quite often, i write the blog while eating what i’ve made. right now is one of those times. cake, coffee, and writing seem to go together just right.
i call this french, because it is loosely based on the lovely and traditional french perigord walnut cake, but with the addition of shredded carrots.
it mixes up in one bowl, and needs no further adornment than a good drizzle of honey at the end.
it’s nice enough for company, but simple enough to make just because you feel like some cake. slice and eat with coffee. enjoying at breakfast time would not be the weirdest idea.
french walnut cake
1 cup walnuts, ground very fine
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold coffee
1 large carrot, grated
2/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup honey
heat oven to 350f. butter a 9″ round cake pan, line with parchment, then butter the parchment.
in a medium bowl, stir together the walnuts, flour, baking soda, and salt. in a large bowl whisk the eggs with the sugar. add the coffee, carrot, and melted butter, and whisk to combine. add the dry ingredients, all at once, and mix together quickly with rubber spatula. batter will be runny. scrape into prepared pan. bake for 50 minutes, checking for doneness with a toothpick. if needed, bake 5-10 minutes more. remove from oven an cool on a rack for 20 minutes.
turn out onto a plate and spread the honey over the top. cool completely, then slice.
makes 8 servings.