Pastel de nuez – Sephardic Walnut Cake

May I Have That Recipe


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Serving size 12
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My brain is like this huge board filled with sticky notes of memories of my life. It is scary, freaky, really how I remember EVERYTHING. Gets me in so much trouble.

There is a positive side to it though. All my childhood memories are stored up there in my head.  All I have to do is close my eyes, and there they are.

And when it comes to Passover, the first memory that pops up for me is my mom’s walnut cake. I remember sitting with her in the kitchen, watching her make it. Moist, light, fluffy. Perfect every time. The sad thing is, she stopped making it after we all moved out and the recipe is now gone, because she never wrote it down.

So here I am, experimenting again, using the bits and pieces I can remember. After trying just a couple times, this was the result. Not exactly my mom’s cake, but pretty darn close. I can thank my memory for that, but this time, I’m not taking any chances. I am writing it down. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do.

Ingredients

1 cup matzo cake meal1 cup ground walnut2 Tbsp Passover baking powder1 Tbsp cinnamon5 eggs, separated1 cup sugar1 tsp vanilla extract⅔ cup vegetable oil1 cup kosher sweet wine

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven at 350F. Generously coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cake meal, ground walnuts, baking powder and cinnamon. Set a side.
  3. Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  4. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla at medium speed, until creamy pale yellow, 3-5 minutes.
  5. Slowly pour oil. Beat for another minute until well incorporated.
  6. Reduce speed and add wine. Beat until well combined.
  7. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed for another minute.
  8. Using a spatula, carefully fold egg whites into cake batter. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes.
  9. Let the cake cool for about 30 minutes.
  10. Run a butter knife around the sides. Place a serving plate on top of the pan, flip it over shaking it slightly. Remove the pan. When the cake has completely cooled, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
  11. ENJOY! From May I have that recipe!

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Tags: Dessert, Nut, Jewish, Passover

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