Roasted Hazelnut & Browned Butter Cake

I am such a fan of Hazelnuts and this cake is made all the nuttier because of the browned butter. Plus it has Muscavado sugar and it’s Gluten and Wheat Free. This has to be tried with a small strong coffee (you chose the origin of the style), just give yourself those 5 minutes to enjoy it and all memories of nasty, stale nuts in and on cakes will waft away on the perfumed breeze of your joyous exhalations  … no really, it’s true 🙂


Roasted Hazelnut & Browned Butter Cake

210 g / 7 oz hazelnuts

240 g / 8 oz butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

180 g / 6 oz Muscavado sugar

120 g /4 oz Gluten & Wheat Free SR flour

8 egg whites

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat your oven to 350˚F, 180˚C or Gas 4.

Grease enough parchment paper to line a 29 cm /12″ round cake pan. Parchment paper is best as this cake sometimes sticks.


Spread the hazelnuts onto a tray and pop them into the oven for 5 – 10 minutes, stay alert as son as you smell them they are done (the more you do this the more confident you’ll become in trusting your sensesas you cook).


Put them on the side to cool.

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Now put the butter into a medium sized saucepan and set to melt over a moderate heat. Once it is melted, stand by the cooker, turn the heat up and watch it as the butter rises and you start to notice the foam in the centre change colour from yellow, to amber to a deeper brown. It’s done! Take it off the heat and allow it to settle and cool for 10 minutes.

Now put the nuts into the food processor and milled to a fine crumb, or chop on a board, it will take a little longer but is perfectly fine.

Stir together the nuts, flour and sugar (squeeze any lumps of sugar between your fingers and they will break down.

Whisk the egg whites. Add the granulated sugar and whisk until very stiff peaks.  Transfer the whites to the large mixing bowl with the sugary, floury nuts.


Pour the butter into the bowl too and make sure to tip in the browned sediment, I have photographed it so you can clearly see it. This is all the lovely flavour. Now add the vanilla too.

Fold together the dry ingredients, the brown butter, vanilla and egg whites.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 50 minutes.

Cool on a rack 30 minutes.


Now lift the cake out and remove the paper and set the cake onto a plate.

Chocolate Ganache 

120 g /4 oz 70 % Cocoa solids Chocolate, chopped
60 ml / 2 fl oz double cream

Put the cream into a small saucepan and over a medium heat just bring it to simmering point (where you can see a few bubbles forming at the edge.

Turn off the heat and add the chocolate in one go and stir quickly until it has melted, thickened and glossed up, beautiful.

Pour it over the cooled cake. I like to cress it with a few chocolate dipped coffee beans 😉

 DSCN4015This cake is available to order from me (UK Mainland) for £26  + £8 P&POther countries then please contact me for more information :)

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Scarlet Rosita’s Dukkah

That’s it! It’s December, we have erected the tree (it’s a real tree, so No.1 Daughter has agreed to come home) and all the focus is on Christmasy stuff (which I love by the way, and I shall love far more once I have a small child to indulge again).

Dukkah all bagged and ready to go!

Dukkah all bagged and ready to go!

And I am sure it was the same for you too, but it was at Christmas that we would suddenly have vast quantities of nuts in the house, in a way that was totally out of the ordinary to all the other times, events and seasons. When I was a child they were novel, I can remember my sister, some friends (Adrian and Kerry) and I trying to eat embryonic sweet chestnuts (hairy and yuck) and I am sure that most Christmas’ I attempted to eat my own body weight in Chocolate Brazils, but mostly I felt pretty ‘meh’ about them (apart from the Hazelnut biscotti incident, more about that another day). But now I am older I can appreciate and enjoy nuts in a way that feels very grown up, after all they are very good for you too.

So, much of what I cook now has additions of fruit, seeds, herbs, spices and nuts. I love their aromatic quality and their texture and the flavours too and I wanted to make something new to me that was savoury and nutty (lots of sweet, nutty stuff around and I just didn’t want plain old salted or dry roasted). Well, I was a-leafing through some old cook books and I came across an Egyptian snack food of roasted seeds and nuts, eaten by dipping bread into oil and then the said roasted mix. Well, I was away, I had it!

Of course it is offering itself to be crusted onto the side of pork or lamb, or topping a fish or vegetable dish (just for those last 5 minutes in the oven) but I have to say that I think it is perfect for just spooning into the palm of your hand and knocking back, preferably with a small glass of something suitably strong (your choice here) but I love a Marsala.

This is super easy to make, just needs a little patience and focus whilst they are in the oven, no distractions allowed, you have been warned.

And, of course, if you feel like adding some of your favourite flavours then give it a go, most herbs and spices go well and if you like you could even add a little sugar for a ‘Sweet & Salt’ vibe.

Scarlet Rosita’s Dukkah

120 g/4 oz Hazelnuts
120 g/4 oz Peanuts
120 g/4 oz Cashews
120 g/4 oz Almonds
60 g/2 oz Pinenuts
60 g/2 oz Pistachios (shelled)
60 g/2 oz Sunflower Seeds
60 g/2 oz Pumpkin Seeds
15g/0.5 oz Coloured Peppercorns
30g/1 oz Coriander Seeds
30g/1 oz Caraway
15g/0.5 oz Fennel
15g/0.5 oz Aniseed
1/2 tsp Cloves
60 g/2 oz Sesame seeds
1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
1 heaped tsp Ground Cumin
1 heaped tsp Thyme
1 heaped tsp Mint
1 heaped tsp Sea salt

Preheat the oven to Gas 4 150ºC.
Shell any nuts that need to be and then spread them onto a baking sheet.


Keep similar sized items together, so the Pine nuts and Pistachios’ can go on the same tray and the Hazelnuts and Almonds can be roasted together,

Cashew Nuts

as can the Sunflower seeds and Pumpkins seeds

Almonds & Hazelnuts

Allow each item to become toasty and fragrant

Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds

that will be the best indicator of their readiness …

Black, Pink, Green & White Peppercorns & Coriander Seeds

…when you can smell them

Caraway Seeds, Fennel Seeds & Aniseeds

Repeat with each of the seeds and the peppercorns.

Sesame Seeds and Cloves

Allow each of them to cool completely. Pulse in a food processor to a coarse consistency.

Getting Ready To Grind

Place into a bowl and add the final herbs, spices and salt and mix well (with a spoon is sufficient).

All Ground Now

That’s it … bag it up and give it as a gift for Christmas but make sure to keep some for yourself so you can sprinkle it on the Spiced Parsnip Soup

Dukkah all bagged and ready to go!

Dukkah all bagged and ready to go!

Well as it is fairly chilly here in Blighty I needed to make something warm and comforting but not anything too heavy today. And the parsnips looked beautiful … and Spiced Parsnip Soups is one of my favourites … and it is really easy to do … and I could top it with the Dukkah … it was all looking like it was meant to be.

The Spiced Parsnip Soup now has a post in its own right. (Just discovered how to add categories and tags so finding recipes is easier – just an editors amendment)

PS I’m the editor too 🙂

If you are in London then why not come and see me Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.

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