8.06.2012

Spiced Walnut Torte with Good Intentions and Bourbon Syrup


There is something I have been meaning to talk to you about, now promise me you won’t be mad when I tell you that your sweet tooth… it’s getting a little out of control there sugar. You're giving me cavities just watching you. You might want to think about slowing down a little, putting it on a budget, giving yourself a sweet allowance.

One little sweet thing a day, or every other day or whatever is considered reasonable. You can skip a couple days and save up your sweets and have an ice cream sundae on Saturday night, but no more of this M&M shoveling. No more strawberry shortcake seconds (or thirds!). Gone are the days of ice cream bon bon binges and buttercream topped bundts. No more mad tea parties with milky spiced chai and daintily dripping bourbon laced syrup onto thick gooey slices of walnut torte. Nope. That time in your life is over. You won’t be needing this recipe. Nope. Just ignore it.

Walnut Tortes are silly, they are frivolous spending of sweet budgets with they’re dense nuttiness and almost soufflé tops. I mean… really. Why would you spend your allowance on something like that. That would be a mistake.

But me… this girl – I am a just jumble of mistakes, stitched together with good intentions.

Walnut Torte
3 Cups Finely Chopped Walnuts
1 ½ Cups Flour
1 TS Baking Powder
1 TS Salt
1 TB Cinnamon
1 TB Nutmeg
1 TS Cream Tartar
1 TB Vanilla
6 Eggs

Bourbon Simple Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
4 TB Bourbon

Round up six eggs and separate them. Add Cream Tartar to the whites and whisk in a stand mixer until foamy and fluffy. Meanwhile combine the dry ingredients and chopped walnuts in a bowl and the yolks and vanilla in another. Slowly beat the sugar into the yolks until creamy and then blend in the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the egg whites. Grease a round pan and fill with batter. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for ten minutes and then remove from the pan and cool another ten before slicing. Drizzle with Bourbon Simple Syrup and serve to someone you love.

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