Sunday, May 01, 2005

Walnut Cake

Walnut Cake, soaked with an orange syrup

McAuliflower recently commented about my Biscuits de Chocolat being a vehicle to include some ground nuts so I was inspired by this recipe for my final dessert during Days of Unleavened Bread.

Pound 1 pound of shelled walnuts in a mortar with a small part of 1 cup of sugar, but not into a paste. Separate 6 eggs and beat the yolks and another part of that 1 cup of sugar until they are light and lemon colored. Stir 3 Tablespoons of orange juice, some grated orange zest and 3 Tablespoons of flour (potato flour if keeping Kosher) into the yolks. Fold in the ground walnuts and 6 egg whites stiffly beaten with the remainder of that 1 cup of sugar. Pour into a greased cake pan and bake in a moderate oven (350ºF) until a broom straw inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan and pour a syrup boiled and cooled of 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup water over cake. Set in a cool place for 4 hours or overnight. Serve with fresh fruit.

You can find other recipes for Unleavend Bread and Desserts here.

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