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Chocolate Polenta Cake

A decadent chocolate dessert with a twist that can be served with caramel and creme fraiche.
Chocolate Polenta Cake
Ingredients
  • Butter, for greasing
  • 150g/ 1 cup good quality dark chocolate
  • 150g/ 1 cup ground almonds
  • 100g / ¾ cup polenta
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g/ 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Crème fraîche, to serve
Ingredients for Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 100g/ 1 stick butter
  • 150g / ¾ cup soft dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150ml/ ½ cup double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract Generous pinch of sea salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4 and grease a 20cm (8”) diameter springform tin, then line the base with baking parchment.

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Mix together the ground almonds, polenta and baking powder in another small bowl.

Beat the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is light and pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold through the melted chocolate until completely incorporated.

Tip the bowl of dry ingredients into this mixture and fold with a spatula until just combined. Add the vanilla extract and fold through.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and place it on the middle shelf of the oven to bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Prepare the caramel sauce; place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the cream, vanilla extract and salt and whisk together. Bring to a steady simmer for 3 minutes until the sauce is sticky and thick. (The sauce will keep for up to 7 days in a sealed container in the fridge).

Serve the cake warm in slices with a little crème fraîche and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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