Dom at Belleau Kitchen is celebrating his second blog birthday this month, and to commemorate the occasion he has asked us all to bake him something special for his Random Recipes challenge. Dom’s announcement post made me realise that I had missed the first anniversary of my very own blog in March and so this cake is to celebrate both birthdays.
I randomly chose my recipe from the baking section of my gorgeous Ottolenghi cookbook. I half expected the book to fall open at the macaron page as I turn to this recipe frequently, but that may not be possible because those particular pages are a little sticky from macarons past. I’m afraid that I am not very good at keeping well loved cookbooks clean.
Instead I was presented with a picture of a beautiful orange and polenta cake, glistening with its marmalade glaze. This was the first time I had baked a polenta cake, and possibly only the second time I had tasted one. The flavours deepened after a couple of days, and though I wasn’t entirely sure at first, I have now really grown to love this cake.
So happy birthday to Belleau Kitchen. Sorry you can’t taste the cake Dom, but I hope you enjoy looking at it.