Polenta #01 Orange polenta cake
Polenta is one of those ingredients that I have had in my cupboard for a while but am unsure of what to do with it. Typically made into a mash consistency or grilled, I thought I would try something sweet to start learning about the ingredient. I have heard of lemon polenta cake, but found an orange version on bbcgoodfood.
Ingredients250g unsalted butter
250g golden caster sugar
4 large eggs
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
zest and juice 2 oranges (less 100ml juice for the glaze)
For the orange glaze
100ml orange juice
100g golden caster sugar
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line the base and sides of a round 23cm cake tin with baking parchment. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly. Once the mixture is combined, add all the dry ingredients and the zest and juice after you have measured off 100ml for the glaze.
Transfer the mixture to the tin, spread evenly, then cook for about 45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
To make the glaze, put the juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Let it simmer for 5 mins, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Drizzle the orange glaze over the top of the cooled cake.
Having read the comments, I added more oranges, and am glad that I did. The cake would have been lovely, but perhaps underwhelming with the amount of oranges listed. The extra zing of juice really helped the kick of flavour and the topping was great.