Chocolate torte with blackcurrant & ginger compote
A tempting, chocolatey treat with a blackcurrant twist!
- Preparation: 25 mins
- Cooking: 60 mins
- Serves: 12
What you need:
- 400g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 250g unsalted butter, in pieces
- 6 large eggs
- 400g caster sugar
- 1 x 100g pack of ground almonds
- 150g blackcurrants
- 2 balls of stem ginger, very finely chopped and 2 tbsp of ginger syrup
- You will also need: a 23cm non-stick, springform tin, base lined with baking parchment
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 180C, fan 160C, gas 4.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (making sure the bowl does not touch the water), then leave to cool slightly.
- In another bowl, use an electric hand mixer to whisk the eggs and 350g sugar with a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes until pale and thick.
- Lightly fold the chocolate and almonds into the egg mixture, then pour into the tin and bake on a baking tray for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the blackcurrant ginger sauce. Place the blackcurrants, stem ginger, ginger syrup and the remaining 50g of sugar in a small heavy based pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and some but not all of the blackcurrants are beginning to release their juices.
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool at room temperature.
- When the torte is ready - it will still wobble slightly in the middle - leave to cool in the tin (it will sink and crack) and chill before turning out to serve with a spoonful of sauce and a generous dollop of crème fraiche if you wish.
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