My dad's coworker made this Lemon Polenta Cake and brought it to work during the holidays last year. My dad was obsessed with it and pretty much hounded me to make it for him everyday lol. I guess whining runs in the family!
This Lemon Polenta Cake recipe is by the famous Nigella Lawson, who makes everything she does seem oddly sexual hahahaha.
The recipe is on the Food Network site.
This is a super quick and easy cake, if you are able to find the ingredients.
1 3/4 sticks (14 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups almond meal/flour Almond meal can be hard to find. You can just grind up blanched slivered almonds in your food processor as an alternative.
3/4 cup fine polenta/cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Zest 2 lemons (save the juice for the syrup)
For Syrup:Ok, important thing for me to point out...I didn't know what polenta actually looked like so I super failed & accidentally bought the precooked polenta at Trader Joe's. It's already seasoned & salted so I decided not to use it since it might ruin the cake.
Juice from the 2 lemons
Heaping 1 cup confectioners' sugar
I ended up just substituting with an extra 3/4 cup of almond meal. It still turned out ok!
Cut parchment paper to fit at the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
Spray sides of pan with non-stick spray or use butter.
Cream the room temperature butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the almond meal, baking powder, & polenta (if using).
Then add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the butter and mix.
When it is well mixed, add in 1 egg.
Continue to alternate dry ingredients and eggs, beating till well combined.
Zest the 2 lemons and add into batter.
Pour the batter into the pan. Spread evenly (duh).
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Bake cake for about 40 minutes.
Test the cake with a toothpick and if it doesn't come out clean, continue to bake for about 5-10 more minutes.
After the cake is baked, leave it in the pan to cool.
Now, time to make the syrup!
Juice the 2 lemons you just zested, remember to strain it to get rid of seeds & pulp.
Add the juice and 1 cup of powdered sugar into a small pot.
Turn stove to medium heat and heat up the syrup just until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remember to whisk! Or it'll burn.
Poke holes over the top of the cake with a toothpick.
Pour the warm syrup (all of it) onto the cake.
Let the syrup soak into the cake and allow it to cool.
I let it sit overnight.
It looks kinda ugly but it tastes really refreshing and lemony. Just like lemon curd!
The texture is meant to be kinda soft & sticky. This doesn't mean it's undercooked.
Nigella didn't let me down! I would like to try it with polenta next time to see if it makes a difference in texture.
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