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Fall Apple Polenta Flan

Samis.Foodisms's picture
This apple and polenta flan is a gorgeous soft and moist cake similar to an Italian bread pudding. This perfect fall dessert should be enjoyed by the hearth, after dinner.
  Full fat milk 1 Liter (4 Cups)
  Caster sugar 13 Tablespoon (3/4 Cup, Plus 3 Teaspoons For Dusting)
  Butter 45 Gram (1 Stick)
  Grated lemon zest 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Grated orange zest 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Polenta 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sultanas/Raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), soaked till plump, then drained
  Chopped walnuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Full fat cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Apples 2 Medium, peeled, cored and thinly sliced then tossed in lemon juice
  Lemon juice 1 Fluid Ounce (For Tossing Sliced Apples)
  Maple syrup/Honey 2 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Use More If You Like)

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4
2. Grease a shallow loose-bottomed cake tin or springform pan.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, butter, sugar, zest and salt.
4. Simmer slowly, over medium high, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.
5. Bring the milk to a boil then reduce the heat to low.
6. Add the polenta all at once and stir to mix.
7. Cover the pan and cook the polenta for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the sultanas, walnuts, and cream.
9. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
10. Layer the apple slices over the batter, neatly arranging them in a circle, slightly overlapping the slices.
11. Drizzle honey or maple syrup over the apple slices and generously sprinkle the cinnamon
12. Bake the flan for 30 to 35 minutes or until the apple slices are soft and lightly golden and the flan leaves the side of the pan. Keep an eye on it, you may need to cover it with some foil if you find that it starts to brown too much at the edges.
13. Remove and let cool slightly before removing from tin.

14. Before serving, sprinkle over some caster sugar. Then make sure you eat it warm with a drizzle of maple syrup or with a dollop of crème fraîche!

You can make the flan with pears or peaches if you like.
You can add figs or apricot or pecan instead of walnuts.
This flan can also be made as a cake using 2 eggs and 1 cup flour.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Holiday, Gourmet
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Fall offers a beautiful variety of nutritious fruits like crisp apples and fragrant pears which are a good source of soluble fiber and potassium and are delicious in warm desserts that can be enjoyed in this season. After watching a popular cooking show where an Italian chef prepares a polenta cake, I decided to try something similar in my kitchen, making a few additions and modifications to the recipe. It turned out great and I’ve made this recipe several times using pears and peaches as well. I think you will really love this recipe, easy enough for a casual meal or fabulous enough to impress guests at a dinner party this fall!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 874 Calories from Fat 306

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35 g53.2%

Saturated Fat 18 g89.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 90.3 mg30.1%

Sodium 195.1 mg8.1%

Total Carbohydrates 134 g44.6%

Dietary Fiber 7.2 g28.9%

Sugars 92.8 g

Protein 14 g28.7%

Vitamin A 22.2% Vitamin C 21.5%

Calcium 35% Iron 13.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Nita.Nair's picture
I would love to try out this cake.
Rashmi Ambadkar's picture
This gorgeous cake with goodness of apples is a wonderful variation to our regular desserts ...
Anonymous's picture
loved this recipe
sudipa_foodlover's picture
I truly believe that crispy apples can make any dish delicious.
oatmeal's picture
A nice recipe worth trying...
Samis.Foodisms's picture
Tthanks everyone for liking this recipe. Indeed it is a wonderfully delicious and comforting dessert and is great when served warm during these cold months!
sweet lover's picture
This is a perfect dessert to impress my dessert beyond measure.
dessertlover's picture
What is the substitute for Polenta? Is there any other ingredient I can use instead of it?
Anonymous's picture
Cool.....polenta ....dessert worth trying.......
Anonymous's picture
I love flan... wonder why people dont make it more often
epicure's picture
bread puddings are delicious, havent had the chance to try out teh Italian one though. This recipe you have posted reads wonderful...thanks for sharing!
delicious.bites's picture
Anonymous's picture
this soft cake looks so nice!
barbecue's picture
lovely one...
Anonymous's picture
A worth trying dish.
Anonymous's picture
I want to try this dessert recipe...fruits are always good whether it is eaten raw or cooked, they are delicious and nutritious..
thot4food's picture
I'm not too fond of flans but this one looks worth a try
anonymous's picture
Shall try this one out...
Gossip.Goddess's picture
Can I please have it now?
colorfulcandies's picture
great read
Fall Apple Polenta Flan Recipe