Orange, Pistachio and Honey Polenta Cake
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Orange, Pistachio and Honey Polenta Cake

Bursting with the delicious flavours of the Mediterranean, this Orange, Pistachio and Honey Polenta Cake, is naturally gluten free, dairy free AND refined sugar free. It’s also very easy to make and, of course, totally delicious!
Recipe Type Cake, Dessert, Pudding
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serves 16 slices
Calories 309 kcal
Author Eb Gargano

Ingredients

Cake

  • 200 g fine polenta
  • 200 g pistachio kernels ground or chopped finely
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 4 eggs
  • 175 ml honey
  • 200 ml olive oil

Glaze

  • Juice of 1 orange roughly 50ml/2floz
  • 50 ml honey

Decoration

  • 50 g pistachio kernels ground or chopped finely
  • Zest of 1 orange

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 160C fan/ gas mark 4 / 350F. Grease a 20cm / 8inch cake tin with a little olive oil and line the base with baking paper. Grease the top of the baking paper with a little olive oil too.

  2. Mix all the polenta with 200g / 7oz ground/chopped pistachios and orange zest from 1 of the oranges in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk together the eggs, 175ml / 6floz honey, all the olive oil and the juice from 1 of the oranges in a large bowl or jug.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased and lined tin and cook in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the top is light gold and a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Just before the cake is ready to come out, mix 50ml / 2floz orange juice from the second orange with 50ml / 2floz honey and pour over the hot cake whilst still in the tin – leave for at least 10 minutes before removing the cake from the tin.

  7. Place the cake on a plate or a stand and decorate with remaining pistachios and orange zest.

Notes

The batter for this cake is VERY wet – therefore I advise NOT using a loose bottomed tin as the batter may not stay in the tin!!

Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Nutrition Facts
Orange, Pistachio and Honey Polenta Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.