I love autumn, I love the colors of the leaves on the trees that change overtime, they leave me with a feeling of nostalgia and a wonderful serenity. The smell of roasted chestnuts and “jeropiga” at my grandmother’s house with a blanket next to the fire are memories that are always with me. Like the smell of rain in the woods and the glimpse of red squirrels that look even more beautiful with the yellow and orange background of the season, as we walk.
So, to celebrate the magic of autumn, I want to share a delicious recipe that I love. The ideal recipe to always have at a birthday party or simply make at the weekend while we watch a beautiful movie whilst wrapped in a blanket in the comfort of our homes (at least while the quarantine requires it!!!) My mom makes this walnut cake every year, I’m always asking her because it is simply divine, for those who like it of course !!! ;D
Here it is:
200g of sugar (for the sweet tooth the original recipe is 300g, but I add only 200g because it already has the caramel topping)
300g of wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 goblet of port wine
200g of walnuts
Chop 200g of nuts, with the knife on a board, chop well, I personally love the feel of nut pieces. Knead the butter with the sugar until you get a cream, add the eggs, one by one, beating continuously and very well between each addition of egg. Add the flour, previously mixed with the baking powder, then the Port wine and finally the chopped walnuts. Mix everything very well, pour in the pan covered with butter and parchment paper, smooth and bake in a medium oven (180 degrees), about 45min. Check with a toothpick as it may take longer!
Once ready, remove, let it cool slightly, remove from the tin and then remove the paper if it is attached to the cake.
For those who want to reduce the amount of sugar, you don’t need touse the caramel icing on it… it’s great to drink with tea just without it too!
But continuing, for the decoration:
Put the halves of the walnuts on the cake. Then make a caramel with 250g of sugar not too dark. Remove it from the heat and quickly pour it over the cake in small threads so that when the caramel hardens, the top is not overly hard.
Suggestion, if you are invited to lunch or go to a birthday party,this cake is a guaranteed success !!! 😉 And of course, you can’t miss our Autumn birthday card or the squirrel birthday card, perfect to take a message of congratulations to someone special !!!
Another suggestion: always write a postcard to your children on their birthdays, it is certainly something they will want to come back to, time and time again when they feel lonely, or miss us, or simply if they need some words of comfort and encouragement! I’ll leave it around here! I leave my feelings for those I love most well marked, so that they know and never doubt how much they are loved and desired!!!