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Tea-time recipes: Nutella Squares, Swedish Chocolate Toscatarta

August 31, 2017 14:47 IST

Food blogger Vishaka Rautela shares recipes to spice up your chai time.

Why head to a restaurant when you can dish up delicious tea-time cakes at home?

Try these recipes that your kids will surely love :)

Eggless Swedish Chocolate Toscatarta

Eggless Swedish Chocolate Toscatarta

Recipe by Anuja Sule from Simple Baking's Happy Bakes

Ingredients:

  • 195 gm all purpose flour
  • 200 gm caster sugar
  • 25 gm cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 75 gm butter, melted
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
For the topping:
  • 50 gm butter
  • 100 gm almond flakes
  • 50 gm caster sugar
  • 2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp Amul cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 175°C. Butter and line with parchment paper, an 8-inch round cake tin.
  • In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Add the melted butter, water, lemon juice/vinegar and vanilla extract. With a fork or whisk, mix all the ingredients together until well-blended.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for around 20-25 minutes. Insert a skewer into the centre. If the cake comes out moist but not totally clean, it will still need another 10 minutes of cooking. Increase the heat to 200°C.
  • Just before the 25 minutes are up, make the topping. Place the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When it has melted, add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil, allowing the mixture to bubble away for one minute.
  • After the cake has been cooking for 25-30 minutes, remove it from the oven, and spoon the almond mixture evenly over the top.
  • Place it back in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the topping is golden.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove from tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutella Squares 

Nutella Squares

Recipe by pastry chef Pooja Dhingra

Vishaka writes, "I had bought Pooja Dhingra's The Big Book of Treats a while back, but had never attempted to bake anything from it.

"Recently I got to taste her renowned sea salt macaroons and cupcakes, they sure lived up to their reputation.

"So I picked up her book, drooled over each post, and finally zeroed in on the Nutella squares."

Nutella Sqaures

Ingredients:

  • 75 gm dark chocolate
  • 125 gm butter
  • 50 gm brown sugar
  • 100 gm all purpose flour
  • 75 gm oats
  • 400 gm Nutella
  • 100 gm chopped roasted hazelnuts

Method:

  • Melt chopped chocolate and butter in a double boiler.
  • Add brown sugar and whisk till it mixes together perfectly.
  • Fold in the flour with a spatula. Throw in the oats and mix.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a tin with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. Once cool, apply a generous coat of Nutella on top. You can then garnish with chopped roasted hazelnuts.

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 All photographs: Kind courtesy Vishaka Rautela

Vishaka Rautela