Flourless lemon polenta cake with limoncello syrup

Flourless lemon polenta cake with limoncello syrup

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From
The Birthday Cake Book
Serves
10
Photographer
Laura Edwards

A rustic, very moist Italian cake to be enjoyed at any time, perhaps with a glass or two of limoncello…

For the cake

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
275g unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the tin
200g ground almonds
100g instant polenta
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
250g golden caster sugar
2 large unwaxed lemons, finely zested
1 large unwaxed lemon, juiced
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons limoncello

For the candied lemons

Quantity Ingredient
100g caster sugar
2 unwaxed lemons, very thinly sliced
2 tablespoons limoncello

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan 160°C. Butter a 23 cm, 7.5 cm deep, round springform cake tin and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Place the ground almonds, polenta, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. In an electric mixer, or using a bowl and a hand-held whisk, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy; this may well take five minutes. Add the eggs gradually, fold in the ground almond mixture and drizzle in the lemon juice and limoncello slowly at the end. Blend together well.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35–45 minutes, or until a skewer emerges clean. Leave in the tin, standing on a wire rack.
  5. While the cake is baking, make the candied lemon slices by placing the caster sugar and 100 ml water in a small pan. Dissolve all the sugar over a low heat, then increase the heat to medium and add the lemon slices. Simmer for about 10–15 minutes, stirring occasionally; do not allow to boil. The syrup will thicken.
  6. As soon as the cakes come from the oven, prick them all over with a cocktail stick. Take 1 tablespoon of the warm syrup, add the limoncello and spoon over the cake. Arrange the candied lemon slices over the top.
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