Today, I’m finally back with a new recipe that has won the hearts, and stomachs, of friends, family and neighbours alike. I have to admit that our family has been spoiled by the infiltration of seedless grapes that when Dad bought a punnet of seeded green grapes, it took far longer that needed to get through it. In fact, no one was paying it much attention and whenever I took some out for Florian seeing that green grapes are his favourite, I would lovingly remove the pips before handing him the bowl.
When the grapes started looking rather sad, I decided to give them new life by making them the star of a cake. I took whatever was left of them (300g out of the original 500g!!), sliced them all into halves and removed their pips. To be honest, I didn’t expect much. And when I proudly declared that I had baked a Ground hazelnut grape cake, no one seemed very impressed nor excited to try it… BUT when they did, they declared it to be utterly scrumdidlyumptious!
The ground hazelnuts weaved its toasty, sweet, nuttiness into the crumb, while the edges hardened to an almost tart-like crunch. The grapes on top caramelised and had a deep sweetness to it that was mellowed out by the cake itself. As with all things great, recipe’s at the bottom so scroll all the way down if you cannot wait. Otherwise, it’s onto the more mundane topics I like to randomly drone on about.
I have to admit that as painful as this year has been on a personal level, it has brought with it many blessings for which I am grateful. In the last 9-10 months we’ve been staying with Mum and Dad, our family has drawn closer and I love that Florian gets on well with them. Florian’s promotion and new role with a new team is also a wonderful blessing; a great reward for all the hard work he has been doing. Our new home that we can truly call our own is only a few days away from our moving into. And now, with the lifting of CB measures, we get to finally meet a couple of very close friends this weekend after 3 months!
Our heartache may currently outweigh our joy, and for now, it is still too painful to talk about on such an open platform. Perhaps one day.
I am learning that we have to create our own rainbows sometimes. Not everything in life is handed to us on a silver platter, and often, we tend to take so, so many things for granted.
I am happy and fulfilled. However, I still have ghosts to conquer. Ghosts that have been around for far too long. I look back now and hate that I allowed my past to latch onto me until today. I hate that I stubbornly held on to things that should never have mattered. But I did. And now, the hole in my heart, I believe, comes from my not letting go much sooner. I wonder if it’s even worth it any more, but I know, deep within, that even if I cannot change the past, I am still worth fighting for.
Onto nicer things… Our washing machine is now in!
And our beautiful fridge was delivered along with our washer/dryer last weekend.
Florian and I have found a lovely TV console that will arrive on Monday…
And a gorgeous dining table that will not be ready for another 3 months!!!!
We also finally had our first meal out after entering Phase 2 post-CB. Needless to say, it was DIM SUM!!
So yummy! Now that cravings have been satisfied, I’m pretty happy continuing with home-cooked food.
And home-baked cakes!
As promised, your reward for slogging through my random chatter is this recipe for Ground hazelnut grape cake that I assure you, you will not regret making!
Ground Hazelnut Grape Cake (Makes 1 9″ round)
110g Ground hazelnuts
155g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
225g unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 170 deg C.
- Cream butter with sugar and cinnamon.
- Beat in eggs one at a time.
- Incorporate ground hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, and salt until just mixed through.
- Pour batter into prepared tin and top with grapes (no need to press them down).
- Bake for 50-60 min until golden brown and set.
Florian loved this a lot and had a huge piece of it to himself after his initial slither. Our 7th floor neighbours said that it brought them back to Germany where they used to live many years ago. Mum’s friend texted her right after saying that it was truly delicious. And my next door neighbour asked if I was selling it. So you don’t have to believe me when I say that this cake is incredibly moreish, the crumbs will convince you because there won’t be any left!
I’m going to make this again tomorrow, but with cherries on top instead, and maybe with a chocolate base. I have no doubt whatsoever that the hubs will be even more impressed by it because cherries, cinnamon, chocolate and hazelnut will be nearly all his favourite things in one. Only apples will be missing the party. Lol.
Let me know if you make this cake and whether sends fireworks round your tastebuds! I’d love to know whether it turns out as delightful to you as it has been to us. 🙂