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Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte

Decadent and delicious, a slice of this wonderfully luxurious, yet relatively cheap and easy-to-make dessert, is great for Valentine’s Day - and every other day of the year too!

They say dark chocolate has several health benefits: it is highly nutritious, is a great antioxidant and can reduce heart disease. If so, then give us a slice of dark chocolate truffle torte any and every day! For we are self-confessed choc-o-holics and this must be one of our favourite, comfort-rich, chocolate puddings of them all. Rarely do we have leftovers.

Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte

It goes particularly well with strawberries, especially home-grown ones which is why we are thinking of planting up our bare root versions now.

Ingredients

  • 350g Broken-up dark chocolate (70%)
  • 250g Unsalted butter
  • 5 Medium eggs
  • 200g Caster sugar

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 120°
  2. Grease and line a 25cm (or nearest size) cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl, which is set over some boiling water, but do not over heat, and do not allow the bowl to touch the hot water.
  4. Remove from the heat as soon as the chocolate is almost melted and stir until it is fully melted.
  5. Beat the eggs and 80gms of the sugar with an electric mixer until the volume expands to roughly 4 times.
  6. Heat the remaining sugar with 100ml water until dissolved and allow it to boil for about 1 - 2 minutes. (it should be a light syrup texture).
  7. Pour this syrup into the chocolate and butter mixture and allow to cool a little.
  8. Pour the chocolate into the egg mixture and mix through until combined, and then pour into the baking tin.
  9. Put a folded tea towel into the bottom of a deep sided oven dish and place the cake on this.
  10. Pour hot water from the tap in to the pan, so that it comes ¾ of the way up the sides of the pan.
  11. Bake for 60 minutes until set and allow the cake to cool in the pan of water before removing and turning out.
  12. Serve with fresh strawberries or raspberries.
Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte served with Strawberries and Cream Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte served with Strawberries and Cream
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