Try this recipes for a simple Walnut & Hazelnut Cake (Gateau au noix et aux noisettes) from Chef Michael Altman of Provence, who for many years taught our culinary travelers the wonders of French cuisine. Nuts are a prevalent ingredient in Provence, and this wonderful fall recipe is a perfect treat. You can serve it on its own or with ice cream (perhaps caramel ice cream), coffee mousse, whipped cream, or even with a simple chocolate sauce.
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Walnut & Hazelnut Cake (Gateau au Noix et aux Noisettes)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Cook method: Bake
- 125 gr whole shelled walnuts (about 4.5 oz)
- 125 gr shelled hazel nuts
- 125 gr butter
- 150 gr sugar (about 5.3 oz)
- 5 eggs
- 80 gr plain flour (about 2.8 oz)
- 1 tbps. Dark alcohol (rum, cognac, armagnac, etc.)
1. Put all the nuts into a food processor and grind up without turning them into a powder. This is best done by pulsing, as you also don’t want the nuts to overheat.
2. Add the softened butter, the sugar, the eggs, the flour and the alcohol. Mix well.
3. Empty the mixture into a buttered, low round cake tin.
4. Place in the oven, preheated to 150° C (about 300° F), for approximately 20-25 minutes. The cake should have a golden brown color and stay soft on finger pressure.
5. Cool for a few minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire baking rack.
Serve by itself or with any accompaniment you prefer. It pairs extremely well with berries, as well as coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors.
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