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Gluten-and wheat-free chocolate polenta cake

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30 minutes
11⁄4 hours
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Diemersfontein Chocolate Shiraz

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  • 450 g Lindt sea salt or sesame-flavoured chocolate, chopped
  • 225 g butter
  • 11 free-range eggs, separated
  • 150 g xylitol
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 90 g polenta

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.

2. Grease a 22 cm cake tin and line with baking paper.

3. Gently melt the chocolate and butter in a double-boiler. Whisk the egg yolks and 100 g xylitol until fluffy.

4. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add the remaining xylitol and beat until glossy.

5. Fold the egg yolk-and-xylitol mixture into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the vanilla extract, then fold in the egg whites. Sprinkle over the polenta and gently fold into the mixture.

6. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 ¼ hours.

Cook’s note: Decorate with melted chocolate and fresh berries. You can use any flavoured Lindt dark chocolate.

As an alternative to white flour, polenta adds a depth of flavour and results in moist, dense cakes with a satisfying texture.

Discover more gluten-free treats here or discover more recipes featuring polenta here.

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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    Lyndal van Greunen
    10 March 2016

    Lindt is not Gluten Free chocolate. Geldof is definitely Gluten Free.

  • Monique Raddall
    1 March 2016

    Almond flour?

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    Kerryn Gray
    26 February 2016

    I’d like to bake this with sugar instead of xylitol. Would the quantity be the same?

  • Andrew
    23 February 2016

    would chickpea flour be a good substitute as well?

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      24 February 2016

      Hi Andrew,
      We chatted to Abi and she thinks that substituting an equal volume of chickpea flour in this recipe might end up with a very stodgy cake (and of course, we definitely don’t want that!). It’s best to stick with polenta in this instance.
      Happy baking!
      The TASTE team

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    15 February 2016

    Hi. Would you use unsalted or salted butter.

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