This is a speciality from the Creuse department in the centre of France.

It is traditionally made with hazelnuts, but can also be made with walnuts – a lovely rich cake to be eaten with afternoon tea.


Serves: 4 to 6

Level: Easy

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes



250g ground hazelnuts (walnuts if you prefer)

100g plain flour

50g caster sugar

100g melted unsalted butter

2 eggs + 2 egg yolks

80g liquid honey (lemon blossom or any that you prefer)



Preheat the oven to 200°c butter a 25cm flan dish and dust it with flour, tapping out the surplus.

Beat the eggs and yolks together with the melted butter and the honey to a smooth mixture, add the flour, hazelnuts and sugar, mixing well with a wooden spoon.

Put the mixture into the flan tin.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature of the oven to 180°c for 25 – 30 minutes o until golden brown.

Leave to cool completely before taking out of the flan dish.

Can be eaten warm with a dollop of crème fraîche or clotted cream.

Bon appétit!


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