Friday, July 1, 2016

Hazelnut and cherry cake

100g organic almonds
200g organic hazelnuts
8 tbsp agave nectar
4 eggs separated
150g unsalted butter
about 100g light spelt flour
1 packet Weinstein baking powder (5 level tsp)
20 large dark cherries, pitted

Grate the almonds and hazelnuts coarsely.
Preheat the oven to 190°.
Beat the soft butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it is smooth. Beat in alternately the egg yolks and 5 tbsp agave nectar. Beat well into a soft mixture.
Add the flour mixed with the baking powder a tablespoon at a time while beating. Beat well.

Whip the egg whites until stiff, then add the remaining agave nectar and continue beating until very stiff.
Mix some of the egg white under the mixture to keep it soft and moist.
Fold in some of the nut meal into the mixture gradually.
Fold in the remaining egg whites. Fold in the remaining nut meal.

Butter a baking form and dust it with a little flour.
Add the mixture to the form and spread it evenly.
Decorate with the cherries and press them lightly into the mixture.
Bake on the 2nd shelf from the bottom for 25 minutes. Cover it with paper. Turn the oven down and bake for a further 10 minutes at 120°c. It should be golden. Test with a thin knife that it is cooked. The knife should come out clean. If it is not clean, return covered to the oven for another 10 minutes and test again. Turn off the oven.

Cool in form in the open oven.
Remove from form when cool.
Store in a linen cloth.

This cake can also be made with other fruit such as black currents or plums.
Coarsely grated nuts give it a good texture but finely grated is also good.

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