Hazelnut sandwich

This recipe is supposed to have Romanian origins.

I've tweaked it a bit, substituting hazelnuts for the original walnuts, and making it a coffee cake, as I love the combination of hazelnuts and coffee. It's the filling that makes this different from the usual Victoria sandwich.

175g butter
175g caster sugar
175g sr flour
1 tspn vanilla essence
3 eggs
2 tbspns coffee essence [I used Camp] or you could use instant coffee dissolved in hot water


100g ground hazelnuts
1 tbspn milk
1 tbspn rum
25g sugar

icing sugar for the top

Preheat oven 180C/350F/gas 4
Grease and line 2 x 20cm sandwich tins

Cream together the butter and sugar, add the eggs and vanilla essence and fold in the flour.
Divide the mixture between the 2 tins.
Bake for 20-25 mins till golden.
Leave to cool in the tins for about 5 mins then put the cakes onto a wire rack.

Filling - you can grind whole hazelnuts finely in a coffee grinder or, as I did, buy them ready ground.
 Mix all the filling ingredients together and use it to sandwich the 2 cakes together. Sift some icing sugar over the top.


Lovely. I just love cakes with hazelnuts - I think they must be addictive in some way. Grinding your own hazelnuts is a bit of a pain so buying ground hazelnuts is sensible but they can be really hard to find.
Snowy said…
Phil, I bought mine in Lidl in France. Must look to see if they do them here.

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