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Chocolate and hazelnut cake

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chocolate and hazelnut cake
chocolate and hazelnut cake
  • Serves: 10

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (plus cooling time)
  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Can't imagine making a cake without flour? Ground nuts are the perfect substitute in this scrumptious gluten-free chocolate extravaganza

Ingredients

  • 300g (10½ oz) plain chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 200g (7oz) whole blanched hazelnuts
  • 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g (5oz) caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs