Cornmeal and rosemary cake with balsamic syrup

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time35 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the cake

75g fine yellow cornflour
75g self-raising flour
1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
110g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
150g icing sugar, plus more for dusting
4 large egg yolks
2 large eggs
120ml sour cream

For the balsamic syrup

100g sugar
120ml balsamic vinegar
1/2 small sprig fresh rosemary
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Butter and flour a 20cm round cake pan.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornflour, flour, minced rosemary, baking powder, and salt.

3) Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, on low speed beat the butter and vanilla together until combined. Slowly add the icing sugar. Once the sugar is incorporated increase the speed to high and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce the speed to medium and add the sour cream. On low speed add the dry ingredients just until incorporated.

4) Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the lower third of the oven until the cake is golden and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 35 minutes.

5) Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool. Transfer the cake from the pan to a serving plate and dust with icing sugar.

6) To serve, place a slice of cake on a serving plate; spoon some balsamic syrup around the plate.

For the balsamic syrup:

Place the sugar, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprig and let the syrup cool.

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