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Orange Polenta Cake

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 Prep Time | 20 minutes
 Cooking Time | 50 minutes
 Serves | 12 people

Our Notes

Inspired by Pam Corbin, this cake keeps very well and tastes even better the next day. If you like zest you could add a little more to the mix, and some ground cloves or other warming spice would pep it up beautifully!
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Ingredients

125g Pure Maize Flour
225g ground almonds
1 tsp Pure Baking Powder
225g butter/hard margarine (cubed and softened)
200g caster sugar
orange zest, finely grated, 3 oranges
3 eggs, medium

For the Syrup
100ml orange juice (from 2-3 oranges)
50g golden caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a 23cm loose-bottomed/springform tin and line the base with paper. Weigh the polenta, almonds and baking powder into a bowl and mix them well together.
  2. Weigh the butter into a large mixing bowl and beat it until light and creamy (a handheld electric mixer is ideal for this). Add the sugar and half of the orange zest and beat again.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat each one in well before adding the next. (If your butter is well creamed the mixture won’t curdle).
  4. Carefully fold in the polenta and almond mix using a large metal spoon; you want to retain the lightness of the beaten butter and eggs.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the tin and gently spread it evenly with a spoon. Bake the Orange Polenta Cake until the top is golden and springs back when touched.
  6. Warm the orange juice, remaining zest and sugar in a pan until the sugar has dissolved and then allow to simmer for a few minutes. Prick the surface of the cake and spoon the syrup over while the cake is still hot. Cool your Orange Polenta Cake in the tin.

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