Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mirka Mora's Walnut Cake


Ever since I acquired Ramona Koval's Jewish Cooking Jewish Cooks, I have wanted to make Mirka Mora's Walnut Cake.  The recipe comes with a charming story about Ramona's meeting with Mirka in the kitchen of her home.  Mirka is a well known Melbourne artist, originally from France, and you can find out more about her fascinating life here and here.

Why wouldn't I want to make this cake - it is packed with caramel-coated walnuts!  Sounds like a winner to me.  Also, the outside of the cake is easy to make - everything is whizzed together in a food processor.  You can find the recipe online here.  Curiously, in the book, the pastry uses 90g of butter, and the filling uses 90g each of brown sugar and butter, so you may wish to substitute those measures for the online version.

The outside of this cake is a soft, tender pastry, and the filling is whole, unchopped walnuts embraced by smooth caramel laced with rum.  After I egg washed my cake, I sprinkled it with castor sugar for extra crunch before putting it in the oven. In the book, instead of putting castor sugar on top, they sprinkled the top of the cooled cake with icing sugar.

This is a simple but delightful cake for which I received plenty of compliments.  Definitely give it a try if this is your kind of cake! 

11 comments:

Lauren said...

Ooooh definitely need to try this! You had me at "caramel-coated walnuts"! There's rum, too? Yup, definitely have to try this.

Gloria said...

I think your cake sounds delicious, my type of course, have a nice weekend! gloria

yummychunklet said...

I love walnuts. I'll have to try this cake. I do like the freeform shape!

jillbert said...

Caramel-coated walnuts! Sounds wonderful!

Johanna GGG said...

love walnuts and mirka mora seems an interesting person - sounds like a great cake to me - imagine eating it while visiting her!

The Caked Crusader said...

walnut works so well in a cake - that photo highlights how delicious that cake looks - it's almost juicy!

Amanda said...

Anything with caramel coated walnuts will win my heart over. I haven't seen this book - will hunt it out!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oooh you sold me with the caramel coasted walnuts! :P

Hotly Spiced said...

I'm fasting for a procedure I'm having tomorrow and that cake looks and sounds scrumptious. Now I've got hunger pains!

Elaine said...

Carmelized walnuts?! Yes, I can see why you wanted to make this. It looks so delicious.

The Blonde Duck said...

YUM!