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Lemon Polenta Cake with Winter Fruit Compote

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time40 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

This healthy olive oil lemon polenta cake uses grated lemon rind to give it that citrus flavor. It's paired with a nice blend of winter fruits, such as apples, cranberries, and pears that are, juiced and then mixed into a sweet compote.

Lemon Polenta Cake with Winter Fruit Compote

For the Cake:
 Cooking spray
 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
 1 cup sugar
 ½ cup Colavita Polenta
 ½ tsp baking soda
 ¼ tsp salt
  cup reduced-fat buttermilk
 ¼ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 2 large eggs
 2 tsp grated lemon rind
 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
 ½ cup golden raisins
 ½ cup fresh cranberries
 1 ¾ cups finely chopped, peeled pear (about 2)
 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To prepare cake:

Coat an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Coat paper with cooking spray. Set aside.


Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and rind, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until moist. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare compote:

Combine apple juice and raisins in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and cook until reduced to ⅔ cup (about 4 minutes). Add fresh cranberries to pan; cook 3 minutes or until cranberries pop. Add pear to pan; cook 2 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g10%

Saturated Fat 11g56%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 127mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 447g149%

Dietary Fiber 17g68%
Protein 38g76%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.