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Nut cake

  • 100g/3 oz each of poppy seeds, ground walnuts, ground hazelnuts, ground almonds, dried and stoned dates, dried figs
  • 150g/5 oz sesame seeds
  • 75g/2½ oz clear honey
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Flour
  • Put the poppy seeds and ground nuts on a baking tray and place under a hot grill for 5 minutes, turning them over occasionallyto prevent them from burning.
  • Put the sesame seeds in a bowl.
  • Puree the figs and dates in a blender and add the nut mixture and pepper to the dried fruits and blend until they are it looks and feels like a dough.
  • Pour the honey into a pan and bring to the boil. Boil for 3 minutes or until the honey begins to darken.
  • Blend one-third of the honey into the dried fruit and nut mixture and stir the rest into the sesame seeds.
  • Divide the mixture into two balls of equal size. Flour your hands and flatten one of the sesame seed balls into a disc about 25 cm/10" in diameter and put this onto a flat plate.
  • Place the nut mixture on top of the sesame seeds and flatten with your hands until the sesame seeds are completely covered.
  • Flatten the remaining sesame seed ball with floured hands and position this on top of the cake.
  • Leave for one hour to allow the honey to set.
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