can bet my best spatula that you don’t know who is the king, the big kahuna, the nuttiest of all nuts, the super-duper nut?! Well, I’ll give you a hint – today I’m making caramel and walnut loaf cake, so..?
So, what’s the deal with walnuts?
Well, you see, today I’m making caramel and walnut loaf cake, which is a very simple, yet delicious, and – if I may say – somewhat healthy dessert. Why “somewhat”? Well, we all know that sugar, butter, eggs etc. are not ingredients that will make your nutritionist jumping with joy, but the main ingredient of my today’s cake is a star among nuts – his royal healthiness – walnut! Yep, nutritional experts have declared walnuts to be one of the healthiest foods you can eat! And not only that! In March 2004, based on 10 years of research regarding the heart health benefits of walnuts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a qualified health claim for walnuts, the first ever for a whole food! This is serious stuff!
Walnuts are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in antioxidants, manganese, copper, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and melatonin. Let’s not forget the minerals! So, in walnuts you will find calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. Walnuts reduce bad cholesterol in the body, improve metabolism, and help control the diabetes. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, aid in weight management, and help as a mood booster. They are also believed to slow down the spread of cancer!
Walnuts have always been considered as “Brain Food”, perhaps because the surface structure of the walnut has a crinkly appearance like that of the brain. Due to this reason, they have been considered as a symbol of intelligence, leading to the belief that they actually increase one’s intellect. While this is not exactly true, recent studies have proven that the consumption of these seeds does help in promoting brain function.
My Caramel and Walnut Loaf Cake
I really like loaf cakes, especially with my afternoon coffee. And you, are you a coffee or a tea person? Anyway, I already have delicious and recipes on my site, so check those out too! Today, I’m making something a bit different. :) To make my caramel and walnut loaf cake first I will make caramel out of sugar and some water. I will pour it onto a paper linad baking tray and leave it to harden. Then, I will mix it in a food processor until it is finely ground. After that, I will add the remaining ingredients and mix until I get smooth batter. Easy, right? I will pour the batter into my loaf pan and bake it for about 50 minutes. While my cake is cooling, I will make sugar glaze and caramelized walnuts. Don’t worry, it is very simple, you will see in my video! So let’s get to work and make awesome caramel and walnut loaf cake!
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