This week we were celebrating – the pony has a new job!
The only possible way this could be celebrated was with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, in the form of this quadruple chocolate torte.
Chocolate brownie base, creamy chocolate topping, chocolate truffles and chocolate shavings – what more could a pony want?
I was inspired to make this when I saw Jac at Tinned Tomatoes’ deep chocolate cheesecake. The pictures just look so tempting!
I didn’t think there was enough cream cheese involved to be a proper cheesecake though, which is why I’m calling it a torte, but cheesecake or torte, biscuit base or brownie base, it’s delicious and a must-bake if you too have a chocolate lover in your life.
Celebration chocolate torte (adapted from Tinned Tomatoes)
- 1 x 9″ round brownie base – I used this recipe, and just baked it in a round tin rather than square
- 100g light cream cheese
- 50g caster sugar
- 250ml toffee flavoured yoghurt (low fat works fine)
- 60g cocoa powder
- 250ml double cream
- chocolate truffles (recipe below) and chocolate shavings to decorate
Beat the caster sugar into the cream cheese until smooth, then fold in the yoghurt and then cocoa powder, making sure everything is well mixed. Whisk the cream to soft peaks, then fold into the chocolate mixture, until everything is just combined. Pour over the base (still in the tin!) and spread evenly. Leave in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours, then top with the chocolate truffles and shavings.
Simple chocolate truffles
- 65g dark chocolate, chopped
- 50g double cream
- cocoa powder to coat
Heat the cream in a saucepan or in a jug in the microwave, then pour over the chopped chocolate. Leave for a minute then stir to melt all the chocolate. Leave in the fridge until the mixture has set hard. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture out into 8 small balls, then, working quickly, roll each between your hands and then roll in the cocoa powder to coat. This is a basic truffle recipe that’s infinitely adaptable – addition of any form of liqueur usually goes down well, as does coating in more melted chocolate, rolling in chopped nuts etc…