Pomegranate loaf cake

Pomegranate loaf cake
  • Serves icon Serves 10
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, oven time 50 min

Try this beautiful, yet easy-to-make, almond and polenta loaf cake drizzled with fresh pomegranate juice and seeds. An afternoon tea recipe with a difference.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
308kcals
Fat
17.6g (7g saturated)
Protein
6.1g
Carbohydrates
31g (24.5g sugars)
Fibre
0.7g
Salt
0.4g
Calories
308kcals
Fat
17.6g (7g saturated)
Protein
6.1g
Carbohydrates
31g (24.5g sugars)
Fibre
0.7g
Salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 115g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g golden caster sugar
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 85g instant polenta
  • Zest and juice 1 orange
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 100ml natural yogurt, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 100g icing sugar

You’ll also need…

  • 2lb/900g loaf tin, lined with non-stick baking paper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Halve the pomegranate and remove the juice and seeds (see step 1). Reserve a quarter of the seeds, then use the back of a spoon to squeeze the remaining seeds through the fine mesh sieve into a jug. Discard any pulp left in the sieve.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together
    the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one
    at a time, then fold in the almonds, polenta and orange zest. Mix briefly, then use a wooden spoon to stir in the yogurt and 3 tbsp of the pomegranate juice. Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes or until the cake is well risen and feels firm to the touch.
  3. To make the drizzle, mix 50ml of the orange juice and 50ml of the pomegranate juice with 100g icing sugar. Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately make holes all over the top of the cake (still in its tin) with a skewer. Pour over most of the drizzle, then set the cake aside to allow the mixture to soak in. Serve sprinkled with the reserved pomegranate seeds and pour over the remaining drizzle, with extra yogurt on the side, if
    you like.

Recipe By

The delicious. food team

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