I simply love this delightful Almond Hazelnut Gateau. Especially because I love anything with hazelnuts, like chocolate or a rich tall iced latte. (Can you tell coffee is one of my weaknesses?)
This is a rich and creamy cake that you can serve at your next social gathering or as a special dessert for your family.
Before serving this delicious hazelnut cake, fancy up the plate by drizzling some chocolate syrup and a few slivers of almond around the edge.
It will really impress your guests.
Or just dress it up with curls of shaved chocolate, the darker the better.
If you really want to go all out, slip almonds just under the edge of the cake all the way around as a decorative edge.
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
5½ tbsp plain flour
Butter for greasing
1/2 cup flaked almonds
Icing sugar, for dusting
1/2 cup plain chocolate
1 tbsp butter
3/4 cup double cream
Whisk the eggs and caster sugar together for 10 minutes or until light and foamy and the whisk leaves a trail that lasts a few seconds when lifted.
Fold in the ground almonds and hazelnuts, sift the flour and fold in with a metal spoon or spatula.
Pour into 2 lightly greased 8 inch round cake pans.
Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top of one of the cakes, then bake both cakes in a preheated oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes, or until springy to the touch.
Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
To make the filling, melt the chocolate, remove from the heat, and stir in the butter and let cool.
Whip the cream until holding its shape, then fold in the chocolate until mixed.
Place the cake without the almond slivers on a serving plate and spread the filling over it.
Leave it to set slightly, then place the almond-tipped cake on top of the filling and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Dust with icing sugar and cocoa and serve.
This cake will serve a good size portion to 8 people.
Hope you enjoy this almond Gateau!