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  • Lemon Polenta Cake

    Can I use all polenta and leave out the ground almonds in the Lemon Polenta Cake?

    From the nigella team:

    Most cirtus polenta cakes, such as Nigella's Lemon Polenta Cake (from Kitchen and on the Nigella website) are gluten free as they contain a combination of ground almonds (almond meal) and fine ground polenta (or cornmeal). Unfortunately we would not recommend replacing the ground almond element with extra polenta.

    Nuts contain oils and the ground almonds in the cake are there as they make the cake moist. If you replace the almonds in the cake then it will be too dry, even with the syrup poured over it. Also polenta has a slightly grainy texture whereas the almonds have a soft texture. The combination of the two gives the cake a nice, slightly crumbly, texture. However if the almonds are replaced with polenta then we suspect that overall the cake may feel slightly too gritty.

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