Fall Apple Polenta Flan Recipe

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.
Fall Apple Polenta Flan picture


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time35 Min
Ready In45 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings4
VegetarianMain Ingredient
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Recipe Story

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!


 Full fat milk1 Liter (4 Cups)
 Caster sugar13 Tablespoon (3/4 Cup, Plus 3 Teaspoons For Dusting)
 Butter45 Gram (1 Stick)
 Grated lemon zest1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Grated orange zest1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Salt1 Pinch
 Polenta1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Sultanas/Raisins3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), soaked till plump, then drained
 Chopped walnuts1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Full fat cream1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Apples2 Medium, peeled, cored and thinly sliced then tossed in lemon juice
 Lemon juice1 Fluid Ounce (For Tossing Sliced Apples)
 Maple syrup/Honey2 Tablespoon
 Ground cinnamon1⁄2 Teaspoon (Use More If You Like)

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 mg

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


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.


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colorfulcandies says :

great read
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 10:38am
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Gossip _Goddess says :

Can I please have it now?
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 8:25am

anonymous says :

Shall try this one out...
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 3:23am
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thot4food says :

I'm not too fond of flans but this one looks worth a try
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 2:11am

Anonymous says :

I want to try this dessert recipe...fruits are always good whether it is eaten raw or cooked, they are delicious and nutritious..
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 1:08am

Anonymous says :

A worth trying dish.
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 12:43am
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barbecue says :

lovely one...
Posted on: 11 October 2011 - 12:29am

Anonymous says :

this soft cake looks so nice!
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:36pm
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delicious bites says :

Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:23pm
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epicure says :

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!
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:12pm

Anonymous says :

I love flan... wonder why people dont make it more often
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:06pm

Anonymous says :

Cool.....polenta ....dessert worth trying.......
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 2:15pm

dessertlover says :

What is the substitute for Polenta? Is there any other ingredient I can use instead of it?
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 1:36pm

sweet lover says :

This is a perfect dessert to impress my dessert beyond measure.
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 1:27pm
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Sami's Foodisms says :

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!
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 1:16pm
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oatmeal says :

A nice recipe worth trying...
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 12:27pm

sudipa_foodlover says :

I truly believe that crispy apples can make any dish delicious.
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 12:14pm

Anonymous says :

loved this recipe
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:55am

Rashmi Ambadkar says :

This gorgeous cake with goodness of apples is a wonderful variation to our regular desserts ...
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:47am

Nita.Nair says :

I would love to try out this cake.
Posted on: 10 October 2011 - 11:42am