I read this week that January is the most depressing month of the year and that most people spend it giving up all the things they love!
Well, is their any wonder that it’s depressing?! I for one can never do it. I rarely make new years resolutions, however, if I do they are generally about doing more of the things that I/we have loved doing throughout the year that we are about to close out. We have a tradition of filling a jar with little notes throughout the year as a family of all the things we have done or experienced that have made us smile. We then read them all on New Years day and talk about all the things we are thankful for and want to do more of in the coming year.
So in the spirit of not giving up the things you love…..I thought I would post this scrummy recipe for a super rich and indulgent chocolate torte! Is it just me or does everything feel a little bit better with chocolate?
Believe it or not, I don’t actually have a particularly sweet tooth.
I have never been one for those sugary jelly sweets or hard-boiled ones, or overly sweet cakes with oodles of icing sugar, but, I have always had a particular penchant for chocolate. Chocolate of any kind, I’m not fussy. Although, I must confess my absolute favourite secret indulgence is Cadbury’s Whole Nut! Oh and those yummy praline Belgium chocolate shells. In-fact any chocolate, with any nut in it!
I ate 250gm of whole nut a day when I was pregnant with my little boy and to my sheer amazement I put on 5 stone!
Yes, I did say 5 stone! I wish I was exaggerating!
And I could not believe it! I was baffled and put it down to two things:
1) water retention
2) a big baby
Clearly I was delusional. It could not possibly have been the sheer volume of sugar I was consuming?…. During the day and night when I would wake up craving sugar and rustle around the bedside cabinet until I happened across a packet of chocolate buttons and ate them out of the palm of my hand, to which my husband said it was like sleeping next to a noisy hamster!
Nearly 4 years on and countless runs later and thankfully all of the weight has gone, however, if I so much as sniff a bar of whole nut it is gone before my husband can silently scream ‘noooooooo, step away from the sugar and saturated fat.’ I can’t help myself.
You see, that the combination of hazelnuts & chocolate or any nuts and chocolate for that matter is absolutely divine. Nothing else comes close to it. So in ode to my nutty, chocolately, chocolate nut addiction, I have adapted a recipe I found online, Pintrest I think, for a chocolate torte and added some additional elements to it. It literally could not be any easier than this! It is the ultimate quick chocolate fix but also is a huge crowd pleaser if you need a quick desert for a dinner party.
If you have the same love of the ultimate duo as me, you definitely need to give this a go! And if you do, please send me a photo or tag me into it on Instagram before you eat it all so that I can share the chocolately joy!
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My Little Persian Chocolate and Pistachio Torte
100 gm dark chocolate
200 gm milk chocolate
3 packs of double chocolate cookies such as Bourbon’s
110gm baking fat melted
200ml double cream
1 tsp cardamom
50gm sliced pistachios
Cocoa powder to dust
Add the coookies to a food processor and blitz until fine
Mix the melted baking fat in and press into a loose bottomed tin. I use a rectangle one however you can use round also
Put into the fridge to chill and set whilst you make the ganache
To make the ganache, break up the chocolate and put into a bowl
Heat the cream gently and pour over the chocolate
Stir until all melted and add a handful of pistachios and the cardamom
Mix well and pour over the base then sprinkle with the remaining pistachio and leave to set for a few hours before serving. Nooshe Jaan!