gluten free lemon and raspberry polenta cake

I made this recipe for my wonderful mother-in-law while we were living in their home. Cathy is coeliac, and her daughter Tahnee, my sister-in-law is gluten intolerant, so a lot of cakes and biccies and things are out of the question. I was dubious of how this would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s moist and tart raspberries cut through the rich lemon flavour – a real spring summer afternoon tea and cake treat for coeliacs and not 🙂

lemon raspberry polenta cake

Adapted from a recipe by Nigella Lawson

– 220g unsalted butter, soft and cubed
– 1 cup caster sugar
– 1 1/4 cup almond meal
– 3/4 cup of polenta (cornmeal)
– 1 1/2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder
– 3 large free-range eggs
– zest of two large lemons
– 1 cup of frozen or fresh raspberries

**Pre-heat oven to 180*C

1. Line the base of a 23cm / 9inch springform cake tin with baking paper and give a quick spray of non-stick oil around the edges.
2. Cream the butter and sugar until soft and pale.
3. In a seperate bowl, combine the almond meal, polenta and baking powder. Mix 1/4 of this into the creamed butter sugar mixture.
4. Follow this by adding one egg, then another 1/4 of the dry mixture. Alternate dry ingredients and eggs beating the whole time until all the mixture is combined.
5. Stir in the lemon zest and fold through the raspberries.
6. Pour the mixture into your prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 40-50minutes.
7. Test with a dry skewer; if it comes out clean, it’s ready.. if not, pop it back into the oven for another 10minutes.
8. Allow the cake to cool in the tin before serving.
9. Serve with fresh whipped vanilla cream.

lemon raspberry polenta cake

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