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Chocolate & Almond Torte

This rich chocolate torte will satisfy the craving of even the most ardent chocoholic

  • SERVES 12
  • PREP TIME 15mins
  • COOK TIME 50mins
  • DIFFICULTY Easy

Ingredients

400g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
300ml thickened cream
125g unsalted butter, chopped
80g (1/2 cup, lightly packed) brown sugar
Melted butter, to grease
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
100g (1 cup) almond meal
75g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Cocoa powder, extra, to dust
Whipped cream, to serve
Macerated Strawberries (see related recipe), to serve

Method

1. Place the chocolate, cream, butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring with a metal spoon, for 5 minutes or until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

2. Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to grease. Line the base and side with non-stick baking paper. Lightly whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl. Add egg yolk and vanilla to the chocolate mixture. Stir until well combined. Stir in the almond meal. Sift the flour and cocoa over the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined.

3. Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Add a large spoonful of egg white to the chocolate mixture. Fold until well combined. Fold in remaining egg white. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.

4. Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes or until the surface of the cake is firm to the touch. Set aside in the pan for 20 minutes to cool before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Dust with cocoa powder. Serve with cream and strawberries.
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