It’s ages since I made polenta

It’s ages since I made polenta and yet it’s the most delicious thing. I’ve only ever read about it and made it, I’ve never eaten it at anyone’s house or for lunch in a café somewhere, so I have no idea whether what I make is authentic, and how most people would eat it… here’s my recipe anyway:

  • butter, for greasing
  • 7 oz of polenta, plus extra for dusting
  • 6 oz  plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 50g  soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ of buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 oz of melted butter
  1. preheat the oven to 350°F, 180°C, gas mark 4. and grease a large loaf tin, dusting with  polenta
  2. mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. in another bowl, whisk  the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter together and then add to dry ingredients
  4. beat well then pour into the prepared tin; sprinkle with a little more polenta, then bake  for about 20 minutes, when a skewer should come out clean when poked into the ‘loaf’ i f not, bake for a little longer
  5. take it out of the oven and cool on a wire rack to cool
  6. serve with lots and lots of butter

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