Saturday, July 3, 2010

GF WF Lemon polenta cake with mascarpone and lemon curd

A rich, lemony cake recipe with a polenta base that's a perfect entertaining dessert.
Serve at a special occasion or a summer dinner party.


330g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
130g fine GF polenta, plus extra for dusting
300g caster/superfine sugar
4 large  eggs
300g ground almonds/meal
1½ tsp GF baking powder
4 tsp GF plain flour
Grated zest of 4 large lemons and juice of 2

For the syrup

100g caster/superfine sugar
Juice of 1 large lemon
2 Tbls limoncello liqueur (from major supermarkets)

For the icing

250g mascarpone
150ml double cream
2 Tbls icing/confectioners sugar
4-5 Tbls lemon curd
Handful toasted flaked almonds, to decorate


Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3.
Butter a 23cm springform cake tin, line the base with baking paper, butter again and dust all over with a little polenta.
In a bowl, beat the softened butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy, then gradually whisk in the eggs, one at a time.
Fold in the GF polenta, almonds, baking powder and GF plain flour.
Add the lemon zest and juice, and mix well.
Spoon into the cake tin and smooth over using a palette knife.

Bake for 1¼ hours until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean
(cover the cake loosely with foil if it starts to colour too much).

Meanwhile, make the syrup by heating the sugar, lemon juice and limoncello in a small pan.

When the cake is ready, remove from the oven and pierce the top all over with a skewer.
Spoon the warm syrup over the warm cake and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes.
Carefully remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Make the icing.
Beat together the mascarpone, cream and icing sugar in a bowl until smooth.
Place the cake on a serving plate and spread with the icing.
Drizzle with the lemon curd, swirling it into the icing with the end of a skewer.
Decorate with the toasted almonds.

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