Polenta ed Osei

Polenta with Birds

Preparation info

  • Makes


    ample servings
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Great Italian Desserts

By Nick Malgieri

Published 1990

  • About



  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cup apricot preserves


This fanciful cake, a specialty of Bergamo, is meant to imitate a mound of polenta served with grilled game birds. The cake is molded in a half-sphere shape and covered with yellow marzipan; then some marzipan is colored and flavored with cocoa powder and molded in the shape of several tiny (cooked) birds. A spoonful of apricot glaze completes the effect, fixing the birds to the mound of “polen