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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Follow Your Passion

  Hello, my dear ones.  What's going on?
Well, I'll tell you what's going on with me.  I've been extremely busy and somewhat stressed out lately. Being the only child can be very stressful, specially when our parents get older and fragile.  As I mentioned in my last post, my mother has been unwell for the last couple of weeks and this situation has added worry and more lines to my already filled agenda.  She is doing better; she is a tough cookie and will recuperate soon.
I don't like to speak about sickness or pain, but this blog is about life, cooking, baking, and happy things, which brings me to today's topic: passion.

The best recipe I can give you is to follow your passion, it is so imperative to do something which you love to do.  Something you can spend time doing without noticing the hours of the clock.  Something which you only do for yourself and makes you feel in your zone.
As you all know, my passion is baking.  Even in my darkest moments, I turn the oven on and it makes me feel better.  I love the chemistry and challenge of baking.  I love to see how the batter turns into a cake; dough turns into a cookie or a flaky pie crust.  One of these days, I know I will burn my nose, because I love to smell my baked goods as they come out of the oven.



                                                                Nutella Cookies



Ingredients:                                               Yield: 2 dozen 3 inch cookies

2 cups flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup Nutella

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped


Directions:

In medium bowl, whisk together first four ingredients.  Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar for five minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add Nutella and vanilla extract, mix  just until combined.  Add flour mixture, mix until combined.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap; place in refrigerator for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.
Scoop about three tablespoons of dough and form into a ball.  Press hazelnuts into each ball and bake for 15 minutes.  Bake six a a time and let cool on baking sheets.

A tall glass of milk is mandatory.

Enjoy

Courtesy of Cuisine at home



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