Flourless hazelnut layer cake

    Flourless hazelnut layer cake

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    About this recipe: This cake was traditionally a birthday cake in my friend's home. Her mother is from Hungary and only has this recipe in her head! Now it will be preserved . . . Note: hazelnuts may be toasted or un-toasted. The skins may be removed or left on.

    Serves: 12 

    • 340g hazelnuts
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 125g caster sugar
    • 6 egg whites
    • 475ml whipping cream
    • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, for garnish

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour a 23cm springform tin.
    2. Grind hazelnuts until very fine. Add baking powder and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, whip the egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow in colour. Beat in the ground hazelnut mixture.
    4. In a separate CLEAN bowl, with a CLEAN whisk, whip the egg whites until stiff. Quickly fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture, then add the remaining whites and fold in until no streaks remain.
    5. Pour into prepared tin. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 75 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when lightly tapped. Cool on wire rack.
    6. When cake is cool, slice horizontally into 3 layers. Whip the cream until stiff, and spread generously between layers, on top and on the sides of the cake. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top for decoration.
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