Mozambican Bolo Polana Recipe by GOLD Restaurant

GOLD Restaurant serves traditional African dishes every evening that are inspired by countries across the entire continent. Each dish of the 14 course tasting menu showcases a different country, Mozambique being one of them.

The Portuguese introduced the “caju” or cashew to Mozambique, which they brought in from Brazil. At one point Mozambique was the world’s largest producer of cashews. In fact, you can still see nut trees growing all over the country. “Polana” is a suburb of Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, which also lends its name to this rich, smooth and nutty dessert cake.

Making this dish is very easy with only 30 minutes of preparation time, while you wait for the cake to cook in the oven. If you really want to try this dessert but don’t have the patience to make it at home, why not just book a table at Gold Restaurant this week. You will not be disappointed as the restaurant offers a fantastic dinner experience full of drumming, dancing and singing. Book your seats now!

Mozambican Bolo Polana Recipe

GOLD Bolo-Polana

Serves: 12
Difficulty: Easy
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 60 minutes


T = tablespoon
t = teaspoon

375 g butter
1 cup white sugar
2 t grated lemon rind
2 t grated orange rind
9 egg yolks
5 egg whites
2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
2 cups raw unsalted cashew nuts


Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a spring form cake tin with butter.
In a deep bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the mashed potatoes, ground cashew nuts, lemon and orange peel.
Add the egg yolks one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks and gently fold them into the mixture.
Pour the batter in the buttered cake tin and smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake in the centre of the oven for an hour or until the top is golden brown.
Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before unmolding.
Remove the sides and using a metal spatula slide the cake off the base and onto a wire rack.


Serve while slightly warm / allow to cool and serve at room temperature.
Delicious with fresh cream.

Directions to GOLD Restaurant
15 Bennett Street
Cape Town
021 421 4653

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