Ugh, I was craving something sweet over the weekend but I wanted to try something different and use up some stuff we had in our pantry.
I was craving chocolate cake….but yeah…you can’t just going around eating chocolate cake everyday (or maybe you can, more power to ya).
As I scoured the pantry I saw a big ol’ bag of polenta just calling my name.
Polenta, which is made from cornmeal in the US, is used in various ways of Italian cuisine. It can be made into a paste or dough, and can be boiled, baked, fried…lots of options!
Usually people think of polenta as a savory dish, but I had some inspiration to make this into a sweet cake.
Disclaimer: it is polenta and not a REAL cake, however, it’s tasty as fuck and is gluten free, so I would say it’s def something comparable.
Of course I put my Indian flare on this dish, adding in some freshly ground cardamom, orange, honey and rose water.
The aroma of the rose water makes me literally drool, and I love the addition of almond flour and pistachio dust to bring a slight nuttiness to this cake.
So if you are looking for a dessert that is a little out of the box. I GOT YOU.
Think of this as a sweet cornbread cake.
I hope you enjoy!