Gluten-Free Double-Corn Tea Cake with Cheddar | #DorieGreenspan

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Double-corn tea cake with grated cheddar & paprika

I never get enough of the Jersey’s Silver Queen corns when they are in season. Instead of making a traditional corn bread, consider making this double-corn tea cake. This recipe from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan caught my attention. The double dose of corn sounds tempting. Double means yellow corn flour, not to be confused with cornmeal, and fresh corn kernels. Way to go, Dorie, for coming up with this unique recipe of a double-corn tea cake.

Earlier, I’ve posted an apple walnut, banana sourdough, and a zucchini kumquat tea cakes, using preferments, whole-wheat and spelt flour. They are very healthful and outstanding cakes, but require extra time commitment to make. On the other hand, this double-corn tea cake is easy to do. Furthermore, a huge benefit is that it does not use any wheat flour. Nil. I like finding gluten-free recipes to add to my repertoire for friends who are gluten intolerant.

This recipe is all about corn. The color is sunshine yellow and the flavor is corn forward. First, cream the butter (one stick or 113 grams) and sugar (150 grams). I reduced the amount of sugar by a quarter. Work the eggs (three large ones) into the batter, one by one. Then add in the dry ingredients: corn flour (about 200 grams), baking powder (1 1/2 teaspoon), sea salt and ground coriander. Add a few tablespoons of whole milk for some moisture. For once, you don’t have to worry about overworking the batter, since there is no gluten to speak of whatsoever. Then, stir in the corn kernels (one cup or 200 grams). Finally, the batter is ready to go in the 350°F oven for about an hour.

The last-minute whimsical additions are some paprika and grated cheddar cheese. I sprinkled them on the cake in the last ten-minute of baking to impart a savory note to the sweet corn flavor. With that, the otherwise plain-looking double-corn tea cake gets a surprising dash of contrasting color, taste and texture on its crust. It works!

I’m linking this post to Tuesdays with Dorie.


butter, sugar, eggs, salt, baking powder, ground coriander, milk

Double corn: corn flour & fresh corn kernels

double-corn tea cake

Grated cheddar and paprika on the crust


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    August 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Such pretty loaf. I’m glad your savoury additions worked out for you.

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      August 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      The sweetness of the corn lends itself to the play on the savory side. I’d put in more cheese next time.

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    Diane Zwang
    August 22, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Sounds like all of your changes worked out perfect. The cake looks good. We enjoyed this recipe and all its corn flavor.

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    Diane Zwang
    August 22, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Sounds like all your changes worked out perfect. We really liked this one too, all that corn flavor.

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      August 23, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Couldn’t believe all that corn flavor works so well in a cake without tasting one note.

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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    August 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I’m excited to make this cake – they are all so pretty! Thanks for the link to the flour – need to see if I can find that one close to me!

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    August 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The cheese and paprika are great additions! Your cake looks fab.

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