I really look forward to the challenge that Bee and Jai put us up to every month with their Click event….it really challenges your braincells to the limit. To click an ordinary ingredient and make it look extraordinary , does require a lot of thinking.
This month, the theme was ‘Nuts’.There were quite a lot of walnuts lying around, and as we all adore this nut, I thought of working with them. Inspite of rummaging for the switch so that my brain’s light bulb would flash, I failed to locate it and so, just huddled the nuts together and took this shot…
…not too bad, I thought, ( mind you, ‘ not too bad’ is a very tricky thing to say!!), but it did not make me feel jubilant , as one feels on a job well done. Well, at least I tried
Later on, that same day, to fulfill the demands for a chocolate craving by all of us, I decided to make use of the same nuts as the main ingredient and decided to make some little cakes. As I was looking around for cases to fill them in, my eyes fell upon the cracked walnut shells…some of them had cracked beautifully into halves… and this was the moment when things began to brighten up a little. One thing led to the other and I knew exactly how I wanted to proceed, resulting in the following mini walnut and chocolate treats, (baked in the halved walnut shells). Once again, I clicked, this time with much more enthusiasm, and this was the outcome…
…and this time round, I am happy enough to send it over as my entry for the event which has ‘ nut’… as the main ingredient.
As for the recipe, read on…
1 C of walnuts, coarsely ground
2 tblsp of plain flour
1 tbls of cocoa powder
1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 and 1/2 tblsp of oil, and a little extra to grease the shells
2 and 1/2 tblsp of sugar
a few walnut halves
25 -27 halved walnut shells, the insides cleaned
a little melted chocolate for drizzling
- Pre heat the oven at 160 deg cel and grease the insides of the walnut shells.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together.
- In another bowl, place the ground nuts, and sieve the flour, baking and cocoa powders over it. Mix well.
- Pour the egg mixture into the nut mixture and mix well.
- Add the oil and mix well.
- Fill the halved and greased walnut shells to the brim with the above mixture and arrange them in a muffin tray.
- Place a walnut half over each, and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for 10-12 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack and drizzle a little melted chocolate over each.
- Serve either warm or cold. Cool completely if storing for later use.
We loved them! These are very easy to make, doesn’t need much time and look dainty in their walnut shells. They can also be easily taken out of their shells( update: run a spoon handle rou nd the sides of the cakes or give them a slight jiggle,and they will release themselves beautifully from the shells) or to make them more eye catching, can be served as they are. As for the taste, it’s full of walnutty goodness with the slight hint of chocolate. Great for after dinner treats . All of us really enjoyed these little things and I’m definitely going to make them again. But, nevertheless, all credit goes to those two great folks over at Jugalbandi, who really made me think more then I would have done