No Bake Cherry Nutella Chocolate Tart

Cherry Nutella Chocolate Tart

Cherry Nutella Chocolate Tart

The web’s inundated with such recipes. Recipes of luscious no bake cakes and pies. But just a deluge of formulas is never enough to do certain things. I could have made this oh-so-simple sweet something long long back.. but I didn’t. What was I waiting for? Christmas you would say, but a decadent strawberry cake took its rightful place and again this particular recipe took a backseat.

One for the season

One for the season

Inspiration. Yes, that’s what I needed. And Inspiration comes to us slowly and quietly… prime it with a little solitude
Being all alone(and the fact that a box full of cherries is lying uneaten)has its impacts. Yes, you end up making a cheery cherry chocolate pie. And if the inspiration bit is kicking your butt, then you end up adding nutella to it 😉

tart sweet and juicy

tart sweet and juicy

Those cherries had not takers. The precious little eyes which gleamed when a box full was spotted turned blind at the mere mention. The tongue was more than appeased with the little stone fruits. They had been gorging on them for over a month now. So, the scorned neglected but juicy red fruit sat all alone waiting to be acknowledged. I grabbed them before they withered and sulked.

Serves One :)

Serves One 🙂

The Recipe: To make a small tart or 4 small one-serve cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of digestive biscuits or any cream biscuits. I used Bourbon
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup low fat cream, I used Amul’s
  • 50 gms dark cooking chocolate, cut into big pieces
  • 2 tbsp nutella
  • 2 tsp cornflour

Method

Crush the biscuits in a ziplock pouch using a rolling pin. Remove the crushed mix into a large bowl. Drop a tablespoon of melted butter. Using your fingers, mix and mash around till it resembles a fine crumb.
Grease the container in which you want to set the dessert. Press the biscuit butter crumb as tightly and neatly as you can. Refrigerate for about an hour or so.
Meanwhile, save a bit of cream and mix with cornflour. Keep aside. The remaining cream, nutella and chocolate goes into a pan. Heat till it melts, stir all the while.
Pour the cream and cornflour mix into it. Keep stirring till the sauce thickens to a batter like texture. Cool for about 30 minutes or so.

Now, remove the biscuit base, dot with pitted and halved cherries. Pour the cooled chocolate-nutella-cream mix. Chill for at least 3/4 hours or until set.

Serve with more cherries or stewed cherries like I did.

The biscuit base lends a delicious crunch!

The biscuit base lends a delicious crunch!

Recipe for Stewed Cherries:

Boil 1 cup of pitted and halved cherries, along with 2 tbsp sugar, juice of 1/2 a lime and 1 cup water. Simmer till the cherries have wilted into a mushy consistency. Keep adding water all along if they stick to the base or incase they tend to burn. Cool and use as required.

A peek inside

A peek inside

Note: The original recipe has a baked base, I opted for a no bake one. To follow the original, click here.

Note: This recipe will go great with peaches, strawberries, blueberries or even mango.

Note: You can use standard white chocolate instead of the dark one.

Note: Serving options include whipped cream or even vanilla ice-cream. Yumm!

Simple, easy delicious dessert

Simple, easy delicious dessert

I am taking dessert this time over at Angie’s Friday Fiesta #24. Do peek over to see some awesome collection of mouth-watering recipes and writing.

Dark Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Dark Double chocolate walnut brownie served with warm milk

Dark Double chocolate walnut brownie served with warm milk

I like to cook, but it doesn’t mean I eat all that I have experimented in the kitchen. So, I tend to distribute all the goodies among family, friends and neighbors.
But we are Indians. We are taught not to take stuff, and if we do, we have to reciprocate in a similar manner. As products of this culturally strong country it is imbibed in us to return favors, especially food favors.

Decadent and dense

Decadent and dense

Now what happens is, all those boxes that I send over, comes back loaded with more food.. glorious food! You can imagine my plight. My umpteen refusals and explanations falls on deaf ears. They willingly accept and smilingly give back more. Sigh!

