Recipe: Nussecken (German Nut Slice)
As we count down the weeks until Christmas, the UnserHaus team are sharing their Christmas family food traditions. Here’s Alex’s recipe for Nussecken.
A classic German slice with nuts and chocolate. With a shortbread crust, caramelised nuts and a dipped chocolate corner, Nussecken is the perfect holiday treat.
Serves: 6-8 slices
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ready In: 1hr to prepare and 20 mins to cook
Appliance/Cookware Used: Cake mixer, rolling pin
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
150g butter (room temperature)
2 tbsp honey
400g nuts, coarsely ground nuts (almonds or hazelnuts, or a combination)
2-3 tbsp apricot jam
200g dark chocolate
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
- Begin with your base by sifting the flour and baking powder. Transfer this into your cake maker along with all other base ingredients and mix on a moderate speed until it has the consistency of bread crumbs. For best results we recommend you use a dough hook. If it hasn’t completely come together, knead by hand to form a dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. While the dough is chilling, make your topping.
- Using a small pot on a moderate high heat combine the butter, sugar, honey and 4 tablespoon water until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and mix in the ground nuts. Set aside until your dough is ready.
- Turn your oven onto CircoTherm or Fan bake at 180°C
- Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out so it has a thickness of 1cm. You want to try to shape the dough so that it forms a square or rectangle.
- Remove the top sheet of baking paper and prick the dough base gently all over.
- In a small saucepan heat your jam so that it is warm and easy to spread. Use a knife to gently spread it evenly over the dough.
- Add the nut mixture on top of the jam. Make sure the surface is smooth and it is as even as possible.
- Place the slice into the middle of your preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes so it has a dark golden colour, then set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes and while the slice is still warm, trim it so it has straight edges. Cut into 6-8 evenly shaped triangles. Each piece should be approximately 6-8cm long. Allow to cool completely.
- To finish the slice, gently heat your chocolate and oil/butter in a saucepan at a very low heat so that they are completely melted (you can melt in a microwave if you prefer).
- Once melted, mix so it is well combined then dip each corner of the triangle into the chocolate and set aside to harden and then serve.