Balkan Walnut & Coffee Slice

This is a two-layered slice with a rich walnut base and creamy light coffee topping.  Serve with a complementary drink, for example, a sour cherry liqueur.  If you want to alter the recipe, use pistachios instead of walnuts.

Balkan Walnut & Coffee Slice

Balkan Walnut & Coffee Slice

Ingredients (serves 8 – 12)

4 sheets of filo pastry

50g unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs, separated

175g caster sugar

90g walnuts, finely ground

Walnut pieces and sifted icing sugar to decorate

For the topping:

200g unsalted butter at room temperature

1 egg yolk

150g caster sugar

45ml cold strong coffee

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / Gas Mark 4

Grease and line a deep 20cm / 8in square cake tin

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl until thick and pale

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Whisk the egg whites until stiff

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Fold the ground nuts into the whites  with a metal spoon

Fold the whites into the egg yolks

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Brush the sheets of filo pastry with the butter

Fold them over and place in the base of the prepared tin

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Spoon mixture into prepared tin

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Bake for 25 – 30 minutes

Allow to cool

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For the topping, cream the ingredients together well

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Spread on the cake with a round bladed knife

Scatter over the walnut pieces

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Chill for at least 3 to 4 hours or overnight

Sprinkle with icing sugar

Balkan Walnut & Coffee Slice

Balkan Walnut & Coffee Slice

Cut into fingers, triangles or squares (depending on how greedy you are!)

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Serve!


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