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Recipe: Hazelnut cake

Long before carrot cakes were in vogue, my mother invented this wonderful hazelnut cake.

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    Long before carrot cakes were in vogue, my mother invented this wonderful hazelnut cake. She realised that adding finely grated carrot to the finely chopped nuts produced a beautifully moist cake.

    If you don't grease the tin, the cake clings better, and rises beautifully.

    Don't panic - when cool it comes away easily from the sides of the tin.

    Do remember to place a piece of greaseproof paper or bakewell at the bottom of the tin to stop sticking there.

    For a rich dessert, I top the cake with a dark chocolate ganache. My Mum used a thin rum icing drizzled over the top which is also delicious, not so rich - and parve.

    Ingredients

    ● 5 eggs, separated
    ● 90g caster sugar
    ● pinch salt
    ● 250g ground hazel nuts - finely ground but not to a paste
    ● 1 large finely grated carrot (250g)
    ● a squeeze of lemon juice

    Chocolate Ganache (optional)
    ● 250g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
    ● 250ml double cream

    Icing (optional):
    ● 250g icing sugar
    ● few drops boiling water
    ● 1 tspn rum

    Method

    ● Grease and paper the base of a 23cm springform tin and heat the oven to 180C.
    ● Beat the yolks, sugar and salt until snow white and moussey and fold in the ground hazelnuts and then the grated carrot.
    ● Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the squeeze of lemon juice and beat until stiff. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
    ● Pour into the tin, heaping the mixture in the centre.
    ● Bake in oven for up to 1 hour - check after 45 minutes.
    ● Remove from oven and cool completely before icing.
    ● Make the rum icing by mixing the icing sugar with the rum and a few drops of boiling water. It should have a thin spreading consistency. Spread thinly over the cake, allowing the icing to drip over the edges. It will harden as it dries.
    ● For the ganache, bring the cream to scorching point (just before it boils) and pour over the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Whisk to combine until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Spread over the cake once it has thickened a little – which it will as it cools.

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