I topped this traditional French walnut cake (recipe from a friend in Lyon) with a very American cream cheese frosting - well, Franco-American to be accurate. The idea of sweetened cream cheese in incredibly American, but I made it by mixing fresh French cheese (Petit Suisse) with powdered sugar.
1 1/4 cup very finely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
pinch of salt
In a bowl, mix together chopped and nuts with half of the sugar. In a second, larger bowl, beat together the butter and other half of the sugar. Mix in the nuts and sugar, then the eggs one by one, followed by the salt and flour.
Pour into a 9-inch round pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for about 30 minutes. Cake is done when browned and knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve cooled, with cream cheese frosting if you'd like. (I like.)