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Easy Layered Nut Squares (Gerbeaud Cake)

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“Three layers of nut filling are sandwiched between four yeast dough layers. Many years ago a very elderly family friend called this a Greta Garbo torte. I like to think of it as an unrolled nut roll that resembles baklava somewhat because of its layers. Whatever it's called, it is delicious.”
1hr 45mins
75 pieces

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare filling first:
  2. Combine grated nuts, sugar, grated lemon rind, lemon juice and vanilla.
  3. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. Mixture should feel damp.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Place honey in squeeze bottle if you have one and if you don't have one just set honey to the side.
  6. Prepare dough:
  7. Sift flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking soda and salt into mixing bowl.
  8. Cut in butter as for pie dough.
  9. Add egg, egg yolks, crumbled yeast and sour cream and blend well.
  10. Knead together well.
  11. Assembly:
  12. Divide dough into four pieces.
  13. Roll between sheets of waxed paper to fit 9"x13"x2" baking pan.
  14. Place in greased pan.
  15. Now squeeze about 2 tablespoons of honey over the dough, as evenly as possible.
  16. Dump 1/3 of the nut mixture onto this and spread over the honey laced dough layer.
  17. Press down lightly with palm so nuts adhere to honey drizzled dough layer.
  18. Repeat with next layer.
  19. After nut mix is placed over third layer place last layer of dough over that.
  20. Put to the side to rest for one hour.
  21. It won't raise much.
  22. Bake in 350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes. Check after 35 minutes.
  23. When cool cut into squares or diamond shapes.

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