Tuorta da Nusch Engiadina (Nut tart, a typical recipe from the Grisons)

 

Since I was going to Dubai for work for a few days, my sweetheart told me I may as well leave a little something behind to sweeten up his lonely days at home.
So, last sunday I was baking another tart that will last a few days, in fact, it needs to rest two days before it can be eaten, chances are I get a piece as well when I return next Saturday.

Ingredients:

For the dough
300g flour
150g sugar
200g cold butter
1 egg
A pinch of salt

For the filling
300g sugar
300g walnuts
2dl heavy cream (won’t work with diet products)
1 tbl spoon honey

For the dough, mix the flour and sugar in a bowl, cut the cold butter in pieces and put it on the sides in the bowl. Mix the egg with the salt, add it to the flour. Now mix gently until you get a soft dough, it remains quite sticky. Wrap in a foil and let rest in the fridge for 30 mins.

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Meanwhile, chop the walnuts coarsely. In a pan, melt the sugar slowly until it turns brown, but not too dark. Add the nuts and stir until they are covered with sugar. Now add the cream and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Now add the honey and stir well once more, remove from heat and let rest.

Heat the oven to 220c. Grease a baking pan of 26cm diameter, take 2/3 of the dough and roll it until it is approx. 5mm thin, put it in the baking pan, ensuring you have a rim of about 4cm. Now add the nut filling and distribute it evenly, fold the rim down onto the filling. Roll out the remaining dough to a shell of 26cm diameter and cover the tart with it. With a fork, press the rim so it sticks well together. Pierce the shell a few times with the fork as well.

Bake for 10 mins at 220c, then reduce the heat to 180c and bake for another 30-40mins.

Now comes the difficult part, it smells so nice, you’d love to dig in right away, but -stop- you need to wait two days to let the flavours unfold.

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Granola – home made

I know, I know..every blogger eventually posts a recipe for home-made granola….I do it too, before the hype is over. Actually, this is another test for spoiling future guests. So bear with me…

Ingredients
200 g rolled oats (me, a mix of typical swiss oats)
100 g mixed seeds (sunflower, pumkin seeds, sesame and whatever else you fancy)
100 g mixed nuts, coarsly chopped with a knife, not in a blender!
35 g coconut oil
35 g honey (me: lavender honey)
Spices such as vanilla, cinnamon and ginger
50 g dried mixed berries (cranberries, cherries, blueberries)
50 g dried apricots
I did not use any additional sugar!

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Heat the oven to 150c and prepare a baking tray, covering it with a baking sheet

In a bowl, mix the oats, seeds and nuts and stir well.
In case the oil and the honey are not liquid, melt the two ingredients together in a pan, let cool off for a few minutes and then add to the dry mix and stir until the dry mix is fully moist.

Add the spices and mix well again. Now place the granola mix on the baking tray, distribute it well. Put in the oven for 40-45 minutes, gently stirring every 15 minutes until the granola is golden brown and dry. I did reduce the heat to 100 c after 25 minutes as it became quickly golden brown, but not dry. Every oven is different, I suggest you watch it closely and adapt temperatures if needed.
Meanwhile chop the dry fruits and once the granola is done, stir it under the hot granola.

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Now let completely cool off before transferring into jars.