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orange and polenta cake

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Serves 10

loely with a syrup and creme freche

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  • • 2 small oranges
  • • 5 large eggs
  • • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • • 175g (6oz) ground almonds
  • • 50g (2oz) polenta (cornmeal)
  • • 5ml (1tsp) baking powder
  • For the orange syrup:
  • • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
  • • Juice of 1 large orange


    1. Place the oranges, unpeeled, in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 1¼ hrs until very soft. Drain and cool for 30 mins. 2. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F, gas mark 5). Grease and lightly flour a 24cm (9½ in) springform cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper. 3. Roughly chop the boiled oranges, removing any pips. Place in a food processor or blender and purée. Whisk together the eggs and sugar for 1-2 mins then stir in the ground almonds, polenta and the baking powder, followed by the puréed oranges. 4. Pour into the tin and bake for 40-45 mins until light golden and just firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins then turn out and cool completely. 5. To make the syrup, place the sugar and 60ml (4tbsp) water in a small pan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Boil, without stirring, 6. until the mixture turns light golden. Remove from the heat and add the orange juice. It will bubble and caramelise so reheat gently until dissolved. 7. Serve the cake in thin slices with the warm or cold syrup and crème fraîche. Lightly dust with icing sugar.

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11th Apr, 2010
This is also on Tara Ramsey website, i just put it on because it is fab as you put it and i like all the recipies in one place. All the recipies I add are from elsewhere its just i have just started using good food and its much easier to have all my favs in one place.
8th Apr, 2010
is this not the good food recipe for orange almond polenta cake (without the topping)? i make this a lot and it is FAB.
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