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Hazelnut and Bourbon Torte

Hazelnut and Bourbon Torte

Hazelnut and Bourbon Torte


Call it Fruitcake 2.0. Chef Gordon’s recipe is exactly what all fruitcakes should aspire to be. This gorgeous, caramel lacquered torte gets all its chutzpah from the Maker’s Mark® Bourbon in both the cake and the glaze. And it eats just as good in the summer as it would during the holidays.

Servings: 12–16
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  • 2 cups hazelnuts, skinned* and toasted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 5/6 cup Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 1-1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted and diced 1/2"
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup hazelnut paste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups roasted hazelnuts, skinned and halved
  • 1 recipe bourbon caramel glaze (recipe below)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • 1-1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses


  1. For Hazelnut paste, mix hazelnuts, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until the hazelnuts break down first into a granular flour texture, then a paste, like a chunky peanut butter.
  3. Stream cold water in and continue to process until the paste forms a ball.
  4. *Note: If you cannot find skinned hazelnuts, toast hazelnuts on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 10–12 minutes. Transfer the hot hazelnuts to a large bowl lined with a towel. Gather the corners of the towel and rub the hazelnuts together vigorously inside the towel. Most of the skins should come off.
  5. For Hazelnut Torte, preheat oven to 300°F.
  6. Mix diced dates, raisins and 1/2 cup Maker’s Mark® Bourbon.
  7. Set aside in a small bowl.
  8. Sift all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt and set aside.
  9. Using a paddle attachment on a standing mixer, beat brown sugar and butter until creamed.
  10. Add the nut paste and beat until incorporated.
  11. Beat the eggs in one at a time.
  12. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla paste.
  13. Add in the dry ingredients.
  14. Stir until well combined.
  15. Drain the dried fruit from the Maker’s Mark®, reserving the extra Maker’s.
  16. Add the marinated fruit to the batter and then fold in the hazelnuts.
  17. Spread batter into a greased 9" circle baking pan.
  18. Bake for 60 minutes.
  19. Remove cake from oven when a testing stick comes out clean.
  20. Let cake cool completely and remove from pan.
  21. Pour extra bourbon over the cake.
  22. Glaze the cake with the Bourbon Caramel Glaze.
  23. For Bourbon Caramel Glaze, melt the brown sugar and butter over a medium low heat in a small sauce pan.
  24. Stir vigorously to create a smooth texture.
  25. Stream the whipped cream into the brown sugar blend, using a whisk to incorporate the cream.
  26. Whisk in the powdered sugar.
  27. This may take a bit of work.
  28. Continue stirring until sugar has completely dissolved.
  29. Add 1/3 cup Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla paste and molasses.
  30. Remove from heat and let cool.
  31. When the glaze reads 100° F, pour over the cake.
  32. Refrigerate to set.


Tags: Recipes, Desserts, Hazelnuts, Sugar, Salt, Water, Dates, Raisins, Brown Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Hazelnut Paste, Eggs, Vanilla Paste, Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Butter, Heavy Cream, Powdered Sugar, Molasses, Hungry