Orange Polenta Cake
SO SO delicious. A light polenta cake which is so beautiful when decorated with toasted flaked almonds (any nuts are perfect!) along with grated orange peel OR any fruit or berries, to give different textures and flavours.
This is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat that your loved one will thank you for.
If you can, cook the night before so it sets – but if short of time, this should be good if given a couple of hours to cool, set and hold together.
Polenta is corn, and therefore a useful ingredient for gluten free (GF) baking. Be sure to check that the baking powder is GF too.
With almonds and coconut adding to the healthy fat profile of this cake, these also give the cake a richness such that a small piece goes a long way.
Alongside, the oranges give it a lovely delicate taste and add to the antioxidant profile of the cake.
Remember to buy organic oranges (lemons could be used instead) as citrus fruits are some of the most heavily sprayed crops and often waxed too.
Organic and unwaxed is important whenever the zest is being used.
Orange Polenta Cake
Time to create: 2 hrs
Time for personal effort: 20 mins
GF, GF, RSF, V, P
150ml Light olive oil
200g Coconut sugar
120g Dry fine polenta
80g Desiccated coconut
100g Ground almonds
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
3 Eggs (large)
1 1/2 Oranges (large) zest
1 1/2 Oranges (juiced)
100g Coconut sugar
Toasted flakes almonds
Extra desiccated coconut
Any fruit or berries
- Heat your oven to 180c and prepare your tin by greasing with a little olive oil and line the bottom with baking parchment.
- Mix together the light olive oil and coconut sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the polenta, almonds, baking powder and desiccated coconut.
- Add 1 egg and a third of the dry mix to the sugar and oil, mixing well each time. Add your orange zest and a splash of almond milk. Mix again.
- Spoon into your tin and bake for 25-35 minutes until the sides are just coming away from the tin and it is springy to the touch.
- While the cake is cooling, make your cake syrup by melting the coconut sugar and orange juice together over a medium heat in a pan, until the sugar has dissolved. Simply, prick holes all over the cake and pour the syrup over the top of your slightly cooled cake, leave it in the tin, about 10 mins post bake is good.
- Leave to cool completely in the tin, preferably overnight.
- Carefully remove from the tin and transfer to your chosen plate. Top with flaked almonds grated orange skin.
|||% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat||28g ( 43% )|
|– Saturated Fat||9g ( 45% )|
|– Monounsaturated Fat||14 g|
|– Polyunsaturated Fat||3 g|
|– Trans Fat||0 g|
|– Cholesterol||70 mg ( 23 % )|
|Sodium||120 mg (5 % )|
|Potassium||27 mg ( 1 % )|
|Total Carbohydrate||55 g ( 18 % )|
|– Dietary Fiber||1 g ( 4 % )|
|– Sugars||42 g|
|Protein||5 g ( 11% )|
|Vitamin A||( 3 % )|
|Vitamin C||( 22% )|
|Calcium||( 53% )|
|Iron||( 2% )|
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