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Sesame and Hazelnut Slices

Serve these extravagant honey slices with their nut and seed topping for special occasion tea parties.

ingredients

115 g (8 tbls) 1/4 lb butter
1/2 cup (125 g) 1/4 lb plus 45 ml (3 tbls) clear honey
1 cup (125 g) 1/4 lb wholemeal (whole grain) flour
1 level tsp (5 ml) baking powder
1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
45 ml (3 tbls) chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts)
30 ml (2 tbls) sesame seeds
butter for greasing tin 20cm x 28 cm (8 x 11 in) and 3cm (1 in) deep

method

1. Heat the oven to gas mark 4 (180°C) 350°F.

2. Beat the butter to a cream and beat in the 125 g (1/4 lb) or 3/8 cup honey.

3. Mix the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon and beat it into the butter, alternately with the eggs.

4. Thickly butter the tin (pan) and pour the 45 ml (3 tbls) honey evenly into the bottom.

5. Scatter in the hazelnuts and sesame seeds.

6. Put in the cake mixture and smooth the top.

7. Bake the cake for 25 minutes.

8. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool.

9. Cut it into slices and carefully lift them out with a spatula.

10. Put them on a plate, nutty side up.

11. Cooking time: 45 minutes, plus extra for cooling

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