June 10, 2012

Coffee & Walnut Ring

I like a little something sweet on my dining table almost all the time... It does not need to be fancy. A coffee cake made with readily available ingredients comes handy when I have such sweet craving. This goes equally well with morning coffee or evening tea or even with your late night ice-cream :)
Coffee-Walnut Ring

Serves: 10 people
Prep Time: 10 mins
Baking Time: 40 - 45 minutes

  • Oil/ Melted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar ; I use 1 cup when I do not add maple syrup on top
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp instant coffee ; I use Nescafe ( original recipe calls for 1 tsp coffee extract )
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • Walnut halves to decorate
  • Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease a 6 1/4-cup tube or a 9 inch square pan, preferably nonstick.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs and coffee powder / extract. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Spoon the mixture in the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until risen, firm and golden brown.
  • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out carefully onto a wire rack. While the cake is still warm, spoon over half the maple syrup . To serve, top with walnut halves and drizzle with the remaining maple syrup.
When served with Vanilla Ice-cream ... Bliss !

 Enjoy your cake !

Ajanta from Amherst

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