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Rezept von Jennifer McLagan: Walnut Cake

Rezept von Jennifer McLagan: Walnut Cake

Bitter. A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor,
with Recipes
Jennifer McLagan, Fotos Aya Brackett
TenSpeed Press (2014)

Ein wunderbarer Kuchen, der hier die bittere Seite der Walnuss hervorhebt und gleichzeitig mit Kardamom und Orange schwärmerisch umtänzelt. Wird geliebt von Genießern, die aromatisch nach Neuem suchen. Katharina

ORIGINALREZEPT von Jennifer McLagan: Walnut Cake
Serves 8 to 12

This rich, moist, dense, not-too-sweet cake is perfect with an espresso. If you have a Seville orange, use it, but a regular orange is fine, too. If you can locate black walnuts, try using them; they’ll add a wonderful fragrance to the cake. As the cake bakes, it will rise and then fall; that is normal. This cake improves with keeping and is really better a day or two later, if you can wait. Adding the cocoa is another way to play up the bitterness of the nuts.

160 g walnut halves
2 slices white bread
150 g unsalted butter, diced
130 g sugar
4 eggs, separated
¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
A pinch of fine sea salt
1 Seville or regular orange
A pinch of cream of tartar
Cocoa powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter a 23-cm springform cake pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

2. Spread the walnuts and bread slices on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes or until the bread is dry and the nuts are lightly toasted. Let cool slightly. Lower the oven temperature to  160°C.

3. Put the butter in the bowl of a standmixer with the paddle attachment. Set 3 tablespoons of the sugar aside and add the remaining sugar to the butter. Cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Meanwhile, place the walnuts and toasted bread in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.

4. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, to the creamed butter and sugar, beating well after each addition. Stir in the ground walnut and bread mixture, then add the cardamom and salt. Finely grate the zest from the orange and add to the mixture; set the orange aside for another use.

5. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy; add the cream of tartar, and continue to whisk until white. Add the reserved 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until the whites are glossy and resemble whipped cream. Add a large spoonful of the egg whites to the walnut batter and stir to lighten. Tip the batter onto the egg whites and fold lightly until mixed.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 50 minutes or until dark golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out dry.

Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the cake and unmold onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely, then dust with cocoa powder.

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Geschrieben im Oktober 2015