CLICK(ed)…in a nutshell…

by Sunita on December 17, 2007

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…

My entry for ‘Click’

…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…

What’s needed-

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 eggs
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

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 160 deg cel and grease the insides of the walnut shells.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together.
  3. In another bowl, place the ground nuts, and sieve the flour, baking and cocoa powders over it. Mix well.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the nut mixture and mix well.
  5. Add the oil and mix well.
  6. Fill the halved and greased walnut shells to the brim with the above mixture and arrange them in a muffin tray.
  7. 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.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and drizzle a little melted chocolate over each.
  9. 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 :-D

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{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sra December 19, 2007 at 5:30 am

v nice, sunita, the 3rd one, esp.

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2 Rachel December 19, 2007 at 6:24 am

Lovely entry..innovative presentation..guaranteed a win this time too!

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3 sunita December 19, 2007 at 8:50 am

tbc, thanks…I really acted on a whim…glad that you all appreciate it…

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4 sunita December 19, 2007 at 8:52 am

sra, thanks dear…glad you dropped by to have a look :-)

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5 sunita December 19, 2007 at 8:53 am

rachel, thanks for the trust…but then, there are soooo many talented ones out there…I’ve just tried my bit…

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6 Asha December 19, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I am back!!;D

I posted the Nuts too today. Looks great. Enjoying the holidays?

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7 sunita December 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm

asha, thanks…and I’m sooo glad to see you here again…as for the holidays, the kids have started theirs from today and then hubby’s by the weekend…hope you had a great vacation…

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8 Cynthia December 19, 2007 at 11:30 pm

You are a genius!

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9 Shella December 20, 2007 at 5:19 am

That is an awesome entry. Love your imagination & the final product looks gorgeous.

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10 sunita December 20, 2007 at 12:04 pm

cynthia, you’re being too generous…glad you ;like it though :-)

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11 sunita December 20, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Shella, thanks…I was quite pleased with it and the taste was not disappointing either :-)

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12 Arfi Binsted December 20, 2007 at 10:42 pm

Your entry is absolutely gorgeous! The recipe sounds lovely.

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13 sunita December 21, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Arfi,thanks and welcome to my world…glad you like it.

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14 Prettybaker December 21, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Sensational! What an brilliantly inspiring idea! I take my hat off before you!

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15 sunita December 22, 2007 at 2:00 pm

pretty baker, thanks and welcome to my world :-)

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16 Shrihari March 18, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Hats off to u. what an excellent idea. really cool. keep it up.

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