Friday, 30 June 2017

Walnut Streusel Cake

Walnut Streusel 

An easy to combine cake, we could prepare it with pecans or walnuts. The perfect cake served with a cup of coffee or tea, this one is best eaten fresh. We generally enjoy it with some hard cheese and it can be served with a dollop of cream that is flavoured with coffee or simply left plain. 




A  walnut streusel which is double the quanity prepared in a rectangle 19 x 3 pan

Prepare a 9 inch round pan with parchment paper, butter and flour it.
Preheat oven to 375F/190C 


For the Cake Batter

1 cup sugar
2 1/2  oz butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 cup flour, sifted twice
3/4th tsp salt 
2  1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Streusel Mixture

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp soft butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla

In a bowl beat together with an electric beater, (use the high speed) the sugar and butter. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat until whipped. Lower the speed to the lowest setting. Add alternately the dry ingredients with the wet - milk.
Fold with a spatula very gently until all combined. Do not over mix.

In a pan mix the streusel mixture with a metal spoon.

Spread half the batter in the prepared cake pan, top with 1/2 the sprinkle mixture over it, repeat by spreading the remaining batter and topping with the remaining streusel mix. 
Bake for about 25 minutes until cooked. Test with a skewer to ensure its done.

Tips

Keep the butter soft.
The eggs are best at room temperature.
Seive the flour twice as this gives it a lighter texture.
After the final topping of streusel very gently pat it down so it sticks properly to the batter. Using your clean fingers lightly will work best.
Using any kind of nuts will work. However walnuts and pecans are my personal preference in this cake.



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