Orange, Poppy, and Polenta Drizzle Squares

Makes 16
Made in collaboration with Catherine Fulvio. The inclusion of polenta in this fragrant and moist tray bake makes it incredibly light in texture. The fresh, zesty flavors of the oranges teamed with the sweet, sticky drizzle is a match made in heaven.
Orange, Poppy, and Polenta Drizzle Squares
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    For the Cake

    • 150g Butter
    • 150g Siúcra Caster Sugar
    • 3 Eggs
    • 180g Plain Flour, sifted
    • 50g Fine Polenta
    • 2 tsp Baking Powder
    • 2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
    • 1 Medium Orange, zest and juice
    • 3 to 4 tbsp Milk

    For the Drizzle

    • 1 Medium Orange, zest and juice
    • 100g Siúcra Caster Sugar

    To Decorate

    • Thin slices of Orange (simmered on a stock syrup) & mint

    Preheat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C /Gas mark 4.
    Line the base and sides of a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with baking parchment.

    Cream the butter and Siúcra Caster Sugar together until light and fluffy.
    Add the eggs, one as a time, beating after each addition.

    Combine the flour, polenta, baking powder, and poppy seeds together.
    Then fold these into the egg mixture.
    Add the orange juice and zest. If it is too stiff, add a few tablespoons of milk.

    Pour the mixture into the tin, spread evenly and bake for about 25 minutes. To check if it is cooked insert a skewer into the center. When it comes out clear the cake is ready.

    Just as the cake comes out of the oven, stir the Siúcra Caster Sugar, orange zest and orange juice together and while the cake is still hot, pour the topping over.

    Cool the cake in the tin for 15 minutes before removing to a rack.

    Slice into 16 squares when cool.


    Recipe supplied by Catherine Fulvio