Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chocolate Nut Triangles

Recipe No: 178
When I posted the recipe for Fried Chocolate Wontons, I mentioned my family’s love for the Chocolate – Hazelnut spread, Nutella. This is another recipe that I use to satisfy their Nutella cravings. The toasted Cashew nut is a wonderful addition and it makes a whole lot of difference in this dish.
Ingredients                                     Makes 8 pieces
  • All Purpose Flour/ Maida…..2/3 Cup
  • Cocoa Powder…………………..1/4 Cup
  • Baking Powder………………...1/2 Teaspoon
  • Salt………………………………...a pinch
  • Instant Coffee Powder……...1/4 Teaspoon
  • Butter………………………….….6 Tablespoons
  • Vegetable Oil.......................2 Tablespoons
  • Light Brown Sugar……..…..1/2 cup packed (means Press hard into the cup while measuring)
  • Vanilla Essence……………..…1/2 Teaspoon
  • Eggs………………………………..2
  • Nutella………………………..…..1/3 Cup
  • Cashew Nuts………………..….3 Tablespoons (Toasted and chopped)
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F/ 180˚C.
  2. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and grease it.
  3. Sift together Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Salt and Instant Coffee Powder; keep aside till ready to be used.
  4. Beat Butter, Vegetable Oil, Brown Sugar and Vanilla Essence until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in Eggs one at a time combining well after each addition.
  6. Add the Flour mixture and mix in gently.
  7. Pour it into the prepared pan and as we want to avoid the hump in the middle of the Cake, push the batter slightly towards the edges.
  8. Place it in the middle of the oven for 17-20 minutes or till a toothpick  inserted in the middle of the Cake comes out clean.
  9. Take the Cake out of the pan and let it cool down completely. If you turn the Cake over to take it out of the pan, quickly turn it back so that the top of the Cake face upwards.
  10. Once cooled, cut the crusty edges off and spread the Nutella on top evenly.
  11. Quarter the Cake and cut each piece into two triangles and spread the Nuts on top evenly.
  12. Serve them at room temperature with a cup of Tea.
Notes:
  • Don't over bake the Cake.
  • Let the Cake cool completely before spreading Nutella or it will melt and make a mess.
  •  If you are able to get Hazelnuts, please use that instead of Cashew nuts.
 






Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

2 comments:

Priti said...

Looks so yum..just to grab

Kitchen Boffin said...

oops! irresistible..

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