Polenta is a popular Italian grain and is often used in cakes to create a lovely moist and crumbly texture. Juicy blueberries and zesty orange are also packed in to amp up the flavour. Serve with a dollop of orange liquer-infused mascarpone for a truly authentic Italian dessert. Bella!
- 125g (41/2 oz) butter, at room temperature
- 125g (41/2 oz) caster sugar
- 1 orange, grated rind and 3 tablespoons of the juice (about ½ an orange)
- 75g (3oz) polenta
- 75g (3oz) self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 50g (2oz) ground almonds
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon orange flower water, optional
- 150g (5oz) blueberries
- To finish:
- 75g (3oz) caster sugar
- 1 orange, grated rind of half and 5 tablespoons of the juice
- Few pistachios, sliced
- 250g (9oz) mascarpone soft cheese
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
- Extra blueberries to decorate
Method1 Preheat the oven to 170oC (150oC fan assisted), Gas Mark 3. Grease and base line a 23cm (9inch) springform tin. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl or food processor then add the orange rind and beat together until light and fluffy.
2 Mix the polenta, flour, baking powder and ground almonds in a bowl. Gradually mix alternate spoonfuls of beaten egg and the polenta mix into the creamed butter and sugar and beat well after each addition until smooth once more.
3 Stir in 3 tablespoons orange juice and the orange flour water, if using. Spoon into the lined tin and sprinkle the blueberries over the top.
4 Bake for about 35 minutes until the cake is well risen, cracked slightly on top and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
5 Mix 50g (2oz) of the remaining sugar with 3 tablespoons of orange juice together in a bowl. Remove the cake from the tin and put on to a cooling rack, peeling away the lining paper and set the rack over a plate. Skewer the top of the cake then drizzle over the orange syrup and sprinkle with the pistachios. Leave to cool.
6 When ready to serve, mix the mascarpone with the grated rind of ½ an orange rind and the rest of the sugar then gradually mix in 2 tablespoons of orange juice and the liqueur.
7 Transfer the cake to a board, top with extra blueberries then cut into thin slices. Serve with spoonfuls of the mascarpone mix.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Nutrition InformationServes 8 - 10
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