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Torte Anniversary Birthday Cake

Hoppin' John's Huguenot Torte

Ingredients & Directions

3/4 c Ground pecans
3/4 c Ground English walnuts
1/2 c Ground black walnuts
2 md Apples; peeled
4 lg Eggs; room temperature
1 lg Egg yolk; room temperature
1 3/4 c Sugar
3/4 c Unbleached all-purpose flour
16 Perfect pecan halves
Granulated sugar; for pecans
2/3 c Cream

Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by lightly greasing them, lining them with
waxed paper or parchment, greasing the paper, and lightly dusting with
flour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put a pan of water in the bottom
of the oven. Mix the ground nuts together. Very finely chop the apples with
a knife. You should have 1 3/4 cups. In a warmed electric mixer bowl, beat
the eggs and egg yolk on high speed until doubled in volume. It may take 10
minutes or more. Slowly add the sugar while beating and continue beating
until the volume is tripled. The eggs should be very thick and light in
color. Don’t be afraid of over-beating. Sift the flour over the egg
mixture. Sprinkle the ground nuts over all, followed by the apples. With a
large spatula, fold the mixture together rapidly but gently, being certain
to bring all the elements from the bottom of the bowl up into the mixture.
Divide the batter between 2 cake pans and bake in the middle of the oven
for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the sides
have begun to pull away. Do not push on the meringue like top, or it may
cave in. Place on a rack in a draft-free place and let cool completely.
Lightly toast the pecan halves while the cakes are in the oven. While the
pecans are hot, quickly dip them in water and then roll them in granulated
sugar until they are lightly coated. Let them dry on a rack. The cakes must
be perfectly cool, or the heat with melt the cream. Invert the pans to
remove the cakes, discarding the paper liners, and turn the cakes back over
again so that the crusty top surface is in its original position. Place
each cake on a serving platter. Using an electric standing mixer, fitted
with a whip attachment, whip the cream with some sugar until stiff and
place 8 dollops of the cream evenly around each cake. Garnish each bit of
cream with a sugared pecan and serve with a shot glass of bourbon neat.
This recipe yields 16 servings.

16 servings

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