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chocolate almond torte

chocolate almond torteIf you’re looking for a dinner party hit, here it is.  No one will notice the lack of gluten!

Chocolate almond torte

Serves 6-8

  • 1 cup ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 4 large eggs – separated (room temperature)
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 150g unsalted butter (I suspect you could use coconut oil for DF)
  • 150g (3/4C) white sugar (or better sugar alternative eg coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4tsp cream tartar
  • cream/ice-cream/berries for serving.
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F and line a 20cm/8″ springform tin.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat.
  3. Place eggs yolks and 1/2C/100g of the sugar in a bowl and mix with your electric mixer until pale and thick.
  4. Beat in the melted chocolate & butter, vanilla.IMG_1508
  5. Fold in the almond meal. IMG_1509
  6. In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and keep whisking until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle the remaining 1/4C/50g sugar and whisk until stiff peaks.
  7. Quickly and gently fold the egg white mix into the chocolate mix.IMG_1510
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 40-50 mins until cooked.  The top will ‘drop’ and crack as it cools.IMG_1511
  9. Serve warm or cold with berries and cream/ice-cream.

Enjoy!  The original recipe can be found at Joy of Baking.

 

persian love cake

persianlovecakeWe were on holidays at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend  and I noticed at a couple of cafes they were serving ‘Persian Love Cake’.  I’d never heard of it before so I was intrigued.  We had some very special friends for afternoon tea yesterday at my parents-in-law’s avocado farm, so  it was a perfect opportunity to try it out.  It was a definite winner!  It’s quite sweet but the yoghurt balances it out.

The recipe I found on the Gourmet Traveller website – I made it  to the recipe, except I didn’t have fresh nutmeg so used a teaspoon of All Spice and I added a teaspoon of brown sugar and a sprinkle of all spice to the yoghurt to serve with it.

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