This Ricotta Almond Polenta Cake is a great take on classic Italian ingredients that everyone will love. Plus, it just so happens to be gluten free, too.
What I love about the recipe is that it only uses half a cup of honey to sweeten it. So you do not have to feel guilty for eating a big slice of it. Also it is perfect for those, who follow a gluten-free diet because it is made using a combination of almond flour and polenta, both of which are gluten-free flours. If you can, I recommend baking it a day in advance as I thought the next morning it tasted so much more flavorful and moist than the first day. But whatever you do, make sure to serve it with a cup of coffee (or tea). I promise, you will know why after you taste your first bite.
Gluten Free Ricotta Almond Polenta CakeAysegül Sanford
- 7 tablespoons 3 ½ ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup honey divided
- zest of 3 lemons
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs separated
- 1 ¼ cup 5 oz. almond flour (or meal)
- 1 cup 4 ½ ounces fine polenta
- 1 cup ricotta cheese preferably homemade
- ½ slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar optional
- Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch round spring-form cake pan with parchment paper.
- Beat the butter, half of the honey, lemon zest, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a standing mixer attached with the paddle attachment. If you do not have a standing mixer, hand mixer would work too.
- Add in the egg yolks and continue to mix until combined or a minute or so.
- Add in the almond flour, polenta, and ricotta cheese and mix until combined. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, whisk egg whites until softly peaking. You can do this by hand or a mixer (attached with a whisk attachment). While still whisking, slowly drizzle the rest of the honey and mix until well blended.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture in two batches.
- Pour the mixture into the cake pan. Sprinkle almonds on top.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let it cool for 30 minutes and then run a knife through the edges of the cake and take it out of the cake pan.
- If you prefer, sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve.
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Aysegul is the cook, writer, and photographer behind foolproofliving.com. She spends her days creating recipes from seasonal ingredients on a small island in the Caribbean. Other than cooking and baking, her biggest passion in life is photography. She also is a firm believer that if you know how to read, you know how to cook.