Divine Chocolate and Raspberry Truffle Cake recipe

By Linda Collister

Very pretty and special – For Valentine’s Day

Makes one large cake

Ingredients

For the sponge:
200g Divine Dark Chocolate, broken up (available at supermarkets)
4 tbsps Amaretto Disaronno (amaretti liqueur)
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar plus 3 tbsps extra
6 large free-range eggs, at room temperature, separated
A good pinch cream of tartar
A good pinch of salt
100g ground almonds
125g plain flour
25g flaked almonds
125g fresh raspberries
For the icing:
150g Divine Dark Chocolate, broken up (available at supermarkets)
1 tablespoon Amaretto Disaronno
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 heaped tbsp golden syrup

To decorate: fresh raspberries, icing sugar, chocolate shards or curls

Equipment
21cm springform tin, greased and base-lined

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas 4.

Put the chocolate and Amaretto into a heatproof bowl.
Set over a pan of steaming hot but not boiling water and leave to melt gently.
Remove the bowl from the pan, stir the chocolate gently until smooth then leave to cool until needed.

Beat the butter until creamy, using a wooden spoon or an electric whisk. Then beat in the 200g sugar (save the rest for later). When the mixture looks very light and fluffy beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a clean whisk until just frothy, then add the cream of tartar and the salt and continue whisking until the mixture is thick and stands in soft peaks when the whisk is lifted. Whisk in the reserved 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Using a large metal spoon gently fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture, followed by the ground almonds. Add a quarter of the egg whites and fold in. Sift half the flour on to the mixture and fold in, then half the remaining egg whites. Repeat with the remaining flour and whites. Gently fold in the flaked almonds and raspberries, using just a couple of movements so the mixture is not over-worked, then spoon the mixture into the tin and spread evenly.

Bake in the heated oven for 55-60 minutes until just firm to touch and a cocktail stick inserted into the centre (avoiding the fruit) comes out clean. Run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the tin then leave to cool and firm up on a wire rack for 15 minutes before unclipping the tin.

When completely cold set the cake on a serving platter.

To make the icing melt the chocolate with the Amaretto as before, remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the butter and syrup to make a smooth and glossy icing. Leave to cool, stirring form time to time, until thick enough to spread over the top and sides of the cake.

Leave to set and just before serving decorate with raspberries. Dust with icing sugar and chocolate shards or curls.

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Luscious, special brownies with a crisp and fragile top and moist inside, made with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter.

Chccolate Brownie Recipe

This chocolate brownies recipe makes 12

115g / 4oz best 70% cocoa chocolate

80ml/ 5 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

70g/ 2 ½ oz self raising flour

1 level tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

3 medium eggs

150g / 5 ½ oz caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Place chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Stir until chocolate melts. Alternatively melt in the microwave for around 20 seconds. Do not overcook in the microwave. Whisk in oil. Leave to cool.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. In another bowl whisk the eggs and sugar until light and pale. Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate mix. Gently fold in the flour mix, until all is incorporated. Line an 8in / 20cm square non-stick tin with baking parchment and oil lightly. Pour in brownie mix and smooth over.

Bake in a pre-heated oven, Gas 5 / 375F / 180C for 20 – 22 minutes. Test with the point of a thin sharp knife – which should come out just clean, but slightly moist. Cool then cut into squares. Serve sprinkled with sifted icing sugar.

Will you try this chocolate brownies recipe?

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