Portuguese Walnut Cake with Port Wine Icing

A traditional rich walnut cake from Northern Portugal, enhanced with delicious Port Wine Icing.


1 stick butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons milk

6 tablelspoons Port wine (ruby, tawny or white), divided

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

6 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened

Walnuts for garnish

      The Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 10" glass pie plate and dust with flour.

In a food processor, cream together butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, milk and 2 tablespoons Port wine.  In a medium bowl, mix together chopped walnuts, flour and baking powder.  Blend in butter mixture without overbeating.  Spoon into pie plate and bake 20 - 25 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, blend together 1 1/2 tablespoons softened butter with powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons Port wine.  Set aside.

Immediately after cake comes out of the oven, brush about 2 tablespoons of Port wine over the top so it can soak into the cake.  Allow to cool slightly, and spread icing over the top.  Let cool to room temperature for icing to set.  Serves 6.



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