I know it's time to get going on those New Year resolutions but I've decided to allow myself a momentary lapse of judgement on this rainy Sunday Morning. After all a bit of Sunday baking is good for the soul!
And I love this cake for the virtue of the simple fact that it is completely adaptable and switches faces very quickly. And successfully.
What ever do I mean?
It goes from being a cake to a fudgy torte with one minor switch - if you roughly grind the hazelnuts into small pieces, it takes the face of a rich custardy torte.
If you find grind the hazelnuts like I have here you end up with a more cake like consistency. We baked both for my Saturday class over the weekend and everyone picked their fave rendition.
Bear in mind though that hazelnuts especially raw ones are a bitch to come by. So once again it's amazon.com to the rescue. However here in the U.S, Trader Joes sells bags of roasted unsalted hazelnuts with filberts more on than off.
Never mind that because this cake is so completely forgiving that it all comes together just fine. One word of caution, please don't flip out at the sight of the oozy liquidy batter and shovel a whole bunch of flour to the recipe.
It all comes together beautifully. I promise!
And once again, don't go buying cheap ingredients - splurge on the Vanilla bean paste and good high quality chocolate and how you shall be rewarded my precious!
As you can see, I'm ready for the Hobbit movie...he..he