Velvet chocolate torte

Mary's make-ahead easy chocolate tart is rich and indulgent, with only 5 ingredients. (Yes it really does serve ten, it is so rich!)

Velvet chocolate torte
    1. Line a 20cm/8in loose-bottomed or spring-form tin with cling film and oil the film.

    2. Break the chocolate into pieces and drop into a food processor. Blend for one minute or until just a few pieces remain in the otherwise powdery chocolate. Alternatively finely grate the chocolate.

    3. Measure the sugar into a small pan with 90ml/3fl oz of water and heat gently over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Turn up the heat and boil briskly for 3-4 minutes, or until it becomes a thin syrup. Set the processor running and pour in the hot syrup through the funnel onto the chocolate so that it melts and becomes liquid. Add just a little more boiling water if some unmelted chocolate remains.

    4. Add the egg yolks and process for a few seconds before adding the brandy. (If you are not using a processor, beat the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.)

    5. In a separate bowl, beat the cream to a soft floppy consistency, then fold in the chocolate mixture. Spread in the prepared tin, levelling the top with the back of a spoon, then cover with cling film and transfer to the freezer for a minimum of four hours to freeze.

    6. To serve, remove from the freezer, release from tin and transfer to a plate. Allow to soften a little and serve about 20 minutes after coming out of the freezer. Serve with a little cream, if you like.

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