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Edible Rose BudsReady for a spot of summer baking?! Yesterday was so hot, all I could think of was hiding under the apple tree in the shade with a huge glass of iced mint water and devouring a refreshing, zesty something. What came to mind were sunshine flavours of lemon and rose, (which I fell in love with in Morocco) and a dusting of jewel-like pistachios on top.Vegan Polenta cakes with rose and pistachioWith the doors and windows flung open to create a breeze the oven went on and my first bake in months happened – a vegan polenta cake. In order for full disclosure here I will tell you that this baking took place in my sister’s kitchen as we STILL don’t have one.Edible rose budsMy jar of edible rosebuds are Tea from Jing Tea and the lovely textured slate plates are actually place mats made in Scotland by Just Slate, these came from Houseology. They also make a beautiful cake stand if you going to be doing some rustic outdoors are entertaining!Vegan Polenta cakes with rose and pistachioIf you can face jumping in the kitchen, the recipe is below. If not, bookmark it for a rainy Saturday. It’s a real zingy spirit lifter. You can decorate the cake as a whole or like these pictures show, cut out individual mini cakes with a smooth scone cutter (once the cake is cooled). Don’t worry all the edges were eaten within minutes – nothing gets wasted here, you can be damn sure of that.Vegan Polenta cakes with rose and pistachioPolenta Cake

180g coconut oil/olive oil
250g caster sugar or coconut sugar
4 tbsp milled chia or flax seeds mixed with 215ml water
270g ground almonds
140g instant polenta
1.5 tsp baking powder
3 lemons – zest and juice

Toasted pistachios finely chopped
Roughly torn food grade rose petals
300g Icing sugar
1 Tbsp Lemon juiceVegan Polenta cakes with rose and pistachioTo Make
Preheat the oven to 160 °C and oil a 30cm/12″ cake tin.
Mix together the chia or flax seeds with the water in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes until they form a gel.
In a large bowl, beat together the oil and sugar for the cake, until smooth. Add the chia/flax seed mix and beat again.
Then fold in the ground almonds, polenta, baking powder, and finally all the zest and the juice of 2 of the lemons. Mix gently until just combined.
Bake on the middle shelf or 40 minutes or until a skewer or knife comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a plate.

Make the icing to your desired consistency by combining the remaining lemon juice (half a teaspoon at a time) and icing sugar in a bowl, stir until smooth and glossy. Once the cake is cool, top with icing then sprinkle over the rose petals and chopped nuts.Summer baking with roses Summer bakingI hope you will enjoy this recipe, it’s my first time replacing eggs with chia seeds?! Happy baking :)Lemon icingCollaboration post with Houseology, they sent me the slate mats, I did the rest! x

  • Lenka Buckova
    June 24, 2017

    How much coconut oil/olive oil do i need in ml? I googled it and it said about the same amount so 260ml which i used and ended up with a completely soggy oily cake.

    • JeskaHearne
      June 26, 2017

      Hi Lenka, oh no, I’m sorry! I have slightly altered the recipe above as my oil was solid so creamed together with the sugar. I upscaled as I had a larger tin. I hope that works better, I am without an oven so cannot recreate it again for a few weeks! I hope the next one is a fluffy moist delight x

  • Alternative Ageing
    June 27, 2017

    This is just beautiful and I love polenta cake and anything vegan! However, I am a useless baker, but fortunately my cousin is not, so I will be sharing this with her so she can make me some! Can’t wait to try the rose buds. Thanks for sharing. Suzi x (Makelight Member)

    • JeskaHearne
      June 27, 2017

      Ooh yay! As per the comments below let her know to be mindful about the amount of oil just incase. If it feels too wet add a little more ground almonds – My cake was moist but good, but I cannot re-test my recipe yet – as I have no oven for a month! ;) xxx