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Orange Polenta Cake

May 24, 2009

As it has been so wonderfully sunny and hot today, I really wanted to make a summer-y cake and so searched through my cookery books and adapted a few recipes to come up with an orange cake recipe.  We’d already eaten a quarter of it, when I decided it was so delicious (and so quick and easy) that I should share it.

Orange Polenta Cake

orange pol cake






225g butter (softened)
225g caster sugar

3 eggs (medium)
Zest of 2 oranges (see kitchen kit for my favourite zester)
Juice ¾ orange
200g ground almonds (tastes even nicer if you grind some whole ones)

120g polenta flour (a fine pale yellow flour)
1 tablespoon plain flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
Few pinches salt

1.    Cream butter and sugar
2.    Mix in almonds and zest
3.    Beat in eggs, one at a time
4.    Mix in flours, baking powder and salt
5.    Add orange juice

Pour mix into a lightly buttered and lined 8” loose-bottomed cake tin (preferable one with high sides of about 1.5”)

Bake for 45 minutes at 160°C

Leave in tin and hand-squeeze the juice of a whole orange over the top while still hot. Then sift a dessertspoon of icing sugar over the top.

This is especially good served with a dollop of crème fraîche or mascarpone.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2009 5:14 pm

    Hey Katharine, the cake sounds delicious. Problem being, we don’t get polenta here. And even if I did find it it’d either be old or supremely overpriced!

  2. lailablogs permalink
    May 24, 2009 10:12 pm

    Sounds delicious .. Laila ..

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