Tuesday 4th March 2008Spiced Fig Polenta Cake with Pistachio and Orange Blossom Syrup
Spiced Fig Polenta Cake with Pistachio and Orange Blossom Syrup|
It's Paperchef time again and this month's randomly selected ingredients are...
After Ilva kindly alerted me to the new round and the list of ingredients, my mind immediately started churning over all the possibilities. At first I started thinking of a bean chilli topped with a polenta crust... "but how would I incorporate the flower theme?", I thought to myself.
"Hmm... I guess I could, I suppose, purchase some sort of flower shaped vessel to serve it in?!"
"Ok, what if I was to fill some zucchini blossoms with chilli and coat them in a polenta batter and fry them..., mmm I like that better... but finding the zucchini blossoms will be a bit of an ask now it's later in the season."
"Hold on! I wonder if can I turn it into a dessert?! - Everybody loves a dessert! and I get far more comments for desserts or baking!"
"...lets see, I could make a spiced polenta biscuit / cookie and serve it with some poached fruits with rose water and mascarpone?! No - that's too similar to the Vanilla Roasted Stonefruits and Brioche I did recently. Mmm thinking... thinking. How about some polenta pancakes, or "hot cakes" with the added chili, hehe, that's cool.. I mean that's hot! - but no... I've posted about crêpes recently too!"
"Oh yes I know... I've got it!... A Cake!... A Spiced Fig and Polenta Cake with Pistachio and Orange Blossom Syrup!"
"Yes that will be perfect, I can spice the polenta cake batter with the chilli, some mixed spice and cinnamon. Figs would be gorgeous with that and they scream the warmth of exotic Persia along with Pistachios, and then soaked with a sweet golden syrup with just a touch of Orange Blossom water for my take on the flower theme."
"I absolutely love this idea and I'm in love with this cake!!"
Yes it's true, from it's first conception, I was so excited with my take on the ingredients, before I'd even made, let alone tasted the cake! And I'm so glad to report that on tasting my cake this evening, I wasn't let down. I'm even more in love and bursting to share it with all of you!
I do hope you love it too!
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