This Christmas, give your homemade cakes a mouthwatering makeover with walnuts. Adding these crunchy, nutritious nuts will transform them into exotically interesting and utterly delicious treats!
By Sabyasachi Gorai
Did you know that walnuts are picked from August to November and sold all through the year? Every walnut you have is preserved in cold temperatures, unshelled, to keep in the goodness intact.
So, this Christmas, why not give your trusty recipes a festive update by adding walnuts! Sounds exciting? Create beautifully creamy treats with loads of nutrition because walnuts are the perfect addition to make your holiday celebrations truly special.
What's more, walnuts are nutrition powerhouses being excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids (2.5 grams of ALA/28 gm), antioxidants and loads of fibre.
So, this holiday season, here is a curated list of classic recipes with the added crunch of walnuts for you to relish with loved ones and friends!
For the cake:
For the poached pears:
Cream cheese frosting
1. Preheat oven to 176°C. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, beat together sugars, eggs and oil until well combined. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Stir in zucchini and walnuts.
4. Pour batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean. Cool completely.
Cream cheese frosting
1. For the cream cheese frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together until creamy.
2. Add vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream and beat until combined.
3. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Frost the cooled cake and serve immediately.
For the glaze
1. Preheat oven to 176°C.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugars, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, salt and ginger. Stir in orange zest and oil until mixture is moist. Reserve ¾ cup of the flour mixture in a small bowl, set aside (save for topping).
3. Stir baking powder and baking soda into main flour mixture. Beat together buttermilk and egg. Add to cake batter and mix until just combined (do not overmix). Pour batter into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
4. Combine reserved flour mixture with walnuts and the remaining cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over cake batter.
5. Bake 40-45 minutes until centre springs back or toothpick comes out clean when inserted in middle. Cool completely before serving.
1. Place the walnuts, oats, sunflower seeds, ginger, turmeric and orange zest into a food processor and pulse until you have a fine meal-like consistency. Add the carrot and dates and whizz again. Add in a little of the orange juice and blitz again, adding a little more juice if needed, until the mixture just comes together.
2. Roll the mixture into 25 balls. Place the coconut onto a plate or tray, and roll the balls to coat. Chill in the fridge or keep in your freezer until needed.
These recipes sound utterly blissfully delicious, don't they? Yes, we're sure that you are already drooling! What are you waiting for? Get into the Christmas spirit. Let's get baking!
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