Rustic Honey Polenta Cake - 9/13/04

Rustic Honey Polenta Cake

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
1-3/4 cups milk
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Sweetened whipped cream
orange segments for garnish

Honey-Orange Syrup
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbs orange juice concentrate
1 Tbs freshly grated orange peel

  1. In large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt; mix well. In small bowl, combine melted butter, milk, honey and eggs; mix well. Stir into flour mixture, mixing until just blended.

  2. Pour into lightly greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

  3. Bake at 325°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

  4. Meanwhile prepare Honey Orange Syrup.

  5. When cake is done, remove from oven to wire rack. Pour hot syrup evenly over top of cake, spreading if necessary to cover entire surface. Cool completely.

  6. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and orange segments, if desired.

1 In small saucepan, whisk together honey, orange juice concentrate and freshly grated orange peel. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture begins to boil; remove from heat.

Servings: 12

Source: National Honey Board[/b]