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Polenta cake with burnt figs and honey

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for polenta cake with burnt figs and honey.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 8
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Polenta cake with burnt figs and honey


  • 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


  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    For vin santo mascarpone, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate.
  • 3
    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).
  • 4
    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.
Drink Suggestion: The same vin santo you used in the recipe. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

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