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Walnut Streusel Cake

Finding an energy-dense food that is not only rich in fibre and omega-3 fats but also contains higher amounts of antioxidants than most other foods and could improve brain health, sounds like a valuable addition to our diet. If we aren’t allergic, we can gain these benefits by adding walnuts to our diet.

Even though walnuts are rich in calories, studies indicate that they donโ€™t increase obesity risk when replacing other foods in your diet… [and they] are the only nuts that contain significant amounts of Alpha Linoleic Acid or ALA. ALA is considered especially beneficial for heart health. It also helps reduce inflammation and improve the composition of blood fats.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15514264

If you don’t like simply snacking on Walnuts, and there is only so much Waldorf Salad you can eat, incorporate walnuts in a sweet baked delight such as Streusel Cake.

Streusal Cake Recipes

  • 113g Butter
  • 198g Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 240g Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 227g Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

Streusel Mix Topping

  • 100g Sugar – I used a mix of brown and fine white sugar
  • 2tsp Cinnamon
  • Minimum of 1/2 cup of Walnuts, chopped

Prepare a 8 inch bundt pan or 9โ€ณx9โ€ณ pan and pre-heat oven to 350F – 175 C
Cream together room temperature butter with the sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Fold flour mixture into the creamed butter, alternating flour and yogurt until well mixed.
Spoon half of the batter into a prepared pan, sprinkle with half of the streusel and cover with remaining batter.

Sprinkle remaining streusel on top. *(I omitted this step)
Bake at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes or until cooked through.

Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out.

Variations to the Recipe:

I am going to increase the ratio of brown sugar to white sugar in the streusel topping mix and put in a thin layer in the bundt pan first, before adding the cake batter. That way, the cake will turn out with a streusel topping insitu.

I used a mix of fermented kefir and vanilla yoghurt, and it worked fine, so I am pretty confident any yoghurt, or even sour cream, will work with this recipe.

Here is how my variation turned out. Simply Delicious.

For full enjoyment, break out a gourmet leaf tea to accompany like this Royal Ritz flavour from The Tea Centre.

Thanks to Sandy for her recipe which was originally sourced from King Arthur’s Flour.

Linking to a Virtualteaparty over at Su’s blog

40 thoughts on “Walnut Streusel Cake”

      1. That looks good too. I’m thinking of baking a coffee and walnut cake this weekend if I can get hold of some walnuts. Going out for a walk soon so will hopefully find some in town. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend as best you can.

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  1. I’d have to leave the walnuts out! Hate them and brazil nuts. Any others I could use? Oh, what am I saying? I know I won’t bake a cake! I did make a nice apple crumble yesterday though ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Well if you do want to bake there would be nothing to stop you just adding the cinnamon sugar combo – or you could add some other nut you might like pecan or almonds could be nice. Lockdown might entice you to stretch your baking skills, Jo?

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  2. This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it to the tea party too.
    I love walnuts and am so looking forward to my favourite middle Eastern grocer reopening as they stock the absolute best, freshest walnuts I had (barring those Iโ€™ve bought still in their shells which are really hard to get).

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    1. Fresh walnuts taste so much better than ones that have sat on the supermarket shelf for what could be months. I think once the virus has gone, I will also try a middle eastern grocer for walnuts. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting the tea party.

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    1. Hi Janet! Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments on my cake. If you like walnuts you will definitely like this cake.
      We are fine here at the moment, in partial lockdown. I have taken leave from work so it gives me a glimpse of what retirement may be like.
      Is Sally doing okay? Up till a few days ago, at least, I noticed she hasn’t posted for a few weeks.

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      1. I donโ€™t know. With the move only a few weeks ago, I havenโ€™t kept up as much as I should. Iโ€™ll have to go to her site and see.

        How do you think youโ€™ll enjoy retirement based on your experience so far?

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      2. It has only been a week, so atm or feels like a holiday. Although I do know it may be permanent so am thinking that way. I notice that I have to find a new routine especially as the lockdown has stopped lots of social and community activities.
        Have you unpacked everything?

