Nectarine and marsala polenta cake with marsala mascarpone

Nectarine and marsala polenta cake with marsala mascarpone
  • Serves icon Serves 8-10
  • Time icon Hands-on time 30-40 min, oven time 60-65 min

Ripe nectarines and sweet marsala wine evoke memories of Sicily in this moreish polenta cake recipe. It’s easy to transport making it perfect for any summer picnic.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
791kcals
Fat
51.1g (18.8g saturated)
Protein
12.6g
Carbohydrates
64.6g (58.2g sugars)
Fibre
1.2g
Salt
no salt
Calories
791kcals
Fat
51.1g (18.8g saturated)
Protein
12.6g
Carbohydrates
64.6g (58.2g sugars)
Fibre
1.2g
Salt
no salt

For 10 servings

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 large ripe nectarines, plus 2 sliced nectarines to serve
  • 125ml sweet marsala wine
  • 190ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 240g golden caster sugar
  • 100g fine polenta
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 3 large free-range eggs, beaten

For the marsala mascarpone

  • 500g mascarpone
  • 100g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 4 tbsp sweet marsala wine

You’ll also need…

  • 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin, lined with baking parchment

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas 3½. Fill a large saucepan with water and add the caster sugar. Bring to a simmer, then carefully drop in the nectarines. Poach for 30-40 minutes at a very gentle simmer, until tender (the length of time will vary depending on how ripe the nectarines are). Remove the fruit and, once cool, slice the fruit off the stone, then put in a food processor with the 125ml marsala.
  2. Add the remaining cake ingredients to the food processor and blend to a smooth batter. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 60-65 minutes or until cooked through – a skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, using a balloon whisk, beat the mascarpone, icing sugar and 4 tbsp marsala in a bowl until smooth. Dust the cooled cake with a little icing sugar, then serve with a dollop of marsala mascarpone and nectarine slices.

delicious. tips

  1. Store the cooled cake in a sealed container or tin. Chill the mascarpone in a sealed container for up to 24 hours.

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