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Convection Bake Lemon Cornmeal Cake

This is my ideal cake, easy to assemble, fast to cook, delicious plain with tea, or a little decadent with berries and whipped cream.  I don’t usually bother buying buttermilk, I just add a tablespoon of lemon juice to plain milk, that way I don’t waste the rest of the carton. If you want to learn about the different results baking in Convection vs Regular Bake, I recommend you give this a try in each mode, both will be delicious, but you will notice a difference in texture.

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Larissa Taboryski

Ingredients

1 - stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 ½ - cups, all purpose flour

⅓ - cup yellow cornmeal

¾ - cup granulated sugar

3 ½ - teaspoons baking powder

½ - teaspoon salt

1 - cup buttermilk ( add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to one cup milk and let sit for 30 minutes)

2 - large eggs

2 - tablespoons grated lemon peel

¾ - teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat the oven Convection 325 or Bake 350 degrees and butter a 9” cake pan.

Gently melt the butter in a small pan then set it aside to cool while you assemble the other ingredients.


Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, eggs, lemon peel and vanilla in a large jug or medium sized bowl.


Stir in the melted butter then pour into the flour mixture and gently blend with a rubber spatula.

Scrape into the pan and smooth out - place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the tester comes out clean.


Let the pan cook for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the cake, place a cooling rack over the pan and invert the cake onto the rack. Place a plate on top of the cake and invert it one more time and remove the rack.

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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots

Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.  


In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.

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Ingredients

Preparation

1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs

1 - bunch fresh sage leaves

¾ - cup olive oil

1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks

2 - cups tangerine juice

2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2  - cups, packed light brown sugar

1 - cup water

½ - teaspoon whole cloves

2 - cinnamon sticks

1 ½ - lbs baby carrots

Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.


Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. 


Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep. 


Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.


Bake for 2 hours.


Glaze: 


Combine the  butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.  


Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.


Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.


Serves 12

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