Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Vegan Chocolate Torte

This is gorgeous and it is vegan! Recipe is from Rose Elliot's Vegan Feasts.
Serves 8-10
For the base
100 g/31/2 oz/ generous 1/2 cup vegan plain chocolate (bittersweet chocolate)
175 g/6 oz/2 cups vegan digestive biscuits (Graham crackers)
For the top layer
200 g/7 oz generous cup vegan plain chocolate (bitter-sweet chocolate)
2x125-ml/4-fl oz packets soya cream (Elmlea works well too, helps it set better too)
1 tablespoon rum
chocolate curls and/or icing sugar (confectioner's sugar), to decorate, optional
  1. First, make the base. Break the chocolate into pieces and put them into a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, the bottom of the bowl above the surface of the water, and leave for a few minutes, until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Meanwhile put the digestive biscuits (Graham crackers) into a polythene bag and crush with a rolling pin to make crumbs. Put these into a bowl and add the melted chocolate. Mix well, then press into the base of a 21-cm/81/2 inch loose-bottomed cake tin (cake pan). Chill in the fridge while you make the top layer.
  3. Break the remaining chocolate into the bowl in which you melted the chocolate for the, base and melt over simmering water as before.
  4. Add the soya cream and rum to the chocolate, then whisk thoroughly until the mixture has cooled and thickened a little. Pour on top of the base and smooth the top.
  5. Cover the top of the tin with foil or a plate then chill for at least 3 hours. It must chill thoroughly – 12-24 hours is not too long – and make sure it is well covered so that it doesn't pick up any flavours from the fridge.
  6. When you are ready to serve, remove the sides of the tin (pan), leaving the Torte on the base, then slide it – still on its base for safety – onto a serving dish. Decorate with chocolate curls and/or a sifting of icing sugar (confectioner's sugar), if using.


Nic Dafis said...

I think it's time we invited Rosie to come and stay.

Chris and the kids too, but it's Rosie we really need.

maffablog said...

If her two are anything like our two, there won't be seconds for anybody.

Sophie said...

Oooh now that look nice!!!
I have lots of Vegan cook books my friend lent me, about time I try some recipes!

maffablog said...

It is very nice. This picture doesn't really do it justice to be honest, you have to make it!

Niki Allen said...

It is awesome. I'm going to try making it with tinned coconut milk & orange zest, & ginger cookies for the base. Mmmmmmmmm..........