Honeyed walnut cantucci

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 30 people

  • 100 gm walnuts
  • 130 gm honey
  • 100 gm butter, softened
  • 100 gm caster sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 orange, finely grated rind only
  • 350 gm (2 1/3 cups) plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
01   Preheat oven to 170C. Dry-roast walnuts in a small frying pan over medium heat until golden and fragrant (1-2 minutes), add 80gm honey and cook until caramelised (4-5 minutes). Spoon onto a lightly oiled oven tray and cool completely, then break into small pieces.
02   Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and remaining honey until pale and fluffy, add eggs, orange juice and rind and beat to combine. Stir in flour and baking powder, add honeyed walnuts and mix to combine. Divide mixture in half and, on a heavily sugared surface, roll each half into a 30cm-long log. Place each log on a baking paper-lined oven tray and bake until golden (20-25 minutes), remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
03   Thinly slice logs and arrange slices on baking paper-lined oven trays and return to oven. Bake until light golden (8-10 minutes), turn and bake for another 8-10 minutes until crisp and dry, then cool on a wire rack. Cantucci will keep for up to 1 month stored in an airtight container.

Recipe:

GOURMET FOOD TEAM

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

MEGAN MORTON

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