Cornmeal and ground almonds give this cake is structure and great texture without the use of wheat flour. Soaking the cornmeal in hot milk plumps it up, so there isn’t a coarseness you might find in a traditional cornmeal-based cake.
Preheat the oven to 350 ?F (180 ?C) and grease a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan.
Heat the milk and butter until the butter has melted and pour this over the cornmeal in a large mixing bowl, whisking while adding (it will thicken up quickly.) Whisk in the sugar and add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Stir in the zest.
In a separate bowl, stir the ground almond with the baking powder, salt & cinnamon and add this to the batter, stirring until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
To make the syrup, bring the blood orange juice and sugar to a full boil. While the cake is still hot from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and then spoon the syrup over the cake (it will soak in quickly). Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before serving.
The cake will keep, well-wrapped, at room temperature for 3 days.
Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)
Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
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