I’ve been wanting do to a coffee & walnut something for a while now, but something that wasn’t just a cake. I had my eye on Nigella’s coffee & walnut cookies from How to be a Domestic Goddess (p62). However I also have a Swedish Walnut Crisp recipe I’ve been wanting to try, from All the Good Cookies (p157). So… adapting the Swedish crisp recipe with Nigella’s help I’m doing coffee & walnut Swedish crisp.
For the base:
- 225g butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 large egg yolks (US XL)
- 310g flour
- 3 tbsp instant espresso powder
Cream the butter and sugar, beat in the yolks one at a time. Mix the flour, salt & espresso powder in a bowl, then mix in.
This is then supposed to go in a 14 inch pizza pan. I decided to just roll out between parchment sheets, then put on a baking tray, and slightly crimping the edges.
I then popped this in the fridge while I made the topping.
For the topping:
- 100g light brown sugar
- 2 large egg whites (US XL)
- 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
Beat the eggs white to soft peaks. It says 3-4 minutes… After about 2 minutes I thought I was nearly there, then 30s later it seemed to have gone into just fluff :( It also said to just gentle stir in the sugar… but I decided to beat that in, a la meringue, and after that I was back to soft peaks: hurrah! Then I folded in the chopped walnuts (well bashed up in a bag with a rolling pin :) ).
This then got spread on the base, as near to the edges as I dared.
After 30 minutes (or thereabouts due to forgetting to set the timer after I rotated it!) it looked as the book said it should: edges browned, topping dry. So I took it out of then oven and turned it off, cut into pieces as the book says to do with a pizza cutter.
Cutting through the walnut bits with a pizza cutter wasn’t easy! Maybe a sharp knife would have been better. Also it didn’t seem that crisp, especially in the middle, so I popped it back into the cooling oven for another 15 minutes.
So… the proof is in the pudding, as they say. I had to cut it again with a knife to the get pieces out, but they came out whole!