Rustic Cakes with Red Wine Onion Relish

I pulled out this recipe book the other day because I had stumbled upon this Vegan cookbook when I was at Powell’s in Portland a few months back. The pictures are gorgeous and I am just in love with the fact that he adds a little play list to go with every recipe. Anyways, this is the only recipe I’ve tried out of the book so far and I was blown away. These little cakes are soooo delicious. I lathered them with this caramelized onion relish for dinner and then ate the leftover with maple syrup the next morning (honestly, I can not tell you which version was better- they were fantastic both savory and sweet!).

I’ll admit- I’m biased when it comes to breakfast food (and particularly when it comes to being able to serve it for dinner without any regrets). But to be completely honest, I think that the onion relish may have been my favorite part about the whole thing. Although the cakes are super delicious by themselves, the onions practically melt in your mouth and have the most beautiful color from being soaked in the red wine. I’d recommend putting this relish on everything- crackers, sandwiches, rustic cakes, imitation meat, etc.

Also, I upped the corn meal a lot so that the batter was easier to work with. This made the cakes denser so if you like yours thin then feel free to use a little less cornmeal when making your cakes.

Rustic Cakes with Red Wine Onion Relish

For the cakes:

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Coconut oil (for frying)

For the onion relish:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onions, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine
  • 1 tablespoon water

Combine, all (except the coconut oil) in a bowl and mix until a thick dough forms. Stick in the fridge for ten minutes or until it’s chilled.

Warm the olive oil over low to medium low in a small skillet. Saute the onions for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are browning and starting to caramelize. Add the sugar, wine, and water and bring to a bowl. Let it simmer over low until the wine has evaporated.

In a large skillet, warm a thin layer of coconut oil. Make golf ball size dough balls and small down. Place 3 to 4 cakes in a skillet and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side (depending on how hot the oil is).

Serve warm with the onions piled on top and maybe some asparagus on the side.

Oh! And don’t forget to eat your leftovers the morning after with maple syrup!



  • vplates
    May 15, 2012

    Hey vv! Nice to meet you. This recipe looks GORGEOUS. I will definitely be giving it a go. Lovely site, too. Big thumbs up all round 😀

  • gglarue
    May 15, 2012

    Looks yummy!! nice pics!

  • ninabaydoun
    May 16, 2012 Hi I nominated you for an award.

  • myfoodreligion
    May 24, 2012

    These look delicious. I love the look of your blog as well. Great job.

    • littlebree
      May 25, 2012

      Wow… I’m completely gonna try this.. But, what do you suggest for red wine substitute? Thank you.. 🙂

  • Sophie
    July 26, 2012

    I had opened a bottle of red wine a few weeks ago (for another dish) and then it dawned on me to try the red wine onion relish. I did. Omigoodness, it was unbelievable! Words cannot describe the sensation of those onions virtually melting on my tounge and their rich flavour. I’m definitely going to make it again (probably a double-batch)!

    • shellywest
      July 26, 2012

      Oh so glad to hear that you enjoyed this so much! It really is an amazingly flavorful and beautiful recipe. And I feel so fancy cooking with wine!

      • Sophie
        July 26, 2012

        Yes, cooking with wine (or any other liquor) always makes me feel so fancy too!

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