Monday, 12 April 2010

52 Weeks of Baking - Week Two

Polenta Strawberry Cupcakes

I thought I'll try and use an ingredient that I have always be curious about - Polenta. Never had it before but have seen many delicious recipes with of polenta. 

So after a quick search on the web, decided to try this one 
I followed the recipe then decided to modify the next batch.



Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Add the polenta and continue to whisk until combined. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time.

Sift in flour and baking powder, then fold in quickly with a large spoon or spatula until you have a thick batter (the mixture may look lumpy because of the polenta). Stir in the milk to loosen, then gently fold in the chopped strawberries


Divide the mixture between the paper cases, then bake for 20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to touch. Cool for a few mins, then place the cakes on a wire rack to cool completely. The cakes can now be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

The cupcakes were scrummy but didnt go down well with my testers [my son  10yrs and twins 5yrs], I'm guessing due to the texture. 

I wonder if you can get polenta in a fine texture or just grind it, hmmm? 
The recipe turned out quite a few cupcakes so I took the rest to a friend that lives nearby.

I don't think I will be baking the Polenta Strawberry Cupcakes again but might try my version of the recipe in the distance future. 

The modifications were 1/2 cup of custard mix, a pinch of nutmeg and no strawberries [ lemon rinds or icing sugar weren't used in either recipes]

Take care and God bless 

1 comment:

  1. Mmmmm your blog makes me hungry!! ;) I'm originally Turkish and we have wonderful bakery recipes. I'm not into cooking or baking much but when I crave something Turkish I'll get into the kitchen! ;)