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  • Recipe Room  »  Carrot and almond cake

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    Ingredients

    • 185 g (6 1/2 oz / 1 3/4 cups) ground almonds
    • 100 g (3 1/2 oz / 1 cup) walnuts, lightly roasted
    • 230 g (8 oz / 1 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
    • 125 g (4 1/2 oz) savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits, roughly chopped
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 5 eggs, separated
    • 1 large carrot, finely grated
    • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
    • finely grated zest of 1 orange
    • icing (confectioners’) sugar, for dusting
    • thick (double/heavy) cream

    Carrot and almond cake

    Method

    Lightly grease a 23 cm (9 inch) round cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

    Place the almonds, walnuts and sugar in a food processor and process to form coarse crumbs. Transfer the crumb mixture to a large mixing bowl. Process the savoiardi biscuits and baking powder together until the biscuits are finely crushed, then combine them with the crumb mixture.

    Add the lightly beaten egg yolks, carrot, Grand Marnier and orange zest to the crumb mixture, and mix until all the ingredients are moistened and well combined.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture in three batches. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about 40 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool.

    Dust with icing sugar, cut into wedges and serve with cream. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Submitted by
    Neil Perry

    Tips and Tricks

    • Because of their high oil content, nuts may easily go rancid if not properly stored. Walnuts will last 6 months in the pantry in a tightly closed container, but are better stored in the fridge where they will last at least a year.

    • Cream often goes to waste if it is forgotten about in the fridge – instead it can be frozen in small freezer safe containers and defrosted when needed.

    • Store your eggs in their original cartons. Cartons prevent moisture loss in your eggs while protecting them from other flavours that may be absorbed from your fridge.

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