Walnut Cake With Apricot Preserves

Serving Size: 8
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Sarah Copeland makes this cake using nuts from the trees on her mother-in-law's property. This lovely, light cake has just four ingredients and is filled with apricot preserves. 

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter and all-purpose flour, for greasing and dusting the pan
  • 3.5 cup walnuts (about 10 ounces)
  • 0.67 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 0.5 cup apricot preserves
  • confectioners' sugar for dusting
  • whipped cream, for serving
  • sliced peaches, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts with a pinch of the sugar until very finely ground. Add the baking powder and pulse to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites at high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar at medium-high speed until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. At low speed, beat in the walnuts, just to combine.
  4. Stir one-third of the egg whites into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining beaten whites in 2 batches, until no streaks remain.
  5. Scrape the batter into the pan and bake for 40 minutes, until golden and springy. Transfer to a rack and let cool in the pan. Run the tip of a knife around the cake and unmold it.
  6. Using a serrated knife, split the cake horizontally. Set the bottom layer on a cake plate and spread with the apricot preserves. Replace the top layer and dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream and sliced peaches.

Recipe Credit: Sarah Copeland
Image Credit: Anders Schonnemann

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