Orange and Rosemary Polenta Cake GF

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As the days get a little cooler with our Autumn weather I can’t think of anything better than sitting down with a friend and enjoying a lovely cup of Earl Grey tea and a piece of this very moreish, moist, fragrant cake.

The oranges are in abundance at the moment and so it seemed the perfect time to bake this delicious gluten free cake.

I did find that the longer you keep it, the better it gets.

I have to confess our Perth Autumn days are in  the mid 2o’s and sometimes 30’s, so who am I kidding when I say cooler!

Orange and Rosemary Polenta Cake 008


  • 2 large oranges
  • 6 free-range eggs
  • 150g polenta
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Orange Syrup

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Grease and line a 23cm springform cake tin.
  2. Prick the whole oranges and place in a microwave bowl, cover and cook for 10 mins on high.
  3. Remove and cool.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/.
  5. Place whole cooked oranges in a food processor and blend to a purée.
  6. Place eggs, polenta, almonds, sugar and rosemary into food processor with oranges and whizz until just blended.
  7. Pour into the tin.
  8. Bake for 1 hour, until the cake golden.
  9. Remove cake from oven and prick holes in warm cake then drizzle with orange syrup.
  10. Cool then serve with cream 🙂

Orange Syrup

  1.  Dissolve the sugar,  in 100ml hot water in a pan.
  2. Add the liqueur, rosemary and zest.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and cool.
  5. Drizzle syrup over warm cake.



In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary. From this association with weddings, rosemary was thought to be a love charm.[21]

In myths, rosemary has a reputation for improving memory and has been used as a symbol for remembrance during war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia.[22] Mourners would throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” (Hamlet, iv. 5.) In Australia, sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day and sometimes Remembrance Day to signify remembrance; the herb grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula.[22]

Hungary water was first prepared for the Queen of Hungary Elisabeth of Poland to ” … renovate vitality of paralyzed limbs … ” and to treat gout. It was used externally and prepared by mixing fresh rosemary tops into spirits of wine.[23] Don Quixote (Part One, Chapter XVII) mixes it in his recipe of the miraculous balm of Fierabras.[24]

Happy Cooking 🙂


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