Spiced Fig Polenta Cake with Pistachio and Orange Blossom Syrup

Spiced Fig Polenta Cake with Pistachio and Orange Blossom Syrup

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Great entry, wish it was mine ;) It looks delcious!

linda — Tuesday 4th March 2008 8:53 am

That is totally out of site fantastic! I'm thinking much to literally I see.
I love polenta cakes! Well done Bron!

MyKitchenInHalfCups — Tuesday 4th March 2008 9:37 am

Your cake looks fantastic, I went down the sweet route too and made ice cream. Also, I am really excited to discover other NZ bloggers.

Kai — Tuesday 4th March 2008 7:53 pm

I love polenta and have only ever made savory ones with the exception of a blueberry polenta cake. This looks very delicious and as always, the photography is top notch! Cheers!

The Culinary Chase — Tuesday 4th March 2008 10:28 pm

That event is so interesting, Bron! And your entry is superb.

Patricia Scarpin — Wednesday 5th March 2008 2:19 am

this looks divine! Is instant polenta the same as cornmeal? Would the texture be much different if I used it?

tori lo — Wednesday 5th March 2008 7:35 am

This cake sound very good to me! Especially this pistachio and orange syrup... delicious!
Have a good week, Margot

Coffee and Vanilla — Wednesday 5th March 2008 8:51 am

wow this looks delicous! orange AND pistachio! mmm

Bev — Wednesday 5th March 2008 9:15 am

This cake is something I really would love to try...all of these Middle-Eastern/North African flavours in one cake...it sounds perfect!

Ali — Wednesday 5th March 2008 11:58 am

Superb! What's not to like?

aforkfulofspaghetti — Wednesday 5th March 2008 9:40 pm

It's true...you do get more comments with baking. I often shy away from polenta because of the texture but I am very intrigued by your cake. I'll have to give it another shot. Beautiful presentation!

Ginny — Thursday 6th March 2008 12:56 am

Oh, that's so creative! I love it!

Anne — Thursday 6th March 2008 6:00 am

Bron, that's such an original and pretty cake! Just voted. ;)

Suzana — Thursday 6th March 2008 6:51 am

Thank you Linda!

Hi Tanna, thank you, the polenta gives cakes a lovely texture

Hi Kai, thank you it's super to "meet" you also

Thank you Culinary C' blueberry polenta cake sounds amazing, I'll have to try that!

Hi Patricia, it's a fun event for sure, thank you

Hi Tori Lo, - instant polenta is cornmeal yes, however as cornmeal only comes very coarse, or very fine (as in flour) in NZ, it's important to look for a "medium coarseness" or something labelled "polenta or better instant polenta". Coarse cornmeal will be too gritty in this particular cake. I hope this is of some help, unfortunately I only know what is available and how it is labelled here in NZ, I realise it can all be very confusing!! Thank you for your question!

Thanks heaps Margot, you enjoy the rest of your week too!

Thank you Bev!

Thanks Ali, yes they're amazing flavours and we really enjoyed it, my J and our girls immediately asked for a second slice, which is always a good confirmation!!

Hi 'spaghetti, thank you!

Hi Ginny, we are the same, tending to shy away from polenta as J isn't fond of the texture either, but in cake well it's very different, hehe... thanks for your lovely comment!

Thank you Anne!

Hi Suzana, thank you so much!

Thank you all so very much, I adore receiving and reading your comments, thanks again for all your support!!

bron — Thursday 6th March 2008 8:55 am

I've never had a cake made of polenta before. I am encouraged to try making one.

Cynthia — Thursday 6th March 2008 12:59 pm

what a briliant idea, Bron!!

arfi — Thursday 6th March 2008 6:21 pm

I have to try this... I love floral waters (it's a toss-up between orange blossom water and rose water for me) and chilies. I would never have thought of serving them in the same dish.

Fearless Kitchen — Friday 7th March 2008 3:47 pm

I do believe you have just incorporated every one of my favorite foods into your luscious cake. Well, except for pizza, but I won't hold that against you.

Susan from Food Blogga — Saturday 8th March 2008 5:37 am

Hi Bron,
Love the polenta cake and coconut tarts.
Beautiful presentation

vineela — Saturday 8th March 2008 6:05 am

Mmm, that looks delicious!! You always come up with the greatest ideas.

Anna — Saturday 8th March 2008 11:32 am

Polenta cakes with syrups are the death of my hips!! Very creative!

Tartelette — Saturday 8th March 2008 2:21 pm

This looks lovely. I do love polenta as an ingredient and its great to see it used in such a delicious looking cake!

kiriel — Sunday 9th March 2008 4:46 am

This looks absolutely amazing. I've never tried polenta in a sweet dish--you've given me something to think about, especially with these flavours...


jasmine — Monday 10th March 2008 2:20 pm


I wouldn't have thought a sweet cake w/ olive oil and wine would be good but you've changed my mind.

Bruno — Tuesday 11th March 2008 7:19 am

Thank you for all your kind words everyone

bron — Saturday 15th March 2008 4:05 pm

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