Hazelnut gateau with strawberries and cream

Submitted by: Alice Fahey
By Brigitte Hafner, Epicure, The Age, Tuesday September 11, 2007.

Ingredients

Cake
6 egg whites
1 1/2 cups castor sugar
50g vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp white vinegar
200g hazelnuts, ground (freshly ground, preferably)
1 tbsp espresso
2 tbsp cornflour

Ganache
120ml cream
160g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped

To finish
2 cups cream
1 tbsp castor sugar
2 punnets strawberries
icing sugar for dusting

Method

Cake:
Pre-heat oven to 160C. Whip egg whites till firm, gradually add sugars, then vinegar and whip until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in ground hazelnuts, coffee and cornflour and spoon into a fully lined 27-28cm springform tin. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Cool. The gateau can be made the day before and stored in an airtight container.

For the ganache:
Gently heat the cream until almost simmering, add the chocolate and remove from heat. Leave to sit for a few minutes then stir until combined. Pour over gateau and allow to set.

To assemble:
Whip cream with sugar, spoon onto the gateau, top with berries and serve dusted with icing sugar.

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