London Bars
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Serves: 4-6
 
Three layered shortbread squares topped with apricot jam and walnuts foam, aka London bars, are heavenly tasty Hungarian pastries.
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 2 cups | 250 g all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup | 120 g sugar
  • 130 g | 1 stick + 1 tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Topping:
  • 4 egg whites
  • ⅔ cup | 150 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups | 200 g ground walnuts
  • 1½ cups apricot jam
Let's get started!
  1. Whisk the egg yolks with the butter and sugar, then sift in the flour. Using your hand or a food processor mix together the flour with the egg mixture, until it turns into a dough. Form a ball and let it rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C | 360°F. Line a medium sized baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Grind the walnuts (I put mine in a food processor, it worked great).
  4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until it turns foamy. Add gradually the sugar and vanilla, beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in the ground walnut carefully.
  5. Roll out the dough and press it into the prepared baking tray.
  6. Spread the apricot jam over the crust, then the walnut foam over the jam.
  7. Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes, until the crust is baked and the top has a golden brown color. If the top starts to burn, reduce the oven temperature.
  8. Let it cool before slicing.
Recipe by My Zucchini Recipes at http://myzucchinirecipes.com/london-bars/