Monday 26 November 2007

Date,ricotta and polenta cake

This is what was written in my cooking book from the women's weekley.
This is a perfect cake to serve at the end of a italian meal or with a cup of expresso , when friends drop in by late afternoon.
Well i didn't had both, no italian dinner or friends who dropped by late afternoon but still the cake was good.
I am sending this to Chandrika from Akshay Patra , she is hosting this months AFAM event Dates.


Everything into a bog bowl :-)


Adding the dates, nuts etc...

Spread half the cake mixture into the pan

Delicious ricotta filling with the orange rind...

Covering the remain cake mixture

Finished baking.

1 cup /160gm finely chopped seeded dates
1/3 cup / 80 ml Orange Liqueur
1/2 cup / roasted and finley chopped walnuts
2 cups / 300 gm selfraising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup /110 gm polenta
1 cup / 220 gm sugar
1 1/4 cup / 250 gm ricotta cheese
125 gm butter melted
3/4 cup / 180 ml water

Ricotta Filling
1 1/4 cup / 250 gm ricotta cheese
2 tbsp ornage liqueur
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp finley grated ornage rind

Preheat the oven 180°c. Greast deep 20cm round cake pan, line base and side with baking paper.
Combine and dates and liqueur in a small bowl and leave it for 15 minutes

Combine flour, baking powder, polenta, sugar, cheese, butter and the water in large bowl, beat on low speed with a electric mixer until just combined.
Beat on in medium speed untill the mixture change to a lighter colour then , using a wooden spoon stir in nuts and undrained date mixture.
Spread half of the cake mixture into the prepared pan, using a spartrula, spread ricotta filling over the pan mixture and then cover with remaining cake mixture.
Bake in a moderatley slow over for 1 hour.
Cool in a wire rack and serve the cake sprinkled with icing sugar optional


Rosie said...

Hi Happy cook :)

I really DO like the sound of this recipe!! It has SO many wonderful ingredients I just know it's going to be a good tasting cake!! Lovely pics too as always.

Rosie x

FH said...

What a combo! I love the taste Ricotta in any dessert! Looks great and fabulous entry too F!:)

Richa said...

what a beautifil cake with all those yum ingredients going in :)
for a slow heat what temperature did u keep it at?
great recipe!!!

Finla said...

Yeah it indeed was tastin good.

Asha it is the firs time i use ricotta in making a cake.

Thankx richa, i just checked the book and it was 190°c. I have changed in the post.

Chef Jeena said...

I have never tried polenta before happy. I imagine in this cake it is very tasty, as soon as I clicked on your blog and the picture loaded I thought to myself...''I would like a peice of that cake!'. :)

Rina said...

Love dates, so will love this combo. Thanks for the detail steps. Easy to try.

Laavanya said...

The cake looks lovely Happy Cook... great entry. Can i substitute the Orange Liquer with orange juice or will something else be better?

Namratha said...

Wow, looks so good Happy...can almost smell the aromatic goodness! :)

indosungod said...

Looks great and the Ricotta Cheese filling should make it moist and gooey delicious :)

sunita said...

Lovely cake with a lovely combo :-)

TBC said...

This sounds really good. And I like the way you have used polenta :)

Kribha said...

YUm...That is one DATE-LICIOUS cake. Never tried this before and is certainly a very good recipe. Presentation looks lovely too.Simply superb.

Mandira said...

wow, that sounds like a delicious dessert:) maybe that will be our holiday cake!

sra said...

It sounds really tasty, tho' I've only eaten polenta in savoury dishes!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Delicious!!!! picture looks great too

Carnation said...

Thanx to stop by my blog :)

A real tempting Date cake!

Rachel said...

Wow, awesome combo..though I wonder ow polenta would taste in a cake..Looks yumm from the pics!!

Viji said...

A nice combo HC. Viji

Finla said...

Jeena this was my first time tryin polenta. That is exactly what i think when i see a cake in your blog :-)

Rina thankyou.

Lavanya Orange juice is perfect.

Namratha actually you are correct, them small was really good.

Indosungod, true i had tobe carfull when i took the cake outof the form

Sunita it is indeed was a lovely combo

Finla said...

TBC thznkyou. Hey i too make some unusual dishes which i love

Kribha thankyou. Give it a try ;-)

Mandira well that is wht my hubby said, he thought it was less heavier than the traditional christmas cake.

Sra i've never ate polenta, i is my first time using polenta in anyway

Remya's mane.... thankyou

Carnation thankyou, it was my pleasure

Rachel i used really fine polenta and with the combiation it was good.

Vcuisine Thankyou viji

Swati said...

Really rich and wonderful...the color of your baked cake looks so nice...wish could have a slice with coffee...
Merry Christmas!!

Seena said...

dates, dates everywhere..:) (can't sing nor a piece to have..four packets are waiting for me..:D)
Very rich recipe, looks so delicious..thank u Happy..

Cynthia said...

It is indeed a rich cake with wonderful flavours.

bha said...

The cake looks yum.....and dont worry, next time u cook something which needs someone to drop by in to eat it, always count on me....cake khane ke liye hum kahin bhi jatein hain...:P

Chibog in Chief said...

wow all the yummy things i like, dates, ricotta and polenta in one cake...that must be really really heavenly..i just need a cup of tea and a slice of your cake to make my day :-) and be happy

Latha Narasimhan said...

Lovely cake happy cook! :) You are tagged for a meme1 see my blog for details! :)

Sagari said...

cake looks delecious happycook

Bharathy said...

You too make me craveand droooool sooo sooo badly..

Look at those chiken dishes and meat balls ,,,this is too much!;((sigh)

What a lovely cake you have baked!I am lazy and not that confident when it comes to baking..:)

Bong Mom said...

beautiful cake with all those nice things in it. Loved your version of chilli chicken too

Shah cooks said...

ricotta and dates..sounds gooeilicious! can i substitute orange liqueur with something?

archana said...

Wow, what a rich cake ! I don't have ricotta with me today otherwise i would have tried it today itself. Thank you for the recipe.

Meera said...

Very nice recipe!! Thanks for sharing

Raks said...

Cake looks yummy are a good baker HC

Finla said...

Sugar crafts thanyou and merry christmas to you.

Seena, yeah true one coudn't miss dates this month, ucould see it every were

Cynthia thankyou, the filling aroma was really excelent

Bjags, i will keep it in mind when i make a cake next time

Dhanggit well france is not that far from here, u just have to come here for the cake and a cup of coffee ;-)

Latha, thanks i read the meme, i will do it soon

Finla said...

Sagari thankyou

Bharathy, i am glad that i can make you drool once, normally it is me who isalways drooling over your blog.

Sandeepa thankyou

Mallu girl ofcourse you can substitute with orange juice.

Archan, let me know how it was when u make them

Meera thankyou

Raks kitchen thankyou for the wonderful compliment

DEEPA said...

i missed this one ..this is awesome ...i love it have prepared it in a great fashion ....great one

KonkaniBlogger said...

Yummmmm Cake...I have to try it, it looks too good to resist ..

Stef said...

OK - This recipe is totally not working for me and I think I've just figured out why. Did you just use polenta as in cornmeal or did you use cooked polenta? I used cooked polenta and I think that's the problem. Silly me.

Finla said...

Stef so sorry to hear it didn't work.
I used cornmeal /polenta which is called here.
Not the cooked polenta.