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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Chocolate Truffle Torte

Quick post today as I just remembered that I start back at work tomorrow and for the past two weeks I have done nothing!  The pile of marking has been sitting on my desk since I placed it there at the start of the Christmas holidays and has been looking at me everyday since.  Thankfully tomorrow is an INSET day so I don't have to stress tonight or iron my work clothes (hopefully I still fit in them).

I have just over three months before I jet off to Thailand and I have set myself the goal of losing two stone in weight and seriously sorting out my now misshapen body by visiting the gym I pay for but never go.  When I think back, five or so years ago, I was at my fittest I had ever been.  11% body fat, bang on my ideal weight, knew how to use every piece of gym equipment going and more importantly felt like one of those real 'gym addicts'.  The older I get the harder it becomes so I really need to crack on with it now.  I know this is a new year and is typically the time when everyone starts a diet, loses weight and wants to get fit, and I am sure that every year I have said it.  But I really need to get a move on this time.  I have publicly announced on my blog that I am going to do it!  As soon as I get my stomach flat again I will be going with Kate to her tattooist to get my   'I was 17 and had should have known better' tattoo improved.  I will also fit in my designer beachwear again!  Right, call it a new years resolution if you like, but I have stated what I am going to do and now I just need to get on with it.

So, todays post, I know, chocolate, not the best of posts for someone who is now getting fit.  But this if from Christmas and has been sitting around waiting to be posted since Christmas Eve.  A classic recipe by Delia Smith and only slightly adapted by me since I struggled to get the glucose syrup and could not be bothered to look for amaretti biscuits.  The correct recipe is here if you like.  I should really have added the rum as stated as I feel this would have made the texture of the final product better, but as long as you take it out the fridge a good hour before you want to each this torte was very nice.  Like eating soft chocolate truffles.  I hate to think how many calories per slice.

Truffle Torte
by Delia Smith (adapted by me)

50g crushed digestive biscuits
450g 75% chocolate
5 tbsp golden syrup
570ml double cream

cocoa powder to dust

Line the bottom of a 25cm tin (does not have to be loose) with greaseproof paper.



Sprinkle the crushed biscuits over the base of the tin.  Spread out evenly.

Over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate with the golden syrup until smooth.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Whip the cream until at the soft peak stage.

Fold the chocolate mixture in to the cream.

Carefully pour the chocolate cream mixture in to the tin and spread out, try not to move the biscuit crumbs around too much.

Place in the fridge to chill over night.

To serve, remove from the fridge and using a knife run around the edge of the tin to loosen the sides.  Turn out the torte on to a serving plate, don't worry it is very well behaved.  The biscuit base will form the top.

Dust with cocoa powder.  Best to allow to come to room temp before serving.  Store in the fridge until you want to eat it and remove a good hour before.