The recipe for this cornmeal cake is from my grandma. I grew up eating this kind of cake. My grandma is from Korça , a small but pretty country in the the Southeast of Albania. I do not actually know if this kind of cake is traditional of this city, but taking into consideration that this cake was made by my grandma and my mom after her I suppose that it might be a Korça traditional cake. It is called Sodanik (deriving from Baking Soda) because you can feel the strong taste of baking soda. It does not require too much baking soda though, but I suppose that the combination of it with the cornmeal enhances the flavour of baking soda.
The version I’m sharing is my Grandma’s. Regarding the amounts, well I had to calculate them since like every grandma or mom.
Serving 18-20 squares
Cooking time: 40 min
- 250 gr yellow cornmeal
- 300ml milk (or yogurt)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sunflower seed oil or olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 200°C
- In a mixing bowl add the eggs, sugar, milk dhe mix with a whisk.
- Add the oil and mix to combine.
- Combine together the cornmeal and the baking soda and pour to the wet ingredients. Mix until well blended.
- Grease slighlty a square pyrex and pour the batter in, leveling it with a spatula. Bake for about 40 minutes until slighlty golden brown and after a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
- After the cake is cooled completely, slice it in small squares and store it in a tin container.
This kind of cake is delicious as a breakfast meal for the kids accompained with a glass of milk or tea.