Cook the Book Fridays: Cornmeal-buttermilk loaf cake from Everyday Dorie

Cornmeal-buttermilk loaf cake from Everyday Dorie on a cutting board.

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Everyday Dorie. 

Cornmeal-buttermilk loaf cake is an easy, tasty, practically fail-proof cake that I made on my first weekend in France and shared with (a lot of!) neighbours who all appreciated it – as is or with a little butter.

Dorie says:

It’s one of the simplest, plainest cakes I make, and yet its appeal is so strong that it’s become a standard. It’s a great weekend cake — it’ll last the weekend and beyond; it’s a terrific cake to take anywhere as a host/house gift […] The cornmeal in the batter adds a slight roughness to the texture and a beautiful sunny color, and the buttermilk moderates the sweetness and saves the cake from being too rich for breakfast.

I mean, what more could you want from a cake?

Cornmeal-buttermilk loaf cake from Everyday Dorie with blueberries, sliced on a cutting board.

The berries are optional and I hadn’t planned on adding them until I saw them at the market, locally (greenhouse?) grown and couldn’t resist (500g for something like €2.50) and am not sorry. Against the slight sweetness of the cake, the berries work well. Bonus? They look fabulous with the bright yellow cake!

A close up slice of Cornmeal-buttermilk loaf cake from Everyday Dorie.

This keeps pretty well at room temperature for a few days but was nice warmed up in a low oven (or microwave) too. I can see the non-berry version working well toasted with jam. This is a cornmeal cake recipe to keep in your back pocket – would work with other berries as well.

A fabulous way to open the summer baking season in France – and I am sure my neighbours would agree!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Cornmeal-buttermilk loaf cake on page 264 of Everyday Dorie or here.

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