Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Polenta - Ricotta Cake with Dates & Walnuts (Deila Smith)

Polenta - Ricotta Cake with Dates & Walnuts
Adapted from Deila Online

200g polenta
250g ricotta
175g chopped dates + 8 dates for topping
50g lightly toasted pecan buts roughly chopped ( I’ve used toasted walnuts)
3 tbsp Amaretto
200g self-raising
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 .
2)      Sift polenta, flour , baking powder & cinnamon . 

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 .


  1. Hi Kit,

    Accordingly to Stella, She said that all DS recipes are fail-proof and I think she is right. I'm seeing the success factor in your cake too.


  2. Mmmm... this cake looks great!!! Love that soft moist texture of yr cake:)
    I hv nvr fancied dates anyhow but my frd had been asking me to bake one for him...hehehe....

  3. Look delicious, maybe you dont know Kit but Delia Smith site was my first begin in blogs:))

  4. Hi Kit
    Oh wow, you cake is looking very delicious. I have never bake any cakes using polenta and dates before. I got to try it one day.

  5. Hi Kit, this cake looks so moist and beautiful! Haha lots of Delia's cakes are really easy... one reason why I like her so much! :P

  6. Yum, love the dates and walnuts in this cake. It sounds perfect to me.

  7. Hi Kit,
    Ricotta and polenta sounds good! And using Amaretto surely makes it so delicately fragrant!
    All the best to your son in his exam!

    1. Thanks Joyce. Sudah habis exam. Another round in June!! Being a mummy is not an easy job! LOL

  8. Simply love the texture of this cake... ricotta, dates and walnuts.. the combination sounds divine.

  9. Cake looks good, soft and moist. Very interesting mix of ingredients, can imagine it having a very unique taste!

  10. Don't worry Mom , your son will ace his exam :D I have yet to try Delia's recipe but I've got some copies of her recipe here :P That cake looks wonderful ! The polenta and ricotta combo sounds really delicious !

  11. Oh, has the exam over by now? Being a mum isn't easy at all! Love this cake!

    1. Thanks Jessie! Over already but another exam end of June. Sitting for pre -U exam leh!! Ya, being a mum is not easy at all. It's a 24/7 job! LOL

  12. Hi Kit, I never use dates for baking before but I love dates. Hope to try it next time :)

  13. I usually don't need a reason to bake...:-)
    The cake looks moist and moreish!

  14. Hi Kit,
    I never try baking with polenta and ricotta.
    It is a bit pricey here..:p

    Your polenta cake looks so so yummy...
    Can I bring kopi o to sit down with you let's de-stress together...LOL
    I have a soft spot with tulips, i adore them, are they from your garden too?
    Have a pleasant week ahead dear :)

    1. Thanks alot for the sweet comment. Lai-lai we minum kopi & de-stress in my garden since its' sunny for once ! LOL No, I bought these tulips. To early for my tulips to bloom . But the daffodils are blooming in my garden. So happy that at last Spring! LOL You too, have a great week ahead! :)

  15. I missed your amazing recipes and this cake is gorgeous! Love polenta cakes (actually I love polenta!)...

  16. Hi Kit, beautiful cake, look so moist and sedaplicious. I also want to join Mui Mui drop by your place for kopi-o and eat your cake, de-stress together. Maybe should invite leng chai along too. LOL

    Beautiful tulips and your plate look so elegant and beautiful.

    Have a lovely day ahead. Regards. Hugs to you.

    1. LOL... Did you just said leng chai? Hurry up & come along with LC! hahaha You know how to make Kopi-O? hehehehe Thanks fro your nice words. Same to you dear, have a wonderful weekend with Leng Chai ;) LOL