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Catholic Recipe: Gateau Aux Noix Le Saint-André (St. Andrew's Walnut Cake)


  • 3/4 cup (150 g) walnut pieces
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. rum
  • pinch of salt Optional
  • chocolate sauce
  • whipped cream
  • liqueur
  • whole walnuts
  • chocolate


Serves: 6 to 8

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: • • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: France


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Also Called: Gateau Aux Noix Le Saint-Andre

Here is a walnut cake that has been named after St. Andrew. There are many versions of this famous cake, including one by Julia Child. This one was found on the Internet.


Some care must be taken that the nuts used for this cake are fresh and not rancid, otherwise the cake will have an off flavor. In an electric blender grind the nuts until they are almost like sand. Put in a bowl and mix with half the sugar. Blend well. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Grease and flour a 10-inch (25 cm) round cake pan and set aside.

Make sure butter is at room temperature and soft. With an electric beater blend together the butter and remaining sugar until light and soft peaks form. Add the nut and sugar mixture, stir until well mixed. Add eggs 1 at a time while beating until mixture is quite smooth. Finally add the sifted flour, rum and the salt. Blend until evenly distributed.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from the pan.

This cake may be eaten as is or served with chocolate sauce and decorated with whipped cream that has been flavored with a liqueur. Decorate with walnuts and shaved chocolate or chocolate chips.

Recipe Source: Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf, Ignatius Press, 2001