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Thursday, 21 February 2008

Lemon Polenta Cakes for Taste & Create



There are so many food blogging events, I'm getting a headache - which is why this particular one, Taste & Create, appealed to me so much. Most of the hard work is done for you already, by another food blogger!
How can that be?
Well, it's an incredibly simple idea. You are randomly paired up with another blogger from the long list of participants and you are asked to look through their blog posts and make a dish that looks interesting to you.

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On hearing that I was paired up with Steph, from a whisk and a spoon, I spent a happy hour browsing through her collection of recipes and drooling over her fabulous photos.
I finally decided to go with a sunny lemon polenta cake, that she had made for an event requiring cornmeal. These little cakes had a surprise under the lemon icing - they had been drenched in a lemon syrup!

Not having cooked with polenta before, I had to go and buy some. I dusted off my friand tin, as I wanted individual cakes like Steph had made. The recipe was easy to follow and the cakes turned out beautifully, although this is one lemon delight that must be eaten with a fork, as they were very crumbly. I really liked the texture of the cakes, the coconut gave a little chewiness and the zing of the lemon really added to the flavour.

Thank you to Nicole for her brainwave, and to Steph for the recipe!

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23 comments:

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

You beat me to it! I was minded to make a lemon polenta cake this weekend, but I may have to change tack now... These look cute - and highly edible!

Marie said...

Ohh, those do look very very good. I gained ten pounds just from looking at them!

Alfie said...

These look soooooo good I can almost taste that lemony zing!

Bellini Valli said...

I love the Taste & Create event !!!This is an excellent choice to highlight Whisk & Spoon's blog :D

manju said...

Gorgeous cakes! The color is so intense -- I can taste the lemons from here! Beautiful job, now I have to go and see which of your recipes Steph did.

LyB said...

Lemons! Those little cakes look wonderful, they might be just what I need to brighten up my week!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

those came out great! i love the drippy glaze, and they are very sunny looking!

Pixie said...

Lemon cakes and pies popping up everywhere, making me crave it even more so then ever!

Sylvie said...

Those gotta be good, they looks so delicious!

nicisme said...

aforkfulofspaghetti - please go ahead and make them - you can never have too many!

Marie - thanks and I hope you didn't gain 10lbs!

Alfie - they are very lemony!

Valli - I really enjoyed this event and you can bet I'm signing up for the next one!

Manju - thanks! Steph did a brilliant job on my oven roasted tomatoes.

LyB - lemons can really pick you up out of the doldrums!

Steph - thanks for a great recipe and for being a great partner!

Pixie - I think you are going to be seeing a lot more in the coming weeks! ;)

Sylvie - extremely delicious!

Kate / Kajal said...

the lemon pollenta cake looks so moist ! Lemons are my favourite and i can just try n imagine how amazing this tastes.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I am not a big cake eater, but I think I could sneak to the kitchen in the middle of the night for this one..

Rosie said...

Sheer perfection of lemon polenta cake!! Delicious now I'm craving for one of your lemon cakes mmmmm

Rosie x

Chuck said...

OMG ... that look so delicious!! I love anything with a lemon flavor.

Julie said...

Those turned out beautiful Nic, I love the color.

Alpa said...

first time here, found you from Cynthia (taste of home). The lemony cake looks amazing!

Kevin said...

That looks so good! I really like lemon desserts. I also like the sound of using polenta to make a cake.

Margaret said...

These look beautiful. I'm pleased you have found a recipe that can be cooked in the friand tin. Mine doesn't get used very much and probably needs 'dusting down' too. I think I should make some of these lemon polenta cakes.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Wow! Yum! I love lemon (well, lime) and I love polenta! This will be a fun dessert to try. Your presentation is gorgeous!

nicisme said...

Kate - I really love lemons and the smell of them!

Nina - I'm so glad to find another person who takes sneaky trips into the kitchen!

Rosie - thank you so much!

Chuck - hi there, I love anything with lemon too!

Julie - thank you!!

Alpa - thank you so much for visiting, and for your lovely comments!

Kevin - I hadn't used polenta before, not even in a dessert but it worked quite well!

Margaret - although I don't use them that much, I use the friand tins for muffins and other small cakes.

Gretchen - hello and welcome! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

Helene said...

I really have to do the next event in March. This is really fun. I love the pictures.

Cynthia said...

Ummmmm, you are so good at what you do!

nicisme said...

Thank you Helene and Cynthia!