Sunday, May 11, 2014

Simple Chocolate Hazelnut Spice Torte

I bet most people don't know that comic books are actually based on true stories.

Comics are totally relatable, really. We all know someone with superpowers.

She always puts others first - an incredible selfless power to make sure she's last. It's like she becomes invisible until everyone else is satisfied. The last to have a pick of the pizza and the last person still cleaning the kitchen after dinner. The last in line for a shower knowing that it will likely be a cold one after four people, and the last to be thanked when your paper mache puppet project is finished just in time for the school play. You never tried to be glamorous, you just wanted the family to be happy - could you see that we always thought you were beautiful anyway?

Superhuman speed:
She'll have given herself to a stressful day at work, have the laundry washed, dried and folded, school uniforms ironed, beds made, bathrooms sparkling, floors clean, plants watered, dinner ready, lunches made and still have time to go for a jog and braid your hair before bed... all in a 24 hour period.

Superhuman strength:
Strong - mentally and physically strong. She never complains, she deals with it. Why? To make sure her problems don't become our problems. Why? Not to burden anyone else. This is a superpower that stems from selflessness.

She always knows when you are hurt or sad. She knows when you're lying. She knows when you've done something wrong, so don't try to hide it. Plus she always knows the right things to say to make you feel better.

From applying the band-aid or disinfecting that scrape to playing with your hair until you fall asleep, she knows just the right way to help you get over it. Nothing's to big for her. There's nothing she can't fix.

Time travel:
She blesses you with so many incredible memories that allow you to close your eyes and become a child again. She's so accepting of who you are that it is easy to be yourself around her. Any time I'm with her, I feel like a kid again and it's the most comforting feeling in the world.

It's almost like she can be in two places at once. I remember a time I was living in another city and I wasn't well. I ended up in the emergency room in the early hours of the morning. All of the sudden she shows up at the side of my bed. The cities are 2 hours apart. Maybe this superpower is "speeding on the highway", but whatever it is, she's incredible.

I appreciated those notes you wrote on my banana peel in my lunch box. "Good luck on your math test today. Love you, Mom". It meant a lot, it really did.

Thank you for filling my fridge with food every time you visit.

I get why you sometimes bought no name products. Stuff ain't cheap!

You were so right about my eyebrows, I used to pluck them way too much.

I guess blow-drying my hair for 30 minutes was probably not 100% necessary. 

I still don't get why wearing slippers in the house was so important....

Moms have superpowers. It's a lot to live up to. We've all got big shoes to fill. I don't know if I will ever be as organized or selfless, but what I am certain of are my baking skillz! I can whip up this incredible Chocolate Hazelnut Spice Torte in under 10 minutes. Word.

It's rich and moist, yet still light on the palate. There's a hint of cinnamon that makes it unique. It can all be made by hand - no mixers needed - just a spatula and a whisk and the tiniest bit of elbow grease (not even enough to make you sweat). Is Mom not eating wheat? No worries. You can make it gluten-free by replacing the flour with 1/3 cup ground hazelnuts.

This is perfect for a last minute dessert if you've already busted your brain trying to plan a special dinner. She deserves this.

Happy  Mother's Day!


Chocolate Hazelnut Spice Torte
Makes one 8-inch round cake

1/3 cup (75 g) unsalted butter
160 g bittersweet chocolate (72% cocoa), chopped
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp strong brewed espresso
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 ½ tbsp (25 g) all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 cup (100 g) ground hazelnuts

Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line the base of an 8-inch round springform pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides.

Melt butter, chocolate and salt in a large bowl. Stir through espresso, vanilla and ground cinnamon. Then, stir in ½ cup of sugar.

In a separate medium bowl, beat eggs with 1 tablespoon of sugar using a wire whisk until frothy and thickened. Slowly pour this mixture into the chocolate mixture while folding gently until incorporated.

Sift flour and baking powder over the mixture and fold it in along with the ground hazelnuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until it is slightly puffed and dry to the touch. Don´t over-bake. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve at room temperature. Or, for clean slices, refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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