Orange and Pink Peppercorn Polenta Cake

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Peppercorns in a cake? Think again, pink peppercorns are not actually peppercorns they are berries with a peppery taste, similar in size and shape to a true peppercorn, crushed up in a cake they add the subtlest of spice and warmth, just what you need on an autumnal day. They complement citrus fruit brilliantly.

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Blitzing a whole orange in this cake not only adds an intense flavour of orange but also creates a wonderfully moist texture.

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Orange and Pink Peppercorn Polenta Cake

(you will need a greased and lined 8 inch springform cake pan and a food processor)

Ingredients:

(for the cake)

  • 1 orange
  • 1 tsp pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 170g butter
  • 60g polenta flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

(for the syrup and to decorate)

  • juice of half an orange
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • oranges slices
  • 1/2 tsp pink peppercorns
  1. In a saucepan, add the whole orange and cover with water, bring to the boil and cook for 1/2 hour until the orange is soft. Leave to cool.
  2. Once cool, half the orange and remove any seeds, in a food processor, whizz the orange up with a tablespoon of the water until it has broken down.
  3. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and the butter until light and creamy, add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix in the orange, polenta and crushed peppercorns. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold till just combined, pour into the tin and level.
  5. Bake at 170oC for 50 minutes, the cake should be moist and golden. Leave in the tin to cool.
  6. In a saucepan, boil the orange juice with the caster sugar for five minutes until it is thick and syrupy. Dip the orange slices in and lay out on a lined baking tray, place in the oven to dry out at 150oC for 15 minutes.
  7. Prick the cake with a skewer and pour over the rest of the syrup, top with the orange slices and sprinkle the pink peppercorns over.

 

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Perfect warm, served with some yoghurt, you’ll need a fork, enjoy!

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