Any reason is a good reason to bake . Yes, that is totally me! I was not supposed to bake this cake the other day but I was a bit anxious as my elder son was passing his exam . Yes, I know that sounds really silly but I can’t help it so the only way to relieve stress I need to bake . While going thru all the recipes that I’ve bookmarked , I’ve spotted this Deila Smith’s date recipe that calls for polenta (cornmeal) . We love sweet or savory polenta cakes . .Really glad that I’ve almost all the ingredients required for this cake & my hubby loves date too . Another good reason to bake this cake, right! LOL I did not have any pecan nuts in my pantry so I used walnuts instead . According to Deila Smith this is a dead easy cake & she was right ! It was so easy that I was a bit carried away & added white caster sugar instead of golden ones ! LOL My cake was not as brown as Deilas but noneless this is a crumbly moist tasty cake with lovely nutty flavour. The addition of dates does gave it a delicate sweetness & paired very well with Amaretto . The only thing that I would change for this cake is adding to the damerra sugar with some finely chopped nuts & cinnamon topping which I ‘m sure makes it even tastier . I reckon that this will make a very special coffee cake . As you can see my cake has a crackly top just like my mood that day ! LOL
Polenta - Ricotta Cake with Dates & Walnuts
Adapted from Deila Online
175g chopped dates + 8 dates for topping
50g lightly toasted pecan buts roughly chopped ( I’ve used toasted walnuts)
3 tbsp Amaretto
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
225g golden caster sugar ( I’ve used white caster sugar)
100g melted butter
1 tbsp demerara sugar
20 cm cake pan
1) Preheat oven to 170°C & greased cake pan . Soak dates with Amaretto .
3) Whisk caster sugar, butter, ricotta with 200ml tepid water about 1 minutes till well combined . Fold in dates with Amaretto & chopped nuts & mix well . Pour batter in cake pan & smooth the top . Sprinkle demerara sugar evenly over the top & bake for 1 ¾ to 2 hours till golden brown . ( I’ve baked this cake for 1h 20) . When it’s cooked it will feel springy in the centre when you make a light depression with your finger .
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