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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chocolate Berry Torte

I had an insaciable craving for rich, dark chocolate and a free afternoon. So, naturally I headed over to a friend's house to borrow her oven and bake up something delicious, this time a chocolate torte...with berries...and fresh whipped cream! I used Green & Black's Chocolate Berry Torte and Green Kitchen Stories' Vegan Chocolate Blackberry Cake for inspiration and ended up with something amazing.

We basically followed the Green & Black's recipe but I added a spicy, nutty crust. Just combine a few handfulls of almonds, cashews and hazelnuts and crush with a mortar and pestle. Add a dash of cardamon, a pinch of cinnamon, and one twist of + about 1 tablespoon of melted butter (or the vegan substitute), stir and then press into the cake pan. You'll probably have to play around with that depending on the crust thickness you prefer.

And yes, we definitely did use a heart shaped cake pan! This torte is very rich, so invite some friends for tea or share it at a summertime picnic. Top off a slice with some fresh whipped cream and more berries if you dare!

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