German Nut Corners – Nußecken
The German Nut Corners belong to the classic and traditional German desserts. They are called Nussecken in Germany.
Ingredients for the German Nut Corners:
For the shortcrust:
- 300 g (10.5 oz) of flour, all-purpose
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 125 g (4.4 oz) of sugar
- 150 g (5.25 oz) of butter, soft
- 1 pouch of vanilla sugar OR 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 egg, XL
- 1 egg yolk, XL
- 200 g (7.05 oz) of butter
- 200 g (7.05 oz) of sugar
- 4-5 tablespoons of whipping cream
- 2 pouches of vanilla sugar OR 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 200 g 7.05 oz) of ground hazelnuts
- 200 g (7.05 oz) of chopped almonds
- 150 g (5.25 oz) of apricot preserves
150 g (5.25 oz) of chocolate, bittersweet baking bar 60% cacao
Preparation of the Shortcrust:
Mix the flour with the baking powder and sift it into a bowl. Add sugar and vanilla sugar, and mix well. Make a hole in the center and add the egg and egg yolk. Cut the butter in small pieces and spread on top. Use the electric hand mixer with the kneading hook and beat until the ingredients are mixed. Continue kneading with your hands. The dough is ready when it is no longer sticky. Wrap the dough in cellophane foil and keep it in the refrigerator for 30 Minutes.
Preparation of the Topping:
Melt the butter in a saucepan and bring it to a boil while constantly stirring. Add 4-5 tablespoons of whipping cream and stir with a whisk. Add sugar and vanilla sugar or vanilla extract to it. Once the sugar is dissolved (3-5 minutes cooking time) add the ground hazelnuts first and then the chopped almonds. Stir with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are well mixed. Take the saucepan off the heat and let the mixture cool down.
Cover a baking sheet (17 x 11 inches) with baking paper. (Add an extra 10 cm 4 inches on the shorter sides so that the paper overlaps the baking sheet. Fold the overlap of the paper, so that it stands up on the sides. It makes it easier to move the cake after baking from the sheet). Form the shortcrust into a roll in the length of the baking sheet and place it onto the covered baking sheet. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin. Pass the apricot preserve through a small sieve and spread it even onto the top of the dough. Spread the caramelized nut mixture on top of the apricot preserve. Gently press the nut mixture onto the dough using the back of an angled spatula.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) and bake the cake on the middle roast for 22-25 minutes. When the cake has finished baking, lift it with the paper on a cooling rack and let it cool down for 20 minutes. Cut the cake in 15 equal squares. Cut the squares in diagonal into triangles.
Preparation of the Icing:
Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie. Dip the two corners of the long side of the triangle into the chocolate and let it dry on a sheet of baking paper or on a cooling roast.
The German Nut Corners used to be a pastry only available at Christmas Time. It has changed and the Nut Corners are offered at German bakeries all year round. To try the Chocolate Dipped Almond Horns click here, the German Hazelnut Macaroon Recipe click here, and the Traditional German Christmas Cookies click here.