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This delicious, no-bake chocolate torte has a hint of saltiness to bring out its rich flavours. Quick and easy, it makes a great dessert to serve to guests 
Serves: 8-12
Prep time: 40 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hr
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Mid-price

 

Ingredients

For the base:

    • 12 digestive biscuits, crushed

 

    • 60g (2oz) unsalted butter, melted

 

For the caramel:

    • 100g (3½oz) caster sugar

 

    • 2 level tbsp liquid glucose

 

    • 300ml carton whipping cream

 

    • Large pinch of salt flakes, eg, Maldon

 

For the chocolate layer:

    • 2 med egg whites

 

    • 125g (4oz) caster sugar

 

    • 300ml carton whipping cream

 

    • Few drops of vanilla extract

 

    • 300g (10oz) dark chocolate, melted

 

    • Pinch of salt flakes, to decorate

 

You will also need:

    • 20cm (8in) loose-bottomed cake tin, base-lined with baking parchment

 

    • Small disposable piping bag

 

 

Method

 

    • To make the base: Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter. Tip the mixture into the base of the lined cake tin and press it down well. Chill the biscuit mixture while making the caramel.

 

    • To make the caramel: Pour 4 tbsp water into a pan and add the sugar and liquid glucose. Place the pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Wash down any crystals from around the sides of the pan, using a damp pastry brush. Increase the heat and boil the syrup until it turns golden. While the syrup is boiling bring the cream to the boil in a separate pan or in a jug in a microwave oven. Remove the syrup pan from the heat and carefully pour in the hot cream, taking care in case the mixture splatters. Stir well, then return the pan to the heat and simmer for 2-3 mins. Remove the pan from the heat and leave mixture to cool and thicken.

 

    • Stir the salt into the caramel. Pour most of the caramel over the biscuit base and spread it out almost to the edges. Reserve the remaining caramel for the topping. Chill while making the chocolate layer.

 

    • To make the chocolate layer: Place the egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, and the liquid feels smooth to your fingers. Remove the bowl from above the hot water, and then whisk the mixture to form a thick meringue.

 

    • Whisk the cream and vanilla extract until it just forms soft peaks. Fold the melted chocolate into the meringue mixture, and then fold in the cream. Pour the mixture over the caramel and smooth the top. Chill the torte until set.

 

    • Spoon the reserved caramel into the piping bag and cut off the end of the bag to give a small hole. Pipe squiggles of caramel over the top of the torte. To serve, remove torte from the tin, peel away the baking parchment from the sides and remove it from the base. Sprinkle some flakes of salt over the top

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

 

Fat 33.0g

 

Saturates 20.0g

 

Calories 493(kcal)

 

Recipe by Sue Mcmahon