Is there any justice in the world?
I was furious yesterday after spending hours preparing what should have been a fabulous celebratory cake with many frills and decorations..and then it all irretrievably collapsed. The pastry was also awful. In the fury of the moment I opened the lid of my bin and threw it all in! That's when my impulsive Italian genes certainly don't help. Now I had to bake it all over again.
Of course I didn't. I quickly dashed to my local patisserie and bought a cake. I had had enough of baking anyway. I know I am no chef but that still felt quite bad.
I swore I will never bake again, ever. That only lasted until this morning when I woke up at the crack of dawn determined to make something edible. I can get obsessed with baking.
I spent only 20 minutes preparing this rustic polenta and almond cake and as unjust as it can seem it was one of the most delicious yet simple cakes I have ever made! Why is it that sometimes that cakes that take little time and effort to prepare can taste amazing?
This crumbly cake, with a delicate almond and lemon aroma and with the crunchy bite of polenta reminds me of my grandmas rustic bakings.
This recipe is a keeper to make over and over again.
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 35 minutes
Sift the flour in a bowl and mix it with the corn meal and the baking powder. Ground the almonds in a processor leaving a handful aside for decoration.
Put the flour on your worktop, make a hole in the middle and add the eggs, the softened butter, the ground almonds, salt, sugar and zest and juice of the lemon.
Incorporate the ingredients with your hands and form a ball.
Line a baking tray with baking paper (or just grease well your baking tray) and put the pastry on it. Make it even by pressing it with your finger tips. Put the remaining almonds on top of the pastry.
Cook at 180C or 350F for 35 minutes until golden.
Let it cool down before serving.
I am entering this to "Credit Crunch Munch" which I am hosting this month. Enter your recipe too for a fab round up at the end of the month!