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      3. I haven’t unpacked everything yet, although a certain amount may stay packed in boxes. When everything is different, it takes time to figure out where the best place is for each item. I have some kitchen utensils I’d like to have, but can’t figure out which box they’re in. ๐Ÿ™‚ First world problem, right? I have lots of business/financial things that had to be done first: changes of address, new bank things, etc. and I still have to do taxes. The date for taxes was extended from April 15 to July 15, making my life MUCH easier.

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      4. A welcome extenstion for tax. That is something I really dislike doing, Janet. Taxes do my head in. I avoid it at all costs but of course they must be done. And eventually do get done. When we moved last year, it was exhausting although we had prepared really well. The ideal was unpacking one box each one day, and feet up at 5pm each day for a glass of wine on the balcony. I found I unpacked much more than one box, as I wanted to get through it all, but the 5pm breather was very welcome. I am glad it is over and I can enjoy my new home. Did you move far this time, Janet?

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      5. We moved from the Chicago, Illinois area to Gilbert, Arizona, 1800+ miles, six states away, and a complete climate change from four seasons to a desert climate. Quite a distance in all ways. ๐Ÿ™‚ But my parents are here and at 91 and 90, can use help sometimes. My brother and his family are nearby and our older daughter and husband are in southern California. Our younger daughter in Philadelphia and sisters-in-law in Ohio and New York City are much further away now.

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      6. We changed our move date by almost three weeks when the virus stuff started getting serious. That made for some hectic times, but we got out and here without incident and were very careful on the way. Once things have calmed down somewhat, it’s an easy and inexpensive flight to southern California and our daughter in Philadelphia will be glad to visit us here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      7. Also – I guess you will notice the climate change in coming months when you come into summer, sas I believe Chicago is more temperate? Do you like the dry heat?

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      8. Although we’ve noticed the difference each night when we sit outside on the back patio, we’ll notice it even more later in the week when temperatures are supposed to be around 100F!! Yes, the dry heat does make a difference, although at some point it still becomes just HOT. ๐Ÿ™‚ I grew up in the Midwest, so I really enjoy four seasons, but there were too many reasons to move here, so here we are. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      9. In contrast to you, we have moved away from our parents and children, but not so far – about 1 hour away, to the beach. A cooler climate. We lived in the hot inner city for 35 years, but it was humid heat, as opposed to the dry of the desert.
        In Australia, the deserts are really cold at night. Will Arizone be likewise? Do you have airconditioning to make the summer bearable?

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      10. The desert does cool down a lot at night, over thirty degrees in this upcoming heat wave according to the predictions on my weather app. In winter, it can get close to freezing. Yes, our rental house has whole-house air conditioning and ceiling fans in most of the rooms. Contrary to Europe where very few people have AC, I would imagine almost everyone here has it.

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      11. That is the way things are headed in Australia too – whole house air conditioning. However, we chose only to air condition the bottom floor of our two storey house. That is because the sea breezes here are so regular that one only has to open the door in the afternoon and the house cools down very fast. It may be a bit cool in the upcoming winter, so we shall see. I only used the airconditioner a handful of times in the summer, in contrast to the city, where we used it all day and sometimes all night. Desert living has its difficulty – you need two sets of clothes, cool for the daytime and warm snuggly clothes for night.

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      12. Your new place sounds lovely. The clothing situation is a bit like that here, too. Of course we have lots of cold weather clothes from all the places we’ve lived previously and although the inclination is that we should get rid of lots of them, we’ll need to get through a year here to get a better idea of what we use and don’t use before making those decisions. Of course, we can also go to the mountains, where there will be really winter and we’ll need appropriate clothes then. Patience is required. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes already I’ve had to change clothes later in the day as it warmed up.

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      13. Sounds like you are well prepared, Janet. Like you, we will have to live here for a while -12 months or so, to fully experience the variety of weather conditions. Good idea to hang onto things for a bit longer, Just in case.

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