Nutty creams…

by Sunita on June 19, 2007

Oh for the good old school trip! So much of fun and excitement involved…usually from days in advance. I can still remember the first school picnic when I was in the nursery class. Well, we didn’t go anywhere fancy, just to the top of a hill. Actually, our school(Holy Child School, Guwahati) was a massive structure which, in itself was built on a hill. We had three huge playgrounds, each at different heights. The classes from nursery to the fourth standard was on the lowest level, that from the fifth to the tenth was on the second and the third was one huge stretch without any buildings. To reach the topmost playground involved a certain amount of climbing…no, not with ropes dangling down, of course, but through steps…there must have been literally more than 200s of them…I remember counting when I was there…after spending twelve years in that institution, that had become second nature… In fact, there were so many of them that this new oversize teacher slimmed down to a considerable extent after a few months of rigorous stair climbing!!!

Going back to the picnic on top of the hill, well, we were actually taken to the topmost playground in the school…of course, at that age, that distance seemed quite a lot…and an achievement of sorts, for that playground was somewhat like that distant object which was beyond reach…

Of course, as the years flew by, the trips no longer involved trekking to the topmost play ground of our school. We now had our school buses transporting us to scenic locations for an exciting day out. What I liked the most was that even the strictest of teachers let their hair down and we had a whale of a time. The entire journey would involve lots of singing or rather shouting, much to the chagrin of the driver(who was one of those people for whom the glass was always half empty,and a smile was a rarity), mindless chatter(what more do you expect from a bunch of excited school girls!!) , and of course trying to stand erect as the bus took turns…no, we did not have strict rules for everyone to be seated and tied down with a seat belt…in fact we quite enjoyed crashing down with laughter whenever the brakes were pressed all of a sudden.

After reaching the ’spot’, we hardly noticed how the time flew by and we had to return, of course, a bit grudgingly, eagerly awaiting for the same, next year, wondering at the same time where we will be when that happens.

By now, you must be wondering why of all things, school trips are in the limelight. Well, Rengoni went on one yesterday. For the last few days, that was all she could talk off…all the things that they were going to do… They were taken to a nearby farm where they were involved in quite a few activities and seemed to have really enjoyed it. Their class had been really looking forward to it for sometime and I was a bit sad when I saw the heavens all gloomy in the morning. But it did clear up later and they loved it …of course, even rain would not have been able to dampen the spirit of those youngsters…they were quite a sight in their school playground in the morning as all of them were geared up, and with their backpacks and flushing, eager faces, were raring to go. A few years down the line, probably Rengoni will be recounting these trips, looking back on all these fond memories of her childhood.

Coming back to the present, I baked these nutty creams today…well, I didn’t know what else to name them…they had nuts, and I assembled them with cream sandwiched in between…actually, every time I make something, Rengoni looks at me suspiciously and asks me the name and I feel really lost…most of the time , I just conjure up a recipe and have absolutely no idea as to what to call them. This was one such. But whatever the issue of the name may be, they were nice little treats in themselves and we all enjoyed them…after all, what’s in a name!!!

I prepared two different mixtures , then slightly blended them.

This is how I went about making them-

What’s needed-

For the first mixture-

2 eggs
3 handfuls of cashewnuts, coarsely grinded
3/4 C plain flour
1/4 C cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C oil

For the second mixture-

2 eggs
1C plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp honey
1/2 C oil
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

To serve(purely optional)-

7-8 tblsp of cream
sugar(as per taste)

How to-

Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cel. and prepare the batter.

The first mixture-

Beat together the eggs, honey and oil.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add the nuts and blend in. Keep the mixture aside.

The second mixture-

Beat together the eggs, honey and oil.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add the vanilla and blend in.

Add the first mixture into the second and roughly blend in.

Pour into a greased baking dish and bake in the pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow it to cool. It will be like a cake…well, you can have it now as well. If you want to proceed, continue reading.

Increase the temperature of the oven to 200 deg cel. and pre heat.

Cut the cake into thin squares. Spread on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the preheated oven for half an hour ,turning them over in between, till they are crisp and hard to touch without the soft cakey feel. Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
They felt nice and crisp with a bitter-sweet taste and will go well with a cuppa. If you want to enrich them, as I did, read on…

Beat together the sugar and cream till light and fluffy, taking care not to overdo it as it will curdle the cream.

