Chocolate Torte (with roasted nuts and figs)

I decided to make this torte for my Bro’s 60th birthday, it would travel well (we had a 2 hour drive), looks spectacular dressed with cream and fruit and is light and refreshing to eat. The torte is relatively easy to make (just need a large mixing machine) so give it a go…

Chocolate Torte (with roasted nuts and figs)
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
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Serves: 8
A lovely dessert/cake which ticks all my boxes, chocolate, nuts, figs, cream and berries
Ingredients
  • 250 gm of roasted nuts (I used pistachio, macadamia and hazelnuts)
  • 250 gm dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • 250 gm dried figs or dates sliced finely (I used a blend of both)
  • 125 gm castor sugar
  • 4 or 5 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Mixed berries to cover the top (I was going to put fresh figs on too but my bro' didn't like them)
  • 300 ml cream whipped until thick with small amount of vanilla essence and 1 tbs icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Roast the nuts for 7 min at 150* C or until just turning colour
  2. Rub the skins from the hazelnuts (in a tea towel) don't worry you won't get them all
  3. Roughly chop the nuts and add to the sliced dates or figs.
  4. In a large mixer beat the egg whites until stiff and slowly add the sugar (spoon at a time)
  5. Add the vanilla essence, nuts and figs/dates and fold together (don't over mix)
  6. Place the mix in a lined tin and cook for 35 - 40 min at 170*C
  7. Cool in tin and decorate with the whipped cream and fresh fruit
Notes
You could use any nuts you like but remove the skins first especially on almonds. I used figs and fresh dates but either is fine and I particularly like the blend of pistachios, macadamias and hazelnuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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