An intensely lemony, gluten-free polenta almond cake drenched in lemon syrup and served with creamy mascarpone is a lovely afternoon treat.
I have been in a serious baking mood over the last few weeks. Every week sees me whipping up cakes, pies and pastries and it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight. This week, I revisited an old favourite of mine: the glorious polenta cake.
Now, I know that many of you will be thinking I’ve lost my mind and that polenta is clearly an ingredient used mostly in savory dishes but hear me out. Polenta makes and excellent substitute for flour in cakes which in turn make them completely gluten-free. Score! Plus, polenta gives this cake it’s sunshine-yellow loveliness and adds a bit of texture. This is not a light and fluffy cake. This polenta almond cake is rich, buttery and intensely lemony and every bite is simply mouth watering.
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- 1 cup (150g) polenta (not quick-cooking polenta)
- 1½ cups (150g) ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon cornflour (corn starch)
- 3 level teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- zest of 2 lemons
- juice of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lemon
- 100g icing sugar
- 50ml boiling water
- mascarpone cheese
- Pre-heat the oven to 180ºc and line a 30cm cake pan with baking paper.
- Mix together all the dry ingredients.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and dry ingredients alternatively until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Add the lemon juice and zest and mix well.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan and place in the oven.
- Bake the cake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Don't be alarmed if the cake has sunk in the middle, that's completely normal. Because this cake is so dense and moist and because of the lack of flour, this will most likely happen.
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
- To make the syrup, combine the ingredients and mix until the sugar has dissolved.
- Pour over the cake then serve with a dollop of mascarpone.