This past weekend felt like Spring! Temperatures raised up to 25ºC and it felt great to be outside and sunbath seating in a terrace bar with a beer and some chips. We headed towards the mountains near Barcelona a gorgeous place called Montseny ( a long Gastrotour will come soon about it) and spend the weekend wandering through the woods, climbing up on the hills and enjoying simple and small things like: good company, great views and the sun.
I know I will soon be bothered by the high temperatures here, but now, after a long long Winter it feels just great. So, once back home and with my batteries charged, this is what I feel like doing… Hazelnut Cookies with chocolate chips to keep the energy level high!
Although hazelnuts are an important source of lipids , they consist mostly of monounsaturated fatty acids and oleic acid. This fatty acid has a beneficial effect against hypertension, cardiovascular disease and high blood cholesterol levels , conditions where hazelnuts consumption is permitted.
Hazelnuts , like other nuts , are an ideal dietary supplement for those conducting intense physical activity. Hazelnuts are an important source of vitamin E, the lack of which relates with the aging process . It is therefore desirable the contribution of vitamin E , which acts as an antioxidant with free radicals and thereby prevents damage to the body tissues.
So, if you plan to go for a walk in the mountains, maybe you should prepare these in advance and have them before you leave home! You will love them!
My friends at Inhala contributed with their beautiful plate, spoon, jar and wooden cutting board. Go check the shop!!!
Ingredients for a batch of cookies: 110 grs. of flour, half a teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt, 55 grs. of butter, 50 grs. of brown sugar, 20 grs. of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar, 1 egg, 100 grs. of chocolate chips and 150 grs. of toasted hazelnuts.
- Have the butter at room temperature until soft.
- In a big bowl, place the flour, the baking powder, salt, blended hazelnuts and chocolate chips. Stir and make sure everything is mixed.
- In another bowl, place the butter and with an electric mixer beat together with the egg and all sugars until you get an homogeneous white mix.
- Preheat the oven at 200ºC.
- Pour the liquids into the flour bowl and mix with a rubber spatula until you don't see the flour anymore.
- Make little bowls out of the dough and place over the oven's tray.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until you see the edges become browner.
- Let them rest outside the oven for 5 minutes.
- Place on a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Remember that depending on the oven, size of the cookies and other variables, it can take longer or shorter to have these done.