The Walnut, a Precious Ally for Health

According to nutritionists, a handful of nuts can recharge the batteries each morning.

The French consume an average of one nut a week. Too little for a fruit that has offered for thousands of years of multiple benefits.

Essential fatty acids, magnesium, fibrevitamins … The list of nutritional benefits of the nut is long. A handful of these nuts can recharge the batteries each morning. This is also the dose recommended by nutritionists. Beyond that, the high-calorie content of the nuts would have a counterproductive effect.

French wealth lost and then found

More than eight million years. This is the age of a nut exhumed from the Ardèche lands during archaeological excavations. This discovery would attest to the consumption of fruit by the Cro-Magnon man in this region.

After an eclipse of several centuries, the walnut would have been reintroduced in France since the Balkans. Today the most produced in Europe, the French walnut has two Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for its Grenoble and Perigord productions.

Walnut cake, praline chocolate coulis
Walnut cake, praline chocolate coulis (© Philippe Dufour / Interfel)

Our recipe idea: walnut cake, praline chocolate coulis

For 4 people :

  • 100 g chopped nuts,
  • 180 g flour,
  • 120 g softened butter + 10 g for the mold,
  • 140 g of sugar,
  • 100 g of almond powder,
  • 3 eggs,
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon,
  • 1 pinch of salt,
  • 120 g of dark chocolate pastry
  • and 40 g of praline.

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. In a bowl, combine the flour, almond powder and nuts. In a second bowl, whisk together the softened butter and sugar. Separate the whites from the yolks. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt. Stir the egg yolks into the butter-sugar mixture. Add the contents of the first bowl. Mix well and add the beaten egg whites to the mixture. Butter a baking tin before pouring the mixture into it. Bake for 35 minutes at 180 ° C.

Break the chocolate into pieces in a bowl. Heat in the microwave oven for 1 minute. Stir and heat again for 1 minute. Stir again to smooth the chocolate then add the praline. Mix well. Serve the cake with the coulis.

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