Sunday, November 25, 2012

Walnut and Almond Cake

NO, it's not Valentine's Yet...
Happy Birthday Dad!!!
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Today my father celebrated his 63rd birthday and he looked better than ever.  
Two months ago he had a huge heart operation and he went through a lot of trouble.  
I was very pleased to see him today look healthy and happy, surrounded by his loved ones. His close family, cousins and friends were invited for lunch and he prepared barbecue for us.
This is his favorite cake so I had to do the best I could. 
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Walnut and Almond Cake

Cake Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
½ cup peanut oil
¼ cup all purpose flour
1 cup fine semolina
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/8 tsp clove powder
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 tsp vanilla sugar

Syrup Ingredients
1½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
½ cup fresh orange juice
Orange zest, big pieces
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves

Ganache Ingredients
100gr dark chocolate
100gr milk chocolate
100gr fresh cream
10gr butter
¼ tsp almond essence

Preparation Method
1. Preheat oven at 180ºC.
2. Prepare syrup.  In a small pan add all syrup ingredients and cook, at medium heat, for about 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
3. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla for 8 minutes; gradually add oil and continue beating for another 30 seconds.
4. In a bowl, mix the rest of the cake ingredients. With the help of a wooden spoon mix the dry ingredients with the egg mixture.
5. Poor cake mixture in a rectangular silicon pan (25cm x 30cm) and cook for 40 – 45 minutes.
6. Remove cake pan from the oven and poor in it the syrup. Allow to stand for 20 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. Allow to cool completely.
7. Prepare Ganache. Bring fresh cream to a boil. Stir in chocolates and butter and incorporate well; then stir in the almond essence.
8. Poor ganache on top of the cake and refrigerate over night.



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