Monday, September 22, 2008

Pumpkin Polenta Cake

Today was a rough day and nothing seemed to go right. When I finally got home, I was in search of some major comfort food. Of course I turned to my old tried and true friend...PUMPKIN! I found this recipe on the website. I made a couple of my own substitutions. I used agave nectar instead of brown sugar, and I substituted one tsp. pumpkin pie spice and one tsp. cinnamon in place of the listed spices. I also used lowfat vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt. WOW! This definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite pumpkin recipes. I guess it tasted more like a sweet pumpkin cornbread, but it definitely can be a dessert or an addition to dinner. It is the perfect blend of sweet corn, pumpkin, and spices. I topped it off with vanilla yogurt and a touch of cinnamon. This recipe serves 16, but I only made half of the recipe.

Pumpkin Polenta Cake

2 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 cups dry polenta

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
In a blender or food processor, blend pumpkin, butter, eggs, and egg whites. Mix in the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Blend until smooth, and transfer to a medium bowl.
Mix yogurt and polenta into the pumpkin mixture. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before slicing.

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VeggieGirl said...

Sorry that today didn't go so well; but hooray for a DELICIOUS pumpkin-polenta cake!!

Wandering Coyote said...

Pumpkin + polenta = yum! Sorry you had a rough day, but am glad to see this brought you some comfort!

Reeni said...

I hope this yummy cake made you feel better. I love the healthy substitutions you made. It looks yummy, cute scarecrow! Have a better day tomorrow!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You are the PUMPKIN QUEEN!

Meg said...

I feel official. I have been granted the title of Pumpkin Queen from chocolatecoveredvegan!! YEAH!!!

ttfn300 said...

omg, i've actually had a chocolate polenta cake in my "queue" for awhile and was thinking about it last night... this sounds to die for!!

Stephanie said...

Wow, that looks good! I tend to use cakes and other sweets to cheer me up after a hard day too. I think the combination of pumpkin and polenta sounds really good, though it's not one you see every day.

Caitlin said...

i love your undying devotion to pumpkin!

Anonymous said...

man your just raking through these recipes.... i need to start making more stuff but I just dont have the time! I lvoe all your great ideas!

Krista said...

This dish looks fantastic! I am loving all your pumpkin recipes! Keep'em coming!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you sought comfort in food. It's a very soothing friend. :)

Jude said...

Loving the textures in your recipe. Polenta with Pumpkin sounds great!