Lemon Polenta Cake with Balsamic Strawberries

Polenta cake? Yes.

This is one of Jon's favorite desserts. It's a refreshing treat for summer time and easy to make! It's a slightly savory alternative to your normally sweet desserts.
Serves 12
  • 7 ounces unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 3/4 cup fine polenta
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tbs lemon zest
  • 4 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 pints (about 4 cups) fresh strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tbs good-quality aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and position an oven rack in the center. Grease a 9-inch springform pan an line the bottom with a parchment circle. 

Mix butter and sugar and beat until thick and pale (about 2 minutes). In a medium bowl, combine the almond meal, polenta and baking powder. Slowly add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, add an egg and mix until combined. Alternate dry ingredients and eggs until mixture is combined. 

Add lemon zest and pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake until an inserted cake tester is clean when removed (about 40 minutes). Remove the cake from the oven and transfer to a wire rack, keeping it in the pan. 

In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice and confectioners' sugar. Place on the stove over a medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. 

Lightly prick the top of the cake all over. Pour the warm syrup over the cake and set aside to cool. When cool, remove the cake from the pan and cut into wedges. 

Combine strawberries, balsamic, sugar and pepper in a bowl and let sit for about 30 minutes to soak in the flavor. Serve a heaping spoonful over each slice of cake. 


when God is moving

What's up blogger world?

Total confession up front: I have been binge watching Gossip Girls for the past few weeks and now as I write this blog I have Kristen Bell's voice over in my head narrating as I type. It makes writing more comedic. I hardly intend to be a sinister gossip blog, but seriously though, Blair Waldorf: amazing.

Life has been A WHIRLWIND. Ever since my last post, comments, texts, voicemails and sweet care packages were flooding our home and we couldn't even comprehend the amount of love we felt. It was surprising how encouraging and healing it was to let others in on your pain.

We had the privilege of spending a few days in Big Sur with a few of our favorite people. It was so refreshing to spend time in God's creation, just RELAXING. Our friend, Andrew Abajian, is an incredibly inspiring photographer and filmmaker and made a short highlight film of our trip. Worth the watch.

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Also since my last post, I was offered a new job! God is truly in the details and there are times like this where I sit back and laugh because things don't happen at all the way I would've preferred. The job offer was extremely out of the blue, but felt like a big answer to prayer. I'm not at all a risk taker so leaving a job with people I consider family for something new and unknown made me fearful, but this is one of those learning moments to trust what God has in this season.

So now I am currently busy learning a new job and still trying to create some delights in the kitchen to share with the internet world. Life is crazy, but it's good and it's important to remind yourself that there is a lot to be grateful for in the midst of it all! 

A friend sent me a book, Bittersweet, that I have been slowly reading and soaking up. The most recent chapter I read was a reflection on the author's own miscarriage and she closed the chapter by saying, "I'll keep celebrating the good news with each friend and each new baby, until maybe I'm the only one left in the dwindling circle. And I'll ask for help and tenderness every time I find myself crying in the bathroom. And most important, I'll choose to believe that sometimes the happiest ending isn't the one you keep longing for, but something you absolutely cannot see from where you are." That is beautiful to me. Looking back on how I used to think my life would be, I couldn't have imagined I'd be where I am, with the man I'm married to, at the job I have..the list goes on. But it's better than I could've imagined! One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20 where Paul writes: Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. That is my prayer for this season I find myself in: that I would remember that God is already in my tomorrow preparing the way for the surprises, the ups + downs and most importantly, preparing something more incredible than my wild imagination could dream up.