Caramelglazed Walnut Cakegateau Grenoblois
(1 inch thick slices of
-French bread, crust
-trimmed, bread cut into
Walnuts, lightly toasted
Large egg yolks
Instant espresso coffee
-powder dissolved in
-1 t water
Grated lemon peel
Large egg whites
Walnut halves, toasted
FOR CAKE: Preheat oven to 350F. Butter 9-inch diameter springform
pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Butter parchment. Dust pan
with flour. Finely grind bread in processor. Spread on baking sheet.
Bake until golden, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Finely
grind breadcrumbs in processor. Measure 3/4 cup crumbs (reserve
remainder for another use). Finely grind nuts in processor.
Using electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup sugar and yolks in large bowl until
thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in rum, coffee powder mixture and peel.
Mix in 3/4 cup crumbs and ground nuts. Beat whites and salt in
another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining
1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff. Fold 1/3 of whites into batter.
Fold in remaining whites in 2 additons.
Spoon batter into pan. Bake cake until tester inserted into center
comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 10 minutes.
Turn out cake. Peel off parchment. Turn cake over; cool on rack 15
Line baking sheet with foil. Lightly oil foil. Place cake on
FOR CARAMEL: Combine sugar and water in heavy medium saucepan. Stir
over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to
medium-high and boil without stirring until mixture turns amber,
brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan
occasionally, about 6 minutes.
Pour caramel over top of cake. Oil tip of knife. Immediately cut
through caramel layer only, marking 8 serving pieces. Garnish with
walnut halves. Cool completely.
From the Franche-Comte & The Alps region of France. Bon Appetit/May 94
Typed by Didi Pahl