First there were some plums perilously close to going mouldy in the fruit bowl. They nearly became a crumble, then I started thinking about cake. (That happens quite a lot). So here's what happened next... a pretty-as-a-picture vegan polenta cake with plums on top.
Juicy, over-ripe plums arranged in a pretty pattern over a lusciously lemony polenta and almond cake. Perfect with a cup of tea and a sit down on a Saturday afternoon, or just as good as a dinner party dessert with a scoop of dairy-free ice-cream.
This delicious dessert is surprisingly easy to make, and all the ingredients will be available in your local supermarket.
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Vegan Polenta Cake: Equipment & Shopping List
You will need:
- 25cm (9 inch) cake tin
- Small bowl or mug
- Food mixer or large bowl
- Dairy-free margarine
- Brown sugar
- Caster sugar
- Ground chia or flax seeds
- Ground almonds
- Instant polenta
- Baking powder
Vegan Polenta Cake with Plums
For the plum topping:
- 4 plums, de-stoned and thinly sliced
- 50 g dairy-free margarine
- 50 g brown sugar
For the polenta cake:
- 3 tbsp ground/milled chia or flax seeds mixed with 160ml water
- 200 g dairy-free margarine
- 200 g caster sugar
- 200 g ground almonds
- 100 g polenta (instant)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 lemons - zest and juice
- Preheat the oven to 160C / 325F / Gas Mark 3. Grease a 25cm (9 inch) cake tin.
- Mix together the chia or flax seeds and water in a small bowl or mug and put in the fridge for a few minutes until 'gloopy'.
- Place the 50g margarine and 50g brown sugar for the topping into the bottom of the cake tin, and place in the oven until melted and bubbling. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Arrange the plum slices in the bottom of the tin, overlapping slightly.
- In a food mixer or large bowl, beat together the margarine and sugar for the cake, until pale and fluffy. Add the chia/flax seed mix and beat again. Finally, add the ground almonds, polenta, baking powder, and zest and juice of the lemons. Mix slowly until just combined.
- Pour the cake mix over the top of the plums, spread evenly, and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer or knife comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 15-20 minutes, then place a plate over the top of the tin, flip over and carefully turn out.
Polenta cake recipe based on this one by Lesley Walters, plum topping and vegan-isation are my own!
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