Lemon Polenta Cake with Winter Fruit Compote Recipe

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Lemon Polenta Cake with Winter Fruit Compote
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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.
  3. 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° 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.
  4. 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 2/3 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.
  5. Wine note: With a modestly sweet dessert like this, try a classic Madeira like Blandy's 5-Year-Old Verdelho ($21), which echoes the dried fruit with raisin and apricot flavors while adding its own touch of caramel sweetness. Serve it slightly chilled to contrast the warm cake. And don't worry about finishing the bottle; Madeira lasts almost indefinitely, even after it's been opened. -Jeffery Lindenmuth
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 176.47 Kcal (739 kJ)
Calories from fat 13.63 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.51g 2%
Cholesterol 33.91mg 11%
Sodium 132.49mg 6%
Potassium 166.39mg 4%
Total Carbs 36.52g 12%
Sugars 19.11g 76%
Dietary Fiber 1.87g 7%
Protein 3.64g 7%
Vitamin C 10.3mg 17%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 34.6mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 153.94 Kcal (645 kJ)
Calories from fat 11.89 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.32g 2%
Cholesterol 29.58mg 11%
Sodium 115.57mg 6%
Potassium 145.15mg 4%
Total Carbs 31.85g 12%
Sugars 16.67g 76%
Dietary Fiber 1.63g 7%
Protein 3.17g 7%
Vitamin C 9mg 17%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Calcium 30.1mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3.3
  • 5

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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