Bake of the Week: Gluten-free squidgy chocolate torte

STICKY, gooey and filled with chocolate, this torte is perfectly indulgent.

The method comes from Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of gluten-free and digestive wellness food brand, Genius Gluten Free, so it’s also great for friends and family who might have dietary requirements – but still want to enjoy a treat.

You’ll need

55g ready-to-eat pitted prunes, roughly chopped

50ml brandy or Amaretto

3 eggs, separated

140g caster sugar

200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), roughly chopped

110g unsalted butter or dairy-free baking margarine, diced

100g ground almonds

40g cornflour

oil, for greasing

Method

Soak prunes in brandy for 30 mins.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20 cm springform tin with butter and line with greased greaseproof paper.

Beat the egg yolks with the caster sugar on high speed until thick and creamy.

Place the chocolate and 2 tbsps water in an ovenproof bowl, sitting on the rim of a small pan of simmering water. Stir the melting chocolate and water together until smooth. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, to form a smooth, shiny liquid.

Pour the melted chocolate mix over the whisked egg yolks, and gently fold together using a large metal spoon.

Sift the ground almonds and cornflour over the chocolate mix, add soaked prunes and brandy, fold in.

In a dry bowl, whisk the egg whites into firm peaks. Stir a large spoonful into the chocolate mix, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites.

Pour the mix into the tin, and bake in the centre of the oven for 35–40 mins. Cool in the tin on a wire rack.

Run a knife around the edge of the torte, remove the tin and lining paper, and transfer the torte to a serving dish.

Serve in narrow slices with double cream or a dollop of crème fraîche.

 

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