Orange Polenta Loaf Cakes

I wanted to try out my new mini loaf tins again so I made these really quick loaves using the same polenta mixture as the Jasmine Tea Polenta Cakes and Sloe Polenta Cakes.

Orange Polenta Mini Loaf

You’ll need

  • 200g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 100g polenta
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 medium sized oranges

Equipment

  • 10 mini loaf tins
  • KitchenAid or electric mixer

To make them

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  2. Grease and line the base and long sides of the mini loaf tins. very important! I totally forgot to do this the first time I made these and it was incredibly, irritatingly fiddly to get them out!
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
  4. Meanwhile measure out the polenta, ground almonds and baking powder in a bowl and stir together well.
  5. Add a third of this dry mix to the fluffy creamed sugar and butter with one egg and mix til combined.
  6. Add another third and another egg and mix well.
  7. Add the final third and last egg and mix well.
  8. Stop the mixer and add the orange zest and stir in til well combined.
  9. Divide the mix between the loaf tins. Don’t overfill more than half way otherwise they will spill over and/or sink in the middle.
  10. Bake for approx 30-40 minutes til the mix is coming away from the tins.
  11. Leave to cool in the tins and then lift out with the help of the paper!

You can make a simple drizzle to go with these.  I like adding some cardamom to it but cinnamon or even some fresh thyme.  Just take the juice of the oranges and add 2 tbsp of icing sugar per orange.  Gently heat it til it is a syrupy consistency.

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