Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Clementine Polenta Cake

This moist flourless cake is perfect for coeliac's or gluten free lovers. It features in the LEON bakes and puddings recipe book which I bought from TK MAXX for £5.99 it originally retailed for £20!



Polenta is a form of cornmeal and can be consumed in many ways. It has a yellow, yolk like colour and slightly sweet flavour. Uncooked polenta makes a delicious addition or gluten free alternative to flour.

Ingredients

     For the cake

  • 250g Butter
  • 250g Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 200g Polenta
  • 100g Ground Almonds
  • Zest and juice of 3 clementine's


 For the syrup

There are 3 different ways of making the syrup to pour over the cake, chose one of these 3 listed.
  • Juice of 1 Clementine and teaspoon of sugar
  • Juice of 1 Clementine and 50ml honey
  • Juice of two clementine's
  • Juice of one clementine and agave nectar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170c. Butter a 25cm round cake tin and line the bottom withj baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar to create a light and fluffy texture. Then add one egg and whisk for 50 seconds, then add the other egg and whisk again. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together by hand the polenta and ground almonds.
  4. Add the butter mixture to this and beat well. Fold in the clementine zest and juice before pouring the mixture into the tin.
  5. Bake for 50 mins in the oven. 
  6. To make the syrup pick your two ingredients and mix together. Then when the cake is down in the oven pour half the syrup over the top whilst the cake is hot.
  7. Leave to cool.
  8. When the cake has cooled take out of the tin and our the reminding syrup mixture over the sponge.

Notes and Recommended Products

This cake is wonderful served with Greek yoghurt as the citrus blends nicely with the thick yoghurt.
Clementine's can be hard to find in your local supermarket but luckily you can experiment with different types of fruits with this cake, replacing the clementine's with lemon, lime, raspberry etc.
However I would recommended using a citrusy fruit as it matches the polenta nicely.
When buying the polenta make sure you buy fine polenta flour as ready made polenta will not work in a cake. t can be very expensive and hard to find. I bought mine for around £3 from Booths. 






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