Along with National Baking Week, 2012 Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite has created a series of straightforward baking recipes which are bound to get your mouth watering!

Busy Girl Bakes: Pistachio Chocolate Torte

This scrumptious torte is gluten-free, gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the delicious smell of melting chocolate, and has a fudgy-richness which makes it ideal for a mid-afternoon treat or decadent dessert.

It takes a little longer than the usual Busy Girl may like, but we still managed to get it whipped up and into the oven within 35 minutes. And trust us, the results are well worth that extra bit of prep time!

Ingredients and equipment

23cm, loose bottomed round cake tin, greased and the base lined with baking paper
6 large eggs, separated
150g pistachio kernels (unsalted, de-shelled
120g ground almonds
30g cocoa powder
1tsp gluten free baking powder
150g Golden Caster Sugar
150g Light Muscovado Sugar

For the topping:
100g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate

Method

Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas mark 3. Place the six egg yolks and one white into a large mixing bowl, and the remaining whites into another.

Place the pistachios, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder and sugars into a food processor. Blitz into a fine powder and beat this powder into the egg yolks to make a very thick batter – this will be very thick indeed but don’t give up!

In a separate Pyrex mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently scoop these on top of the other mixture, and fold together carefully – you will need a bit of elbow grease, but try not to deflate the egg whites.

When well incorporated, pour this into the prepared baking tin, and into the preheated oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the torte gently springs back when lightly touched.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes, before turning out from the tin and resting on a wire rack until completely cool.

To finish

Melt the chocolates separately (the best way is in heatproof bowls over pans of barely simmering water). Drizzle the chocolates randomly over the torte to create a messy, scribbled pattern.
Then grab a fork and enjoy!

Giving it a go? Share your pics with us @tweetjanes – we’d love to see your results!


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