I never thought of myself as a matchmaker, but here I am celebrating the union of 2 recipes : Lorraine Pascal’s coffee and walnut cake with Nopi’s coffee and pecan financiers. It is a promising marriage in my opinion, offering you the best of both worlds : Lorraine’s strong suits being the use of standard ingredients and Nopi’s the lighter Chantilly cream.
For the sponge
- 175 g very soft butter plus extra for greasing
- 100g pecan nuts
- 200g flour
- 200g light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 medium eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- coffee shots
For the coffee Chantilly
- 500 ml heavy whipping cream
- 75g light brown sugar
- coffee shots
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees ( 350 F)
- Bake the pecan nuts for about 15 mins – keep an eye on the oven to make sure they’re just taking a bit of color.
- Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Then, add the butter ( melted ), eggs and vanilla extract.
- For the coffee, I’ve played it by ear, and added 1 shot of our Nespresso machine coffee. You can make it stronger if you wish. With 1 shot, the flavor is present but not overwhelming, and as we have a toddler I needed to keep it light. Add the coffee to the mix.
- Chop thinly the pecan nuts and add to the mix. Then pour the mix in a greased baking tin, and bake for about 40 minutes. Again, I always keep an eye on the baking as timing will depend on the size of your tin. The narrower, the longer.
- In the meantime, prepare the coffee Chantilly : whisk the whipping cream with the sugar and another shot of coffee, until firm. Set aside in the fridge so that it keep it’s consistency.
- Once the cake is baked you can either split it in half ( I did not because my tin is narrow and deep), let it cool a little and spread a layer of Chantilly in the middle. If your cake is not that thick, you can simply enjoy with a spoon of coffee Chantilly on the side.
The result was praised by our own little panel of tasters made of one coffee addict, a pregnant woman and a toddler. I believe we can conclude this marriage is promising and is likely to have wide offspring.