Self-made FODMAP friendly bakes

Orange, saffron and walnut polenta cake

Celebrating Iranian new year naturally calls for a cake that contains saffron (OBVIOUSLY!). This year, I decided to combine the zesty flavour of orange with the mildly floral and complementary taste of saffron. I chose polenta because it’s supremely light yet substantial and – you guessed it –  already gluten free.

Celebrating Iranian new year naturally calls for a cake that contains saffron (OBVIOUSLY!). This year, I decided to combine the zesty flavour of orange with the mildly floral and complementary taste of saffron. I chose polenta because it’s supremely light yet substantial and – you guessed it –  already gluten free.

Serves 10

Prep time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 30 minutes

Equipment:

Circular baking tray

Ingredients:

100g fine polenta

75g ground almonds

75g gluten free self-raising flour

Zest and juice of one orange

½ tsp saffron

3 eggs

150g caster sugar

150g butter

1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp xanthan gum

150g icing sugar

50g finely chopped or ground walnuts (optional)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC fan. Grease the baking tin with a tablespoon of butter.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste until fluffy and add the eggs in individual goes, whisking until combined before the next addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the polenta, ground almonds, gluten free self-raising flour, baking powder and xanthan gum. In three goes, sieve the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and whisk.
  4. Fold in the zested orange before pouring the mixture into the greased baking tin.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. For the orange syrup, squeeze the juice of one orange, whisking sieved icing sugar. Put this on a medium heat for about five minutes until the syrup begins to bubble. Gently pour over the polenta cake.
  7. For the walnuts, decorate however you like (I like to ground mine and neatly draw a ring around the edge of the cake!)

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