Amaretto & Almond Truffle Torte

Ballyknocken welcomed two very special guests on Monday – JB Gill from JLS and the lovely Chloe Tangney. It was fantastic to have JB and Chloe visit Ballyknocken for the day and I was very impressed with their cooking skills, we will make a chef out of JB yet 🙂

To finish off the day we made my very special and delicious Amaretto Truffle Torte for dessert. I have decided to share this simple, delicious and rich recipe with you and please remember this recipe makes one cake and this cake serves 12 people.

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Amaretto Truffle Torte

Torta di cioccolato e Amaretto

 

Makes 1 cake, 12 servings

 

About 1 tbsp butter, softened, for the cake tin

1 tbsp flour, for the cake tin

150 g butter

 350 g bittersweet chocolate, chopped

6 large eggs, at room temperature

6 tbsp granulated sugar

2 tbsp Amaretto

Decoration:  icing sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 180oC / Gas Mark 4

Generously butter a 23cm springform cake tin and lightly dust with the flour.  Turn the pan upside down and bang out the excess flour.  Wrap a large square of heavy-duty aluminum foil around the outside of bottom of the cake tin

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the Amaretto.

Create a Bain Marie by selecting a medium mixing bowl that will sit on top of a large pot.   Note: the bottom of the bowl must not touch the water.   Put about 2 inches water in the pot and bring it to a simmer.

Add the melted butter mixture and the chocolate to the bowl and place it over the simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted, then remove the bowl from the water

Beat the eggs and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on high speed for a full 10 minutes. They should quadruple in volume and become light coloured, very thick and fluffy.

Fold one-quarter of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, then very gently fold in the remaining egg mixture until incorporated.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Sit the cake tin into a baking tray, to form a bain-marie. Put the baking pan with the cake on the centre oven rack and pour in enough water to come about 1/2  inch up the sides of the cake pan.   Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.   The top of the cake will lose its glossiness and be slightly mounded, but it should not bake so long that it rises and cracks.   If you insert a skewer into the centre it should come out gooey.  

Let the cake cool completely in its pan on a wire rack.   Run a small palette knife around the edge of the cake and remove the outer ring.  

The cake will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.   Bring it to room temperature before serving.  

Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream and Amaretto Caramel Sauce.

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