So…am I being a total jerk for posting a cake recipe during the second week of January?
If I am, you guys can totally tell me. Be honest.
Well…maybe not too honest. I don’t want my feelings to get hurt.
But here’s the thing: I like cake. I like baking it. I like sharing it with friends. And I like eating it. So I’m going to continue to do those things. Maybe with a little less frequency than I was doing in December. But I’m not going to abandon desserts altogether. Deprivation doesn’t jive well with me. Someone always ends up getting hurt in the end.
And this Olive Oil Cornmeal Cake with Grapefruit and Fennel is just barely crossing the threshold into the “dessert” category. The cake itself isn’t too terribly sweet. In fact, I’d say it’s definitely leaning more on the cornbread side of the equation than on the cake side of the equation. And if you skip the glaze, it would totally be acceptable to enjoy a slice (or two!) at breakfast or brunch. No one would judge you.
The fennel seeds were a last minute addition, spurred by the all mighty Google machine. When I was researching recipes, I found several sweet cornmeal cake recipes (usually Italian or Brazilian in origin) that used them. And that sounded like a pretty good idea to me. So I gave it a go. And holy moly, it might just be my favorite part of this recipe. So whatever you do, definitely don’t skip the fennel seeds!
I’m sharing this Olive Oil Cornmeal Cake with Grapefruit and Fennel as part of our monthly seasonal eating round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. At the start of each month, Becky posts a guide outlining which fruits and vegetables are currently at their peak, along with recipe suggestions for how to use them. You can find her January produce guide here. And then myself and a few other bloggers make new recipes to further highlight those ingredients. Check out the links below to see what everyone has created for the month of January. And follow along with the hashtag #eatseasonal on social media to see even more inspiring seasonal recipes!
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
January Eat Seasonal Recipes
Healthy Tangerine Julius Smoothie by Letty’s Kitchen
Leek and Turnip Soup by Vintage Mixer
Apple Almond Bircher Meusli with Winter Fruits by Simple Bites
Saucy Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Curry and Mint by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Squash Boats by She Likes Food
Peanut Butter Crusted Sweet Potato Fries by JoyFoodSunshine
Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Harissa Vinaigrette by Project Domestication
Winter Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Cranberry-Mustard Sauce by Cafe Johnsonia
Meyer Lemon Coconut Panna Cotta by Kitchen Confidante
Maple Orange Teriyaki Salmon Bowls by Flavor the Moments
Summer fruit seems to get all the attention. Each year, people go a little bit crazy in the head over farm stand peaches, juicy watermelons and just-picked blueberries.
And let’s not even get started on fresh cherries. Those things could cause rioting in the streets.
Admittedly, I’m guilty of this behavior as well. I’ve certainly noticed that I tend to have a preference for Summer fruits over those that are available during other times of the year. And in the cooler months, my focus shifts more towards root vegetables and hearty greens. Some weeks, I think I could almost forgo fruits entirely.
But I’ve come to appreciate that there are so many delicious “fruity” offerings in the Winter. And this year, I’m determined to take advantage of them all. Luckily for me (and for you!), my Winter Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Gingerbread Granola are a great way to do just that. Loaded with persimmons, pomegranates and grapefruit segments, these bowls will have you falling in love with Winter fruits all over again.
Granola is a food that I like. And I eat it often. But it’s not something that I typically go crazy over. Until now, that is. I absolutely COULD NOT STOP eating this gingerbread granola. It’s spiced just right. And the chunks of candied ginger and dark chocolate are to die for. I guarantee you’re going to find yourself making it over and over again (even when it’s not “gingerbread season” anymore). Oh and did I mention that it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare?!?! Seriously. Stovetop granola FOR THE WIN. Why have I been wasting so much time baking granola in the oven all these years. Not sure I’ll ever go back to making it that way again.
I’m sharing these Winter Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Gingerbread Granola as part of our monthly #eatseasonal recipe round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. If you’re finding yourself in a cooking rut, look no further than Becky’s December Produce Guide, which has a ton of inspiring recipes that take advantage of this months fruits and vegetables. Oh and a bunch of my blogging friends have created new recipes as well, which you can find linked below. Go check ‘em all out!
December Eat Seasonal Recipes
Roasted Persimmon Ice Cream by Cafe Johnsonia
Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Joy Food Sunshine
Potato Leek Soup with Italian Sausage by Completely Delicious
Winter Greens with Pomegranate Seeds and Olives by Letty’s Kitchen
Asian Kale Power Salad by She Likes Food
Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt by Simple Bites
Pesto Pasta with Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon by Vintage Mixer
Mini Cranberry Orange Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust by Flavor the Moments
Beet and Root Vegetable Tian with Apple Cider Reduction by Food for my Family