Blueberry, orange and polenta cake

What will this recipe make?

A light and fluffy citrus cake topped with fresh blueberries and a tangy syrup drizzle, served with an orange flavoured mascarpone mix.

Whose recipe is this?

Lise Matthews
The cake:

125g butter, at room temperature
125g caster sugar
1 orange, grated rind and 3 tbsp of the juice
75g polenta
75g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds
2 eggs
150g blueberries

To finish:

75g caster sugar
1 orange, grated rind of half and 5 tbsp of the juice
250g mascarpone soft cheese
2 tbsp orange liqueur
Extra blueberries to decorate

The cake:

– Grease a 23cm loose-bottomed tin.
– And the butter and sugar to a large bowl, then add the orange rind and beat together until light and fluffy.
– Mix the polenta, flour, baking powder, ground almonds and the eggs into the butter and sugar and mix well until smooth once more.
– Stir in the 3 tbsp of orange juice.
– Spoon into the greased tin and sprinkle the blueberries over the top.
– Bake for about 35 minutes until a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre of the cake.
– Mix 50g of the remaining sugar with 3 tbsp of orange juice together in a pan and gently melt the sugar over heat while stirring.
– Skewer the top of the cake, then drizzle over the orange syrup and leave to cool.

When ready to serve, mix the mascarpone with the grated rind of half an orange rind and the rest of the sugar, then gradually mix in 2 tbsp of orange juice and the liqueur.

Top the cake with extra blueberries, and cut it into thin slices and serve with the mascarpone mix.

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