Walnut Cake (Torta di Noci) – Stefan’s Connoisseur Weblog

This walnut cake is fast and straightforward to make, as you may simply combine all of the substances within the meals processor. The one further step that’s vital for the flavour is to toast the walnuts first. Truffles like this are sometimes served for breakfast in Italy, however you may as well take pleasure in a slice with tea or espresso or as a dessert. The cake is mildly candy and has a pleasant texture. You possibly can tune the aroma of the cake to your liking with a touch of orange zest, lemon zest, or vanilla.

For a gluten free model you may change the flour with cornstarch. This may make the cake rather more crumbly.


For 8 to 12 slices (24 cm / 9.5″ springform pan)

  • 200 grams (1 cup) walnuts
  • 200 grams (1 1/3 cup) cake flour, plus extra for dusting the pan
  • 200 grams (1 cup) sugar
  • 200 grams (14 Tbsp) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 grams (1 Tbsp) baking powder
  • grated zest of an orange, or grated zest of a lemon, or seeds from a vanilla pod, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • confectioners’ sugar (optionally available)


Toast 200 grams of walnuts for 8 minutes in a preheated oven at 180C/350F, and permit them cool.

Soften 200 grams of butter over low warmth, stirring. Flip the warmth off as quickly because the butter has melted and permit to chill considerably.

Place the walnuts within the meals processor along with 200 grams of sugar and a pinch of salt.

Add the orange zest or lemon zest as nicely, if utilizing.

Course of till the walnuts are finely floor. Grinding the walnuts along with the sugar prevents the walnuts from turning into butter.

Whereas the motor continues to be working, add 4 eggs, one after the other.

Add the butter whereas the motor continues to be working.

Add the vanilla extract, if utilizing.

Flip off the meals processor, and add 200 grams of sifted cake flour, in addition to 15 grams of baking powder.

Pulse till the flour has been included, scraping down the edges of the bowl as wanted. Don’t combine greater than essential.

Grease a 24 cm springform pan with butter and dirt it with flour.

Pour the batter into the pan and degree the highest with a spatula.

Bake the cake at 160C/325F, not fan compelled, till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear and the highest is barely browned, about 45 minutes.

Enable the cake to chill off earlier than slicing.

You possibly can sprinkle the highest with confectioners’ sugar (utilizing a sieve) to make the cook dinner look prettier.

Wine pairing

In case you are having this for dessert, it’s good with a passito from Friuli, both a Verduzzo or a Picolit. One of the best Verduzzo is from Ramandolo DOCG. These passito wines from Friuli are aged in picket barrels, which supplies them a nutty aroma, and they don’t seem to be too candy.

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