Thursday, July 16, 2009

date and chocolate torrone

what you need
1/3 cup (55g) currants
¼ cup (60ml) brandy
200g unsalted butter, chopped
300g dark chocolate, chopped
2 eggs
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
225g shortbread biscuits, broken into chunks
2/3 cup (110g) finely chopped mixed peel
½ cup (70g) pitted dates, chopped
1/3 cup (55g) roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
cocoa, to dust

what to do
Line base and long sides of two 8 by 26cm bar cake pans with baking paper. Combine currants and brandy in a bowl. Cover and set aside for 1 hour. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Stir over simmering water until melted and smooth. Using an electric beater, beat eggs and sugar together until pale and thick. Stir in chocolate mixture, currants and brandy. Gently fold in remaining ingredients until just combined.Spoon into prepared pans and spread out. Cover surface with plastic wrap and smooth out. Refrigerate overnight, until set. Remove plastic wrap, turn out onto a board and dust with cocoa.

Slice and serve, or cut in half lengthways and wrap to give as a gift.

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