Mother’s Day Special – Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte


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Next Sunday, we are celebrating Mother’s Day!  Many of you are really lucky to be able to spend this special day with them.  I miss mine a lot and I still made this cake with her in mind because she used to love chocolate and hazelnuts! So this is for you, Mum!

This would make a lovely gift for your mum!  They always appreciate something you made and this is ideal for all those who maybe feel uncomfortable with frosting or fondant.  It is pretty as a picture and very tasty too!

I have drawn the silhouette of the cherry blossom and the bird free hand and I tried to take a photo of them on a dark background, so maybe you can print and trace it out to use as a template.  The cake is very easy to make and it is not just for gluten sensitive individuals or Celiacs!

Ingredients
40g of hazelnuts
100g of butter
120g of dark chocolate
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
3 eggs, separated
100g of caster sugar
Pinch of salt
1tsp of vanilla essence
20g or rice flour
Icing Sugar

Method
Preheat oven to 180C.

Grease and dust a tart oven proof 26 cm dish with gluten free flour.  Set aside.

Place the hazelnuts in the oven to roast and when these are ready, pulse with a food processor.

Put the butter in a small pan over low heat and then add the chocolate and cocoa powder.  Stir until the chocolate melts and is smooth.  Pour this in a large mixing bowl.

Beat the egg white in another bowl, till peaks form.  Set aside.   Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla in a separate bowl and then add this to the melted chocolate.  Combine well.  Add the chopped nuts, the rice flour, a pinch of salt and finally fold in the beaten egg whites.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared tart dish and level the top.  Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the top of the cake is dry.

Leave the torte to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar.

In the meantime, you can prepare your template and cutouts.

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Place them over the cake as in the picture below and use pins if need be, so they will not move for you.

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Dust generously with icing sugar.  Remove the pins gently and then lift the cutouts without disturbing the icing sugar.   If you happen to drop some icing sugar whilst lifting, just take a folded kitchen roll, dampened with some water and gently remove so the silhouette will be free of any icing sugar.

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