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Almond, lemon, ricotta and polenta cake

If summer is not coming to us, we will conjure it up in our plates! We will force it into our dishes and how best to do that than to use the enchanted flavours of Sicilian lemons, unadulterated ground almond and exotic polenta in order to create a “spirit of summer” cake? Seasonal and gluten-free.

Baking is soulful and a proper pick-me-up when all else is a disappointment including the longing for sunshine. This cake will fill your kitchen with the scents of a lemon grove and the lingering taste of sunnier places… You can serve it as pudding or eat it for breakfast as they do in Sicily, or better even : have it with a cup of tea outdoors! Any CHANCE of a picnic this week-end?!

Ingredients list:

  • Butter, 50g
  • Sugar, 280g
  • Eggs, 6
  • Fine polenta, 150g
  • Ground almond, 200g
  • Baking powder, 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Honey, 2 Tbsp
  • Zest of 5 lemons and juice of one
  • Ricotta, 300g
All the scents of summer

All the scents of summer

IMG_3708Pre-heat the oven to 160.

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy and add the eggs one at a time.

Zest each lemon carefully – better to choose organic and unwaxed lemons if you can. Juice one of them and keep the others for a Granita de limone.

Fold all the remaining ingredients and pour into a lined and buttered cake pan.

If you have some lemon extract, you can add a few drops for a more intense lemon taste. Bake for just over an hour at 160 °. It is ready when the middle is still ever so slightly wobbly. The result is a dense and intense cake with a silky and melting texture. Irresistibly lemony…

Serve cold with yogurt and on its own.

This quantity will fill a dish 23 cm in diameter. The recipe is inspired by an australian site: www.goodfood.com.au With thanks!

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Polenta crust tomato bread

This is another recipe from Dan Lepard column in the guardian. I’ve made it twice before with rye flour and it has been a success both times, so here it is!

Ingredients list:
Natural yogurt 100g
Tomato paste 25g
Olive oil 25g
Sundried tomatoes 150g
Sprig of rosemary
Rye flour 200g and plain flour 200g

pinch of salt

1 tsp instant dry yeast

Polenta to sprinkle

Mix together the yogurt, tomato paste and oil, add 125 ml of water and stir in the chopped tomatoes and rosemary.

Put the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl, pour in the tomato mix and work to a soft dough. Leave for 10 minutes then knead and leave again. Shape into one round shape or several small buns. Roll them in the polenta to cover the crust. Leave to rise on a floured tray for one hour. Best to cover with cling film and keep in a warm corner of the kitchen!

Bake in a hot oven (220℃) for 30 min for buns or 45 min for the loaf. Add a bowl of water next to it so the crust is nice and golden.

This is a moist, flavoursome bread and it is surprisingly easy to make. Don’t expect it to rise too much because rye flour doesn’t but it is light and has a lovely, dusty crust. We love it with creamy cheeses…