Chef Dario Cavaliere writes a weekly food column for the Waterford News & Star
SOMETIMES an afternoon treat is just what you need, so instead of whipping up a banana bread or some biscuits, try this mixed nut cake for a change.
The nut bread can be made with really any mixture of nuts that you like, or one single type of nut too if you prefer. It’s quite sweet so will both go a long way, but will definitely satisfy the sweet toothed amongst us! Happy baking!
150g chopped mixed nuts (hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts)
150g plain flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
325g caster sugar
Juice of 2 oranges
Zest of 1orange
Lightly grease a 9” loose-bottomed cake tin with some olive oil and line the base with baking paper.
Place the mixed nuts in a food processor and whizz until you have a powder, similar to ground almonds. Remove and mix with the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk the eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer, and then add the sugar. When the mixture is light and fluffy, then add the flour mixture, one spoonful at a time. Then add the orange juice and rind.
When completely incorporated, finally add the oil and mix well.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and cook for 1 hour in a preheated oven at 180oC. Check with a skewer to make sure that the centre is completely cooked.