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Cornelia's Sweet Corn Basil Cakelets with Peach Compote

This recipe won Fan Favorite for Best Dessert in our 2012 Savor Summer Recipe Contest.

Preparation Time: 1:00
Cooking Time: 0:00


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter - room temperature
  • 1 cup + 1/3 cup sugar - divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Meyer or regular lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 large peaches - pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Basil sprigs for garnish - if desired

Preparation Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 6-cup jumbo muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add sour cream, eggs, lemon zest, and basil; beat until just combined. Add half the flour mixture; beat on low until combined. Add remaining half of flour mixture; beat on low until just combined. Spoon, distributing evenly, into 6-cup jumbo muffin pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, make the peach compote. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine peaches, water, 1/3 cup sugar, and ginger. Simmer 5-7 minutes, or until peaches are tender and juices have thickened slightly. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, stir together mascarpone and honey until combined. When ready to serve, slice a small portion off the top of each cakelet to make a flat top. Place each cakelet on a plate, cut side down. Top each cakelet with a generous amount of peach syrup (from compote), allowing to soak in and drizzle down sides. Top each with peaches (from compote) and serve with mascarpone. If desired, garnish with basil.
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