Flower & Flour | Bicostal Kitchen (the baking challenge)

Week One / RECIPE ONE

#hotandhornby

 

On a Wednesday morning (2am) I decided to finally get my act together and start my blog. A blog that will consist of DIY, baking, food, flowers, and floral tips!

I thought it best to kick this blog venture off with a food post. I mean, I am always hungry, and if I'm not eating I'm in the kitchen whisking away. #pigemoji #sorrynotsorry

One of my good (best) friends Joe and I were having one of our weekly catch ups ( after 11 years in New York City I moved back to my hometown Los Angeles so, phone dates have to suffice) and we got onto the topic of food. Joe had this brilliant idea to bake through a book. He is culinary trained and on current beast mode in the industry. I, on the other hand ...  have always had a penchant for flaky crusts. I found that baking came natural to me just as natural as loving my loves (husband, puppies and flowers).

Now, here we are, the whisk takers bi-coastal baking! Baking through Jane Hornby's "What to Bake and How to Bake it" #hotandhornby. The recipes are simple enough that Joe and I aren't dreading our weekly bakes but also adaptable enough we can add our own spin.

Week 1 - "Golden Citrus Drizzle Cake" - by Jane hornby - RECIPE 1

The Golden Citrus Drizzle Cake - photo by Joe Amella Jr.

The Golden Citrus Drizzle Cake - photo by Joe Amella Jr.

 

Recipe:
  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup) + extra for greasing
  • 2 lemons , 2 limes & 1 mandarin (with a vibrant orange skin)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup lemon flavored or plain whole yogurt
  • For Topping:
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
 

*Note - Our adaptations + review

Joe paired his with fresh whipped cream #yum

Photo and Adaptation: Joe Amella Jr. | Golden Citrus Cake

Photo and Adaptation: Joe Amella Jr. | Golden Citrus Cake

I cut mine into circles to make mini cakes. I also made a simple syrup with the citrus zest (instead of the topping), soaked the cake and topped it with a light drizzle. #teatime

Photo & Adaptation: Shanel Marie | Golden Citrus (mini) Cake

Photo & Adaptation: Shanel Marie | Golden Citrus (mini) Cake

Review:

We both found this to be a citrus cornbread. But as my cake cooled and with the help of the simple syrup the texture became more cake - like and less cornbread.  The addition of the cornmeal gave it a nice texture, acting as a highlight not focal point. 

We would suggest if you're not a fan of cornmeal to change the cornmeal vs flour ratio.

Till next the baking challenge! 

xo- SM&JA