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Polenta cake with burnt figs and honey

You'll need

110 gm coarse polenta 300 gm unsalted butter, softened 150 gm sugar 4 eggs, at room temperature 100 gm honey, plus extra, warmed, to serve 50 gm (1/3 cup) self-raising flour 200 gm blanched almonds, finely ground   Vin santo mascarpone 40 ml vin santo (or to taste) 250 gm mascarpone 1 tbsp pure icing sugar, sifted   Burnt figs 8 figs, halved For dusting: raw caster sugar


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 150C. Combine polenta and 80ml boiling water in a heatproof bowl, stir well, set aside. Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add honey, flour, polenta and ground almonds and stir to combine. Spoon into a buttered and floured 11cm x 21cm loaf pan, smoothing top. Bake in centre of oven until a skewer inserted into centre withdraws clean (1 hour 20 minutes). Cover cake with foil during baking if it becomes too dark. Cool in tin for 15 minutes, then carefully invert onto a plate.
  • 02
  • For vin santo mascarpone, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for burnt figs, place figs cut-side up on an oven tray, scatter evenly with sugar and caramelise using a blow torch (1-2 minutes; see note).
  • 04
  • Serve cake topped with figs, drizzled with extra honey, and mascarpone to the side.

Note If you don't have a blowtorch, you can caramelise the figs cut-side down in a hot frying pan dusted with sugar.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

Drink Suggestion

The same vin santo you used in the recipe.

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Mar 2009

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