Autumn is already here which means the days are getting shorter, less sunlight, more rainy days…… While I love this season because of the spectacular views outside with the trees turning into magnificent colors and all those amazing creations that only nature can do…. I can’t help to feel depressed at times due to the lack of sunshine and vitamin D deficiencies. However, there is one thing that cheers me up during those rainy days. This walnut cake is one of my guilty pleasures and perfect way to put a smile on my face when the weather is far from perfect. Hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think. Feel free to share your ways to deal with those long evenings and lack of sun during the Fall season.
Ingredients for the cake:
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. of honey
- 2 tsp. of baking soda melted in 2 tsp. of warm milk
Preheat the oven to 350F
Put all the ingredients into your food processor and process until it comes together.
Transfer on the floured counter and form a ball.
Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and roll it out on the parchment paper.
Bake each piece separately for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
*Note: One piece will bake with the walnut topping on top. Recipe below.
To make walnut topping:
- ½ cup of chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp. of honey
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 stick of butter
Melt the butter, add the sugar and whisk until smooth.
Add the honey and chopped walnuts and stir all together. Cook it for a minute and then turn the heat off and let it cool a little bit .
Prepared walnut mixture put on the top of the (unbaked) third layer of the cake and bake together.
You can buy ready made caramel filling in the can. Available usually in the Spanish section of my local supermarket.
Or if you can’t find it
Boil 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk for 2.5-3h. The milk has to be sweetened so when it cooks it thickens. You have to boil the CANS !!! (Don’t open them and pour the milk out and then boil).
Make sure that the cans are completely covered with water. Also keep checking on them because the water evaporates. If there is not enough water the cans will explode and make quite a mess in the kitchen. (yes it happened….one of my friends was making the cake and she forgot to check on the water. She started hearing explosions and the whole kitchen was covered in caramel. She had to clean everything and paint the walls. Now she knows to pay attention to her cans of milk 🙂 )
Next, Spread the first can of the boiled sweetened condensed milk on the top of the first layer of the cake, cover with the second layer and spread the second can.
Put the last layer, that was baked with walnuts on top. Let it set in the fridge for 3-4 hours so the caramel can set. (The hardest part of making that cake for me is waiting 😉 )
If you like the recipe please leave a comment. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com