Recipe

Hazelnut choc chip cake with Frangelico cream and figs

  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Hazelnut choc chip cake with Frangelico cream and figs
  • 1 cup (140 grams) skinless roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 4 gram egg whites
  • 1 cup (220 grams) caster sugar
  • 100 gram dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100 gram hazelnut wafer biscuits, quartered
  • 4 medium figs, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 250 gram crème fraîche
  • 1/2 cup (125 millilitres) thick cream
  • 1/4 cup (40 grams) icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 millilitres) hazelnut liqueur

Method

Hazelnut choc chip cake with Frangelico cream and figs
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C. Lock the base in a 22cm springform pan upside down; grease, then line base and side with baking paper.
  • 2
    Rinse nuts under cold water; drain well. Spread nuts on a baking-paper-lined oven tray; dust with sifted icing sugar, toss to coat. Roast 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Reserve ¼ cup for decoration. Chop remaining nuts; cool.
  • 3
    In a small bowl, beat egg whites and ¼ cup (55 grams) caster sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until firm peaks form. Add remaining caster sugar; beat on high speed 8 minutes or until dissolved. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; fold in chopped nuts, chocolate and wafer biscuits. Spoon mixture into pan.
  • 4
    Bake cake 40 minutes or until firm. Cool in pan.
  • 5
    Make frangelico cream.
  • 6
    Remove cake from pan; transfer to a plate. Gently press down top of meringue; spread with frangelico cream.
  • 7
    Place figs, in a single layer, on a shallow oven tray; sprinkle with brown sugar. Using a blowtorch, brown the figs until sugar caramelises.
  • 8
    Arrange figs on cake and drizzle with any cooking juices. Sprinkle with reserved nuts.
Frangelico cream
  • 9
    In a small bowl, beat ingredients with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

Notes

Locking in the base of a springform pan upside down, makes it easier to remove the cake later. Blowtorches are available from kitchenware and hardware stores. Alternatively, you can place the tray of figs under a hot grill to caramelise the sugar.

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