London, such a great city with lots of delicious desserts.
Puddings, tarts, custards, pies and a lot of inns. But no bars!
So what is the origin of this cake and where did the name come from?
Our research showed traces of London Bars in Croatia as Londonerice or London štangice, in Hungary as Londoni szelet (just try reading all those names!) and many other places nearby. But no relation to London and British cuisine. 🤨
That’s no reason not to try them, is it?
Ingredients for the dough
200 g (1 ½ cup) of all purpose flour
140 g (1 ⅛ cup) of cold butter
6 tbsp sugar
4 egg yolk
a pinch of baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
Ingredients for the filling
200 g (1 ½ cup) granulated sugar
140 g (1 ⅛ cup) of ground walnuts
juice of 1 lemon
4 egg whites
1 cup of chopped walnuts for sprinkling
a few tablespoons of apricot/plum jam for the spread
Make the dough by combining all the ingredients.
Leave in the fridge for 30min.
Preheat the oven at 180 °C (356 °F).
Roll the dough and place it in the 9×13 inch baking sheet.
Bake for 15 min.
While the dough is baking, mix egg whites until firm, add sugar and lemon juice.
At the end, with the spatula, gently mix in the ground walnuts.
Remove the dough form the oven and reduce the temperature to 150 °C (300 °F).
Spread the jam on the dough.
Pour the filling on the jam.
Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts.
Return to oven and bake for another 15-20 min.
Tip: You can sprinkle the cake with ground walnuts instead!
This is one of those recipes I got from a friend’s grandmother written in an old notebook. It didn’t even have baking temperature nor time written! Well, in the old days they had wooden stoves and weren’t able to regulate it anyway, so this does make sense 🙂
Combination of chocolate and walnuts with a zesty jam will win you over forever 😀
For the dough
100 g (7 tbsp) butter
100 g (1/2 cup) sugar
1 egg yolk
100 g (1 cup) pastry flour
100 g (1 cup) ground walnuts
For the cream
150 g (10 tbsp) softened butter
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
4 egg yolks
150 g (10 tbsp) melted dark chocolate
5 egg whites
For the chocolate glaze
100 g (6 1/2 tbsp) dark chocolate
50 g (1/4 cup) butter
2 tbsp oil
1 beaten egg
jam of your choice (I used black current jam)
Knead the dough from all the dough ingredients, wrap in cling wrap and let it rest for half an hour in the refrigerator.
Roll the dough and place it in a round 26 cm (10 in) diameter pie pan.
Bake in a preheated oven on 170 °C (340 °F) until baked only half way! (10-12 min).
Meanwhile make the cream. Melt the chocolate either on steam or in the microwave.
In a separate bowl beat egg whites until firm peak.
In a large bowl, mix sugar with egg yolks until foamy, add the butter and the melted chocolate.
With spatula gently mix in previously firmly beaten egg whites.
Take the halfway baked cake out of the oven and spread the jam thinly on the dough.
Pour the cream on the jam. Bake until done, for another 10-15 minutes.
Cool the cake before you put the glaze on.
For the glaze melt the chocolate with butter and oil. Remove from heat and add the beaten egg. This is grandma’s secret touch 🙂
Serving: Sprinkle with some finely chopped walnuts for decoration!
We all have some old recipes passed done from generations before. What’s yours?