Apple hazelnut cake

Apple hazelnut cake

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From
Cooking from the Heart
Serves
8-10
Photographer
Mark Roper

Apple hazelnut cake makes a beautiful, delicious, not-too-sweet dessert or afternoon-tea cake. It is especially useful for gluten-free diets and events such as the Jewish Passover festival, which require gluten-free dishes.

Pastry

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 cups white rice flour
1 cup brown rice flour
3 tablespoons raw caster sugar
180g butter, chilled and diced
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons water, chilled

Apple filling

Quantity Ingredient
3 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons raw caster sugar
1 lemon, zested
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Hazelnut meringue

Quantity Ingredient
8 eggs, separated
1 cup raw caster sugar
1 cup ground hazelnuts

Method

  1. To make the pastry, process the flours, sugar and butter in a food processor until the mixture becomes crumbly. Add the egg yolk and water and process just until the mixture forms a light, shiny shortcrust pastry. Roll out the pastry, then ease it into a greased 24 cm springform cake tin. Trim the edges and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, stew all the apple filling ingredients in a saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the apples have softened without losing their shape, and a syrup has formed. Allow the apples to cool.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Bake the pastry for 8 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C.
  4. To make the meringue, lightly beat the egg yolks in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until it becomes frothy. While still beating, slowly add the sugar until the mixture becomes shiny and glossy. Turn the mixer down to its lowest speed, slowly add the beaten egg yolks and ground hazelnuts and fold in until well mixed.
  5. Spoon the apple mixture into the pastry shell, top with the meringue, then bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
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