Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mary Berry's Velvet Chocolate Torte Recipe

OK, OK, OK I know what you're going to be thinking that this is a crazy recipe to feature in January, it's chocolatey and calorific....... BUT it's such a simple dessert that quick to make and is a sure fire way to impress guests at a dinner party as it's delicious. 

I originally made this to serve alongside Christmas Pudding so there was a bit of variety at the dinner table but it's very rich so would suggest if you want a smaller portion to half the recipe as it otherwise serves 10 people!

Recipe (Serves 10).

200g/7oz plain chocolate
100g/31/2 oz caster sugar
4 egg yolks
2 tbsp brandy or baileys
570ml/1 pint double cream

Method

1. Line a 20cm/8'' spring-form or loose bottomed tin with clingfilm and lightly oil the film.


2. Break the chocolate up into pieces and drop into a food processor. Blend for a few minutes until just a few pieces remain in otherwise powdery chocolate (see picture below). If you don't have a food processor you can grate the chocolate instead. 



3. Measure the caster sugar into a pan with 90ml/3 fl oz water and gently heat over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, stir this occasionally. Turn the heat up and briskly boil for 3-4 minutes, or until it has become a thin syrup. 


4. Set the processor running and pour in the hot syrup through the funnel onto the chocolate so that it melts and becomes liquid. If required add a little more boiling water if there is still some unmelted chocolate. Add the egg yolks and process for a few seconds before adding the brandy or baileys. If you're not using a food processor you can just beat the ingredients together. 




5. In a separate bowl beat the cream to a soft consistency then fold in the chocolate mixture. 



6. Spread the mixture into the prepared tin and level off the top with the back of a spoon, cover with clingfilm and transfer to the freezer for a minimum of four hours to freeze.

7. To serve: Remove from freezer, transfer to plate and release from tin. Allow to soften slightly before serving, decorate with strawberries, raspberries, icing sugar etc. 


8. Enjoy!! 

Sorry that this is such a decadent pud but you must give it a try if you're a chocolate fan like me and like something that is simple to make but is tasty. I think a biscuit base to this might also be quite nice which is something I'm going to experiment with the in the future.
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12 comments:

  1. My youngest son is so much into cooking at the moment and we all love chocolate, we definitely have to give this one a go, thanks for sharing xx

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    1. Thanks Sharon, it's delicious, very indulgent but so very tasty X

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  2. Hi Helen, Over January I decided to give up chocolate all together to detox my body as I ate way to much over xmas. I cannot wait to start eating chocolate again, especially chocolate cake. Yum! xx

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    1. Oh wow you're brave, I don't think I could ever give up chocolate even for a month! X

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  3. That looks soooooo yummy!!!

    Beth
    www.life-as-mum.co.uk

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    1. You need to try it to taste just how good it is! xx

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  4. ok you got me , who doesnt love chocolate this looks fab xxx

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