When : Always October 22nd
This day celebrates nutritious and healthy nuts (food) of all kinds. Celebrate today by eating lots of nuts, either as a snack, or in baked goods. May I suggest Rocky Road Ice Cream?
A couple of nutty facts:
- Peanuts are not really nuts. They are Legumes, a member of the “Pea” family.
- The center of seeds, like pumpkins and squash, is called a “nut”.
In honor of National “Nut” Day here is one of my daughter Meg’s favorite recipes. The picture is of the birthday cake I made her. Believe you me, there wasn’t any left over for the next day. Luckily I photographed it before it was all gone!
6 Eggs, separated
sugar amounts in recipe
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup groung filberts
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350.
In large bowl with mixers at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Beating at high speed sprinkle in 1/4 cup sugar, beating well after each addition. Whites should stand in stiff peaks.
In small bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar until blended. Stir in bread crumbs, flour and 2/3 cup gound nuts. Fold into beaten egg whites.
Pour batter into 10″ x 3″ spring-loaf pan and spread evenly.
Bake 40 minutes until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert cake in pan on wire rack and cool completely.
In small bowl at medium speed, beat whipping cream, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form.
Remove cake from pan and with a long sharp knife slice cake horizontally in two layers. Place bottom layer on cake platter and spread one-fourth whipped cream on top. Place second layer on top. With remaining whipped cream spread it on top and sides of cake. With hand gently press remaining 1/3 cup of ground nuts into whipped cream.