Cornmeal-Millet Toasting Cake
If your idea of a perfect breakfast is a toasty slice of something
sweet dunked in your coffee or cocoa, this cake is for you. It has
a wonderful textureÑfull of cornmeal and fluffy cooked
millet... and it's just sweet enough to appease your sugar
craving without overdoing it. Although designed to be sliced,
toasted, and buttered, this cake can also eaten straight when
- Unwrap the butter ahead of time
and place it directly in the mixing bowl to soften.
- Use a fine grade of cornmeal (not
the coarser polenta) for best results.
- For the protein powder, use the
fuffy, beige, slightly sweet variety (usually marked "80 %" or
"90%" soy protein powder) in the bulk bins at most natural food
- Freeze the cake in slices, sealed
in a heavy zip-style plastic bag. If they're not too thick, the
frozen slices can go directly into a toaster oven without being
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup soy protein powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups cooked millet (instructions follow)
2 cups yogurt (lowfat okay)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Lightly spray a standard-sized tube pan or Bundt pan with nonstick
- In a large bowl, beat the butter for several minutes with an
electric mixer at high speed. Add the sugar and beat for several
minutes longer. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after
each. Beat in the vanilla.
- In a second bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, protein powder,
salt, baking powder, and baking soda, slowly mixing them together
with a whisk. Add the brown sugar and millet, rubbing them in with
your fingers until the mixture is uniformly blended.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3
installments, alternating with the yogurt (dry-wet-dry-wet-dry).
After each addition, use a spoon or rubber spatula to stir from the
bottom of the bowl just enough to blend. Don't overmix. The batter
will be stiff.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spooning it in clump
by clump. When it is all in the pan, take your time spreading it
evenly in place with a rubber spatula.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick
or sharp knife inserted all the way into the center comes out
clean. Cool for at least 45 minutes before removing the cake from
the pan. (To remove the cake from a tube pan, pull out the tube
with the cake still on it, and set it down. Gently lift the cake
off and onto a plate. To remove the cake from a Bundt pan, rap the
pan sharply a few times, then invert the cake onto a plate.) Let
the cake cool on the plate for at least 15 minutes before
TO COOK MILLET
Combine 1 cup millet with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium-small
saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower to the slowest possible simmer,
and cover. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Fluff with a
fork to let the steam escape and to keep the grains separate.
Yield: 3 cups