Whipped up a brown storm

Whipped up a brown storm

Now, a very exciting recipe was on the card, a dark double chocolate walnut brownie! While I sieved/mixed/baked, I thought of all the smiles I was going to bring on little expectant faces! But then the thought of the returned boxes haunted my vision. Then is when I went smart.
This time, I carefully packed the treat in disposable containers. Ingenious eh?

Brownies and Milk

Brownies and Milk

Well.. not so much. Favors, you package them in tupperware or in aluminium foil, are favors. They have to be returned come what may. My bad.

dense bite

dense bite

Multiple compliments on the awesomeness of the brownie was combined with what became my lunch and dinner for next couple of days. Just 15 minutes of toil and I was exempt from cooking next few meals. Yea… people are that sweet around me.

Hello Kitty eyes the treat

Hello Kitty eyes the treat

I’ve made brownies before. But I tried a new formula, where coffee and dark chocolate thrown in, take these little eggless brownie to another level altogether. Dense, chewy, gooey, this little joy is best enjoyed in my place with a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce and a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream! DE-LISH!

Dark chocolate and coffee in it!

Dark chocolate and coffee in it!

The original recipe is a triple chocolate one. But I ran short of vanilla chocolate chips and made do with only dark chocolate, coffee and walnuts. So double chocolate it is.

Dark choco chips, walnuts and brownies

Dark choco chips, walnuts and brownies

The Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maida/all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar, I actually used a little bit more than 1/3 cup.
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Baking soda 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 cup Dark chocolate chopped into pieces or dark chocolate chips
  • Instant coffee powder 1 tbsp
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped toasted walnuts
  • Warm Milk 1/3 cup
  • Curd 1/2 cup, whisk it before using
  • melted butter, 1/4 cup. Original calls for oil, but oil makes my cakes smell.. so I tend to avoid oil.
  • Vanilla essence 1/4 tsp
  • YEP, they are eggless too!!

Method

Preheat oven to 150 C. Dissolve the instant coffee powder in 1/3 cup of milk. Stir and set aside.
In a big mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. Mix well. Now, make a well in the center of the dry mixture. Add the coffee, curd, vanilla and butter.
Using a hand whisk, gently mix the ingredients until well combined. Make sure the wet ingredients are incorporated into the dry ingredients. Don’t over mix the batter. Requirement is of dense gooey brownies, not a well risen cake!
Now, pour half of the batter into a parchment paper lined tray and evenly spread it out using a spatula making sure that it covers the whole pan. Gently tap the pan onto the counter. Sprinkle 1/2 of the chocolate chips. Evenly.
Now, add the remaining dark chocolate bits to the remaining batter and pour over. Gently even using a spatula even the surface out. Place the tray into the preheated oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Once done, let it cool completely before you cut them into neat squares! Enjoy warm with a glass of milk.

Note: if you notice the brownies I’ve made, they have risen a little. I mixed the batter a bit more than required. Hence, you make sure to beat the batter just so much as to incorporate the contents properly.

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Note: Its always better to line your tray with parchment paper before pouring the batter in. It’s cleaner, neater and you have no hassle of brownie ends clinging on to the aluminium.

Sinful Indulgence

Sinful Indulgence

Note: Try adding vanilla chocolate chips too to the batter, thus making it a “Triple chocolate Brownie“. Havent tried it, but am sure it would transport me to another realm.

Double Chocolate Wonder

Double Chocolate Wonder

Note: If you’re not a nut fan( 🙂 ), skip the walnuts. I had kids removing the highly nutritious nut and gobbling up the chocolate bit. Milee sulked for a whole 10 minutes when she saw I threw in walnuts, but then later she had more than her share, when I removed the spoilers for her.

Bundle of joy

Bundle of joy

Note: All in all this recipe took 1 hour to make. Just 15 minutes to get the batter ready, 30-35 minutes to bake and after it was out of the oven, we lost track of time..:)

Try stopping with one...

Try stopping with one…

In case you are wondering of my abnegation of chocolates and sweets. Mere mortal me, tried hard. Then gave up the giving up of life’s simple pleasures. I do indulge, but just a wee bit. One tiny amazing dense chocolaty brownie piece is all that I ever need to feel the fullness of Life.