Luscious Lemon Polenta Cake with Rosemary Syrup

The 40th of 100 recipes chosen from the blog to go into my cookbook, this one holds a special place in my heart – I just adore it and can taste summer just thinking about it!

My absolute favourite dessert: the sponge is soaked in sweet rosemary Syrup – a perfect foil to the summer raspberries piled up in the middle and clean, crisp Greek yogurt it’s served with. Once tried, this recipe will be with you forever!

 Serves 10-12

What you need…

1 x 1.2 litre, ring cake tin, lightly oiled

175g polenta

50g plain flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons plain yogurt

5 tablespoons rapeseed oil plus extra for greasing

Grated zest of two lemons

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 happy eggs, plus 2 happy egg whites

600g caster sugar

3 heaped teaspoons dried rosemary

Fresh raspberries

Greek yogurt to serve

What to do…

Heat your oven to 180°c / 350°f / gas 4.

Sift polenta, flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

Place yogurt, oil, lemon rind and juice into a jug and stir until combined.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and egg whites with 200g of the sugar for a few minutes until creamy. Beat in the yogurt mixture until smooth and then fold in the dry ingredients until just combined – don’t over mix.

Pour the mixture into your ring tin and pop into your oven to bake for 40-45 minutes until an inserted thin skewer comes out clean.

Meanwhile, place the remaining 400g of sugar in a pan with 400ml water and the rosemary. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Leave to cool completely and then strain through a sieve.

When the cake is cooked, place on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then ease a blunt knife around the outside to separate the cake from the tin. Invert cake onto a serving plate.

When completely cool, prick the cake all over with a thin skewer and, using a tablespoon, drizzle over half the rosemary syrup so that it completely soaks into the cake, making it lovely and moist (tip: this part can take quite a while – I do it slowly,  sometimes whilst watching TV).

Pour the remaining rosemary syrup into a pretty serving jug and pop in the fridge until ready to use.

Tip raspberries into the hole in the middle and serve with dollops of Greek yogurt and the chilled rosemary syrup. Decorate with rosemary sprigs if desired. Divine!

Inspired by…

The Top 100 Recipes from the Food & Drink Series

How easy…

Really easy – a pleasure to create and so stunning on the eye and the taste buds!

 

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