Recipe Story: Walnut Cookie Sandwich & Walnut Tart
Walnut Cookie sandwich & Walnut Tart recipe by Celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra & Aruna Vijay
Walnut Cookie Sandwich (By Chef Ajay Chopra)
192 grams Refined Flour
1 tbsp ground Espresso Coffee
100 grams of Chilean Walnuts
75 – 100 grams dry Figs (finely chopped)
130 grams unsalted Butter
150 gms Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
For Chocolate Ganache:
120 grams Cream
130 grams Dark chocolate
In a bowl, add unsalted butter and sugar. Whisk it until the sugar melts.
Next, add espresso coffee and vanilla essence, then mix them.
Add chopped dried figs and chopped walnuts, folding them into the mixture.
Now, incorporate refined flour and mix it using the cut and fold method.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Line a baking tray with butter paper.
Scoop out portions of the dough, each weighing 30-40 grams, and shape them into thick cookies.
Place the cookies on the baking tray and bake them for 10-12 minutes.
While the cookies are baking, melt chocolate using a double boiler, and then add cream to it to create the chocolate ganache.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, pipe the chocolate ganache in between them.
Your Walnut & Fig Cookie Sandwiches are ready to be enjoyed.
Walnut Tart (BY Chef Aruna Vijay)
Chilean walnuts – 1 cup
Deseeded dates – 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
Pinch of salt
Grind all the ingredients to form a coarse texture.
Set this in a greased tart mould and chill for an hour
Hung curd – 2 cups
Orange zest – 2 tbsp
Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup
Orange juice – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Mix all the ingredients well to form a smooth consistency.
To assemble –
1. In the chilled tart, spread the shrikhand and let this set for couple of hours or overnight.
2. Garnish with some orange segments and Saffron & walnuts.
About Chef Aruna Vijay
Aruna Vijay, who is known for her delicious delicacies rose to fame with her participation in India’s culinary reality show ‘MasterChef’ 7. Her journey has been a roller coaster on the show, being one of the strongest contestants, she has faced severe trolling on social media by the fans of the other contestants. But unbothered and invincible Aruna has always been in bring it-on mode and that made her audience favourite.