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Orange and Saffron Polenta Cake

The Gourmet Lens orange and saffron polenta cake

When I bite into a slice of this orange and saffron polenta cake I immediately get a taste of the Mediterranean. Made with sweet oranges from Valencia, saffron from Greece and olive oil from Italy it has all the flavours of the sunny Med. Drizzled with an orange glaze dressed with flecks of orange zest and saffron you really feel are back on your summer holiday, unless of course you are lucky enough to live there.

The Gourmet Lens orange and saffron polenta cakeI made this cake with polenta and ground almonds so it is a gluten-free dream. Olive oil in a cake I hear you say? Believe it or not olive oil is the prefect ingredient as it adds moistness and flavour to this cake complementing the other Mediterranean ingredients. Sweetened with raw honey, it is topped with a wonderful orange and saffron drizzle which drips down the side of the cake ready to spoon over each slice. Sprinkled with chopped pistachios and orange zest this orange and saffron polenta cake is the perfect autumn dessert.

I add a pinch of turmeric to add to the natural colour and flavour of the cake. If you do not want to use a glaze then it is delicious on its own with a natural orange and honey syrup poured over the top of the cake while it is still warm.

Health Benefits

We all know that oranges are full of vitamin C but did you also know that they also contain substantial amounts of Vitamins A and B6? As a result, oranges help keep your blood pressure in check and lower cholesterol as well as balancing blood sugar levels. The antioxidants in oranges help with anti-aging and the phytonutrients help fight against disease. Saffron reduces the risks of cancer, depression and heart disease due to its high content of vitamins, minerals and minerals.

About Saffron

Saffron is a spice derived from the dried stigmas of the purple crocus flower and is harvested in Spain, Greece and Iran. Pure saffron is a deep red colour with an earthy smoked aroma. All you need is a pinch as too much can leave a bitter taste to the dish. It takes over 150 flowers to produce just one gram of saffron. So remember to use it sparingly as it is worth more than its weight in gold!

Make It

This recipe for orange and saffron polenta cake sounds exotic but is very easy to make. You can make it in your food processor in minutes. I made mine in the thermomix but any good blender works well. Of course you can make it by hand the traditional way with a wooden spoon!  Once baked, for an extra orange taste pour some orange syrup over the top of the cake. Top with an orange saffron glaze and chopped pistachios. Time to have a slice and transport yourself back to the Mediterranean!

The Gourmet Lens Orange and saffron polenta cakeThe Gourmet Lens Orange and saffron polenta cake

If you like this gluten-free recipe then why not try my recipe for gluten-free pear muffins.

Orange and Saffron Polenta Cake

Orange and Saffron Polenta Cake When I bite into a slice of this orange and saffron polenta cake I immediately get a taste of the Mediterranean. Made with sweet oranges from Valencia, saffron from Greece and olive oil from Italy it has all the flavours of the sunny Med. Drizzled with an orange glaze dressed with flecks of orange zest and saffron you really feel are back on your summer holiday, unless of course you are lucky enough to live there. I made this cake with polenta and ground almonds so it is a gluten-free dream. Olive oil in a cake I hear you say? Believe it or not olive oil is the prefect ingredient as it adds moistness and flavour to this cake complementing the other Mediterranean ingredients. Sweetened with raw honey, it is topped with a wonderful orange and saffron drizzle which drips down the side of the cake ready to spoon over each slice. Sprinkled with chopped pistachios and orange zest this orange and saffron polenta cake is the perfect autumn dessert. I add a pinch of turmeric to add to the natural colour and flavour of the cake. If you do not want to use a glaze then it is delicious on its own with a natural orange and honey syrup poured over the top of the cake while it is still warm. Health Benefits We all know that oranges are full of vitamin C but did you also know that they also contain substantial amounts of Vitamins A and B6? As a result, oranges help keep your blood pressure in check and lower cholesterol as well as balancing blood sugar levels. The antioxidants in oranges help with anti-aging and the phytonutrients help fight against disease. Saffron reduces the risks of cancer, depression and heart disease due to its high content of vitamins, minerals and minerals. About Saffron Saffron is a spice derived from the dried stigmas of the purple crocus flower and is harvested in Spain, Greece and Iran. Pure saffron is a deep red colour with an earthy smoked aroma. All you need is a pinch as too much can leave a bitter taste to the dish. It takes over 150 flowers to produce just one gram of saffron. So remember to use it sparingly as it is worth more than its weight in gold! Make It This recipe for orange and saffron polenta cake sounds exotic but is very easy to make. You can make it in your food processor in minutes. I made mine in the thermomix but any good blender works well. Of course you can make it by hand the traditional way with a wooden spoon!  Once baked, for an extra orange taste pour some orange syrup over the top of the cake. Top with an orange saffron glaze and chopped pistachios. Time to have a slice and transport yourself back to the Mediterranean! If you like this gluten-free recipe then why not try my recipe for gluten-free pear muffins.     Print This
Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • For the cake:
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 200g polenta
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten free) 100ml honey
  • 150ml olive oil
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • pinch of saffron strands
  • 2 eggs (vegans please see note)
  • For the syrup:
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Glaze 1:
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • Juice and zest from 1 large orange
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • pinch saffron
  • pinch of ground turmeric
  • Glaze 2:
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Juice from 2 large oranges
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • pinch saffron
  • pinch of ground turmeric

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 170℃.

Place the almonds and polenta in a food processor and pulse together until it resembles fine salt. Add the baking powder and mix well.

Heat the honey and olive oil over a low heat and leave to cool. 

Zest and juice the orange. Add the juice to the saffron strands and leave for 5 minutes to soften. Add the zest and whisk in the eggs until well combined.

Add the wet mixtures to the dry and gently pulse until just mixed. Do not overheat.

Place in a lined 8 inch tin and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

To make the syrup heat the orange juice and honey until dissolved. Place 6 holes with a skewer into the top of the cake and pour the syrup over the cake in the tin while it is still warm. Leave to cool before turning onto a plate.

To make glaze 1, add the cornflour and orange juice into a saucepan. Slowly heat while whisking continuously. Add the honey and turmeric and whisk until thickened. Add orange zest and saffron and leave to cool in the fridge before drizzling over the cake.

To make glaze 2, pulse the icing sugar in the processor or sieve into a bowl. Add the turmeric and mix well. Add the juice, zest and saffron strands and mix until smooth.

Drizzle the glaze over the cake while it is cool . Top with chopped pistachios. 

Notes

For vegans, replace the egg with a flaxseed egg mix: 4 tablespoons ground flaxseeds and 3 tablespoons of water combined and left to rest before adding at the egg stage.

 

 

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