A couple of years ago I lived in a place with a walnut tree. Small but every year the tree gave me a lot of walnuts. So the last year I lived there I made walnut paste. It’s a good way of conservation for nuts. You can’t always eat everything your garden produces in a season and then it is good to can fruits, veggies or nuts. I have this walnut paste now two years, it has seen three different houses. It’s time to use it.
I opened a jar and thought what can I do with it. A cake. Walnut pound sounds interesting. I had a look thru my own recipes, nothing looked appealing. New recipes on the Internet? Neither. I decided to start and then see what comes out.
I peeled apples I had to use as well thinking of how good are apples and nuts together. I always liked the combination of fruit and nuts. In the apple bowl I added the nut paste, vanilla, Rum, thinking an apple walnut crumble is an idea. Then I saw the many eggs, I divided the eggs, added the egg yolks to the apple nut mixture and so slowly I came up with more. In the end I put the mixture in the oven for 40 minutes. 40 minutes of waiting what will that be, will it be a cake? Surprise!
It came out such a tasty and moisture cake. It again showed me how good it is sometimes just to start something without thinking long about. Just do it! See where it goes. Most of the time the out-coming is just hilarious. Trust the world, the universe, the destiny, God, and most of all: trust YOURSELF! You can do it, you are capable. Just don’t think about it too much. Get in action! Not only with a cake!
I think the cake was a great life lesson to me and a good start into the new year. This will be my goal this year: just do it, not thinking long. Go with the flow.
Divide the eggs and beat the egg whites to stiff. Set aside.
Now peel the apples, take out the inner part and cut in medium-small cubes. Put the ghee to melt.
Add to the apples cubes the walnut paste and mix. Add the vanilla, Rum and lemon zest, mix well.
Add the butter, the egg yolks and sugar, mix well.
Weight the flour, add the backing powder and mix. Add the flour mix to the apple mix and stir until all is well combined. Should be a little dry and heavy.
Now add the stiff egg whites and fold them in. In the beginning it is a little difficult and you may think that will never work. But it will incorporate well, don't worry.
Now put the whole mixture into a round cake form, previously greased with some ghee and maybe some flour. Put into the oven and let it bake for around 40 minutes, It should not change color on the top.
The cake is ready when the stick-proof is relative clean. It should be still wet inside, the apples don't have to dry out.
Take out of the oven, let the cake cool on a cooling rack.
When the cake is still a little warm, take it out of the baking form and put the melted chocolate on the top, let it run down on the sides. If you have some decoration put it on the top when the chocolate is still runny.
The the chocolate harden and serve.
The cake is great without anything, but also with homemade ice-cream or some whipped cream (from coconut cream).
I stored the cake on room temperature for 4 days (after that it was finished). In case you prefer a fridge storage, cover the cake, otherwise it will dry out.
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