Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots


Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots


Armenian meringue walnut cake with an interesting name : Mesrop Mashtots ( ՄԵՍՐՈՊ ՄԱՇՏՈՑ) . He was the creator of Armenian alphabet . And I can’t really tell why they named the cake after him, but that’s how all and most Armenian cake recipes are : they all have a specific name, could be the name of a city, country, famous person, etc.

This meringue walnut cake is uniquely delicious. It’s got two thick layers of walnut packed soft biscuits, a thick layer of crispy meringue in between, and what gives the cake that unique taste, is the rich coffee flavored buttercream. The cake is usually decorated with a good amount of flower or star shaped meringues. I decided to add a simple detail as decor, and made a few chocolate letters from Armenian alphabet, to emphasize the cake’s name.

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Hope you guys try this recipe and enjoy!

Happy baking!

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Ingredients 

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

For biscuit layers

6 egg yolks , at room temperature

½ cup sugar

1 stick unsalted butter (113 grams), soft

1 cup sour cream, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 ½ cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

For the meringue layer

4 egg whites at room temperature

1 cup sugar

¼ tsp cream of tartar or a pinch of salt

½ tsp vanilla extract

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

For coffee cream

2 sticks soft unsalted butter (226 grams)

1 egg

1 cup milk

¾ cup sugar

2 tbs flour

1 tbs cornstarch

2 ½ tbs instant coffee

½ tsp vanilla extract



Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Directions for Walnut Cake

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Start by making the meringue as it takes time to bake

To make the meringue

Be sure to clean the mixing bowl  and whisk attachment very well,I use a tablespoon of vinegar and paper towel to wipe

Whisk  the egg whites until foamy

Add cream of tartar , or salt and start adding the sugar 1 tbs at a time

Scrape the bowl after last addition of sugar

Add vanilla extract

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Pipe a few stars or flower shaped meringues to decorate the cake

Optionally sprinkle with instant coffee granules

The rest of meringue divide in two equal portions

Prepare lined baking pans and spread the meringue about 8” diam circle shapes

Bake at 220°F about 1 ½ hours

Turn off the oven, slightly open the door and allow to cool down inside the oven another hour

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

To make the biscuit layers

Preheat oven to 350°F/ 180°C degrees

In a bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder,soda and salt, mix set aside

Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy

Lower the speed, beat in the yolks , 1-2 at a time

Add sour cream

Mix in the dry ingredients in 2-3 additions, scrape after each addition

Divide the dough in 2 portions

Bake in 9” lined baking pan , 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

To make the cream

In a heavy bottom saucepan start simmering the milk, do not boil

In a bowl whisk together egg and sugar, add the flour, starch and coffee continue mixing

Add a few tablespoons of hot milk to egg mixture and mix, add a it more and continue stirring

Finally pour all the milk into the bowl and stir

Transfer the mixture back to saucepan, and cook over medium heat until it thickens



Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Remember to stir continuously

Allow to cool down to room temperature

Beat the butter until fluffy, add in the coffee custard mixture one tablespoon at a time

Add vanilla extract

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Assembling the cake

Place a layer of biscuit on your cake plate and spread with cream to cover it evenly

Layers of meringue will go next, be sure to stick them together with a little bit of cream

Again spread with remaining of cream and add the last layer

Frost the entire cake with cream, including the sides

Decorate to your taste with meringues or refer to YouTube video for more options

Allow the cake to set in the fridge 1-2 hours and enjoy!

Meringue Walnut Cake Mesrop Mashtots

Posted in Armenian Cuisine, Cakes.

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