by Simon Rimmer

This classic coffee and walnut cake is topped with an easy espresso-infused buttercream icing.

Cakes and baking


Walnuts are high in omega-3 oils which make them a healthy snack, but also likely to go rancid quickly. Keep them in a cool, dark place and use as soon as possible. If the shell is firmly sealed you can store them for a few months. Like all nuts, they do freeze well. Walnuts will keep in the freezer for 12 months if they are sealed in an airtight bag.


Pickled walnuts can be eaten with cold meats and cheeses - they go particularly well with blue cheese.

New-season walnuts are delicious eaten with cheese, especially soft goats’ cheese or cream cheese. Very young walnuts that are still green and in their shells can be salted and pickled to serve with a cheeseboard or with cold meats.