Slap a little cream on one of the biscuits and top with another. This stage is best done just before serving.

There…cake or biscuit, cream or no cream, they taste delightful. The steps may seem lengthy, but it is actually not…the preparation can be done under fifteen minutes! The kids couldn’t wait to have their hands on them and did manage to down a few at a go…(the creamy ones, of course). As for Dinesh and me, we loved them both ways.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sharmi June 20, 2007 at 12:07 am

thats nutty pretty!! very lovely combinations and beautiful presentation.

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2 Suganya June 20, 2007 at 1:13 am

Tht sounds great. I wonder how powdered almond in one of the mixture taste like?

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3 Roopa June 20, 2007 at 1:57 am

looks delicious with nuts and coco i love the combo…

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4 Coffee June 20, 2007 at 2:46 am

Thats awesome sinful indulging :)
And what a nostalgic post. :) Its my first time here and I think I am going to come back for more. :)

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5 Anjali June 20, 2007 at 4:10 am

This is really different! Looks amazing. I’m sure they must taste awsome.

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6 WokandSpoon June 20, 2007 at 8:44 am

That looks like one delicious brownie sandwich! I’m getting a sugar rush just from your photos
;-) !

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7 sunita June 20, 2007 at 8:55 am

Sharmi, thanks…nice to have you over…

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8 sunita June 20, 2007 at 8:56 am

Suganya,any nut in the mixture will taste great…we are a family of cashew lovers and so I tend to add them whenever any recipe calls for nuts…

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9 sunita June 20, 2007 at 8:58 am

Roopa, thanks…they did turn out quite well…

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10 sunita June 20, 2007 at 8:59 am

Coffee,thanks and welcome to my world…you can come back any time…the doors are open…

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11 sunita June 20, 2007 at 9:01 am

Anjali, thanks…they tasted good actually…now,now, where’s the humility…

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12 sunita June 20, 2007 at 9:03 am

wokandspoon,I hope the sugar hasn’t rushed too much :) …nice to have you over…

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13 Sia June 20, 2007 at 9:10 am

oh yes! picnic days… i remember getting up many times at night and waking my parents to ask what time it is? ;) good to know ur little one had gr8 day:)
liked both the recipes u used suni. i just have baked some strawberry scones. so no baking for few more days:)

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14 sunita June 20, 2007 at 9:33 am

Sia,I know what you mean…as for baking, I , for one, can do it every day…

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15 Asha June 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

YUMMY!! Cashews and Cocoa are a great combination.Very nice.Good one Sunita:))

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16 Sandeepa June 20, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Weeren’t those school trips lovely ? Your school reminds me of mine which had pretty many steps as it was on a hill too

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17 Sukanya Ramkumar June 20, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Looks delish….Love it….Nice combo..

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18 sunita June 20, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Aaha, thanks…so nice to have you over…

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19 sunita June 20, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Sandeepa, yes, those were the days…glad to know even our schools are similar as well…

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20 sunita June 20, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Sukanya, thanks…glad you came over…

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21 Cynthia June 20, 2007 at 1:44 pm

I agree, what’s in a name when there is nutty-creamy deliciousness to be had.

Such wonderful school memories. Thanks for sharing.

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22 sunita June 20, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Cynthia, thanks and you’re most welcome to share my world…

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23 Richa June 20, 2007 at 6:00 pm

200 steps!! wow, we need that kind of workouts now heh!heh! but it’s so true, as kids the energy level knows no bounds!
cake looks YUM, will take the one without cream, or maybe with cream & then climb 200 steps, what say??

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24 sunita June 20, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Richa, actually there were many more than that…but yes, as kids, we hardly felt anything…no huffing and puffing then…

btw, the recipe featured were more like biscuits and does taste great even on their own…however your other option doesn’t sound too bad…go for them any way you want…

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25 Sig June 22, 2007 at 5:50 am

Sunita, nutty cream looks yummy… Your trip down the memory lane was a fun ride… simple pleasures of life… now you can relive all of those through your daughter… :)

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26 sunita June 22, 2007 at 9:09 am

Sig,thanks…and yes, I am reliving all those glorious and carefree days…

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27 DEEPA June 22, 2007 at 4:24 pm

oh my god …..i missed many things …this looks awesome …and your cookies also look great …..nice pic …must have tasted great

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28 sunita June 22, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Deepa, thanks…better late than never…glad you made it this time…

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