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Haselnusstorte (Hazelnut Torte)

Cuisine: German
Courses: Dessert
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

5   Eggs - separated
3/4 cup 148g / 5.2ozSugar
6 tablespoons 90mlWater
1 3/4 cups 109g / 3.8ozCake flour - sifted
1 teaspoon 5mlBaking powder
1 1/2 cups 355mlHazelnuts (filberts) - ground
1 teaspoon 5mlVanilla extract
2 tablespoons 30mlConfectioners' sugar
1 cup 237mlHeavy cream - whipped
  Fresh strawberries

Recipe Instructions

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until very light, about 5 minutes.

Slowly add the water. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Mix with 1 cup of nuts. Fold the flour mixture into the egg yolks. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the beaten whites into the batter. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch Springform pan.

Bake at 375F for 30 minutes or until cake is done.

Cool cake on a wire rack. When completely cooled, split the cake into 2 layers. Fold the vanilla, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup of nuts into the whipped cream. Spread whipped cream between the 2 cake layers and on top of the cake. Chill until serving time.

Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.

* Hazelnuts are available at most stores under the name of Filberts. They should be blanched. To blanch, boil the nuts for 5 minutes and when they are cool enough to handle, remove the skins. To grind, place about 1/4 cup at a time in a blender, or chop as finely as you can with a sharp knife.

from J. Armstrong


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