I love flourless cakes. I've actually been keen to make another one of these Chocolate, Date & Walnut ones but tonight I needed something I can slip into their lunchboxes this week and I have a pile of juicy organic oranges in my fruit bowl.
Plus, I felt like something citrusy. It is super simple, no fancy techniques or hours of mixing. There is also no butter involved. A delicious grown up kind of cake that will still make the kids happy. You could easily substitue the oranges with lemons or even a mix with limes.
Orange, Almond & Polenta Cake - Serves 12
250g Almond Meal (I blitzed my own using the same weight of raw almonds in a food processor)
250g Greek Yogurt
2 Tsp Vanilla
Zest & Juice of 2 large Oranges
200g fine polenta
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat Oven to 160C
Line and grease a 20-ish cm Spring form tin
In a large mixing bowl mix together the yogurt, honey and vanilla
Mix in the almond meal then add the eggs one at a time, mixing to combine after each addition.
Stir through the orange juice and zest
Fold in the polenta and baking powder until everything is combined.
Pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes. Honey has a tendency to caramelise and burn so make sure you keep an eye on it, turn down the temperature if you think it is browning too much and cook for a little longer but don't dry it out.
Pull it out of the oven and give it a few minutes to cool in the tin before removing to a cooling rack.
If you wanted you could douse the cake with a simple orange syrup like this one while still in the tin that would make it sublime.
Serve wedges with greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey and perhaps a few scattered almond flakes if you have some kicking about.
I had mine with a cup of T2 French Earl Grey. My taste buds were thoroughly spoilt.
Hope that you have had a lovely weekend and have a fantastic week ahead of you!