Recipe :  Lemon Polenta Cake

Recipe : Lemon Polenta Cake

Jessica White
Perfect For Summer Gatherings - Polenta flour gives cakes a wonderful yellow colour with a pleasing grainy texture and has the added bonus of being suitable for those with an intolerance to wheat flour. Fresh lemon juice and zest act as a nice counterpoint to the dense, buttery flavour of this cake.

2 large lemons

220g/15 tablespoons salted butter, soft

220g/1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (Caster) sugar

4 eggs, lightly beaten

190g/11/3 cups ground almonds

125g/1 cup polenta/cornmeal

11/2 teaspoons baking powder

18cm/7inch round cake pan, base lined with baking parchment

Serves 8

Preheat the oven to 170C (325F) gas 3

Grate the zest from both lemons, and squeeze the juice from just one.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition, then stir in the lemon juice and zest, followed by the ground almonds, polenta/cornmeal and baking powder.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake pan, sooth level with a palette knife and bake in the preheated oven for 90-90 minutes. A skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a while. When cool enough to handle, run a knife around the inside of the pan and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The cake will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container.

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