29 April 2007

Truffle Torte


On Friday I bought the May edition of the BBC Good Food Magazine and drooled over the photograph of James Martin's Truffle Torte. So I decided to give it a go. It's heavenly, but only have a small slice!


25g/1oz butter, plus some for greasing,
100g/4oz amaretti biscuits,
400g/1lb dark chocolate (70-75% cocoa solids),
4 tbsp liquid glucose,
4 tbsp rum,
1 x 568ml tub double cream, at room temperature,
cocoa powder, to serve.


  1. Line a 23 cm cake tin with baking parchment, then grease the base and sides with soft butter. Melt the butter in a small pan. Crush the biscuits, mix together with the butter, then spread over the base of the tin.
  2. Break the chocolate into squares and put them in into a heatproof bowl, with the liquid glucose and rum. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water, then leave it until the chocolate has melted and become slightly smooth. Stir , then take off the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  3. In a seperate bowl, beat the double cream until only slightly thickened. Fold half into the chocolate mixture, then fold that mixture into the rest of the cream. When blended and smooth, spoon it into the prepared tin. Tap the tin gently to even the mixture out, then cover with clingfilm and chill overnight.
  4. Just before serving, run a warm knife round the edge to loosen the torte, then remove from the mould. To serve, dust the surface with sifted cocoa powder.


    Serves 10

I adapted this recipe when I made the torte yesterday. I replaced the rum with orange juice (my partner Graham hates alcohol in desserts) and the amaretti biscuits (which I am not fond of) with digestive biscuits.


Next time I make the torte I will put double the biscuits and treble the butter quantity, to give it a cheesecake style base, as the base was very crumbly.


I will also impose some portion control over Graham, who has no sense of when he has had enough. The torte was so delicious that he kept helping himself to more and is now suffering for his greed!


I would recommend serving the torte with creme fraiche and raspberries.

13 comments:

  1. This really does taste amazing, but eating two slices was admitedly a bit greedy :)

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  2. Yum! That torte looks awesome. I would be in Graham's shoes and be having seconds, seconds, and more seconds. I would be sneaking down to the frig in the middle of the night with fork in hand. Nice job.
    I will put a picture of Fang in my blog tomorrow. She's been...sneaky today. Very early this morning she arrived, very proudly, with a small finch in her mouth for me. To make a long story short, the bird was able to escape unharmed, as Fang no longer has many teeth in her old age and Fang opted for a piece of turkey instead of the bird! What a way to start a Sunday morning!

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  3. I look forward to seeing Fang on your Blog. I am pleased to say that my cats don't bring me birds (touch wood!). However, one of my cats, Kia, has a liking for prepared food:
    toast with butter and jam
    roast chicken
    block of cheddar
    fish in batter
    a morning roll

    I despair! There may be some poor old souls their lunch on a regular basis!

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  4. Since you are a veggie site, you might like albioncooks.blogspot.com She does a nice job on her veggie site.

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  5. Yes, I have her in my favourites! If you come across any other good veggie sites, let me know!
    Holler

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  6. Truffle torte? From Tinned Tomatoes?.. Pea and ham? From a chicken?..
    Having sampled that very torte in the picture, I can attest to it tasting even better than it looks!

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  7. You deserve tinned tomatoes in your torte next time I make it, libdamn! However, your glowing review of the taste redeems you!
    Holler

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  8. sinful! I'm not much of a baker though, so I don't know if I can actually pull this off. I'm sending a link to my friend Kim instead so she can make it for me. Hehe. She's having us over for dinner next next weekend. I'm suggesting this for dessert.

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  9. That's sneaky! Hope it works! Is Kim the friend that got you into blogging?

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  10. I really enjoyed my slice of torte. It was delicious... I don't really think it's greedy to have two slices... If it'd been in my house i'm sure i could have demolished the whole thing! I probably wouldn't have felt well afterwards though.

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  11. Yeah, that just wouldn't be as good idea madpuppuy. I

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  12. ooooh, ameretti crust fantastic! In laws bought us some for v-day, can't wait to try this. And thank you so much holler, for your wonderful suggestions. Off to see you other dish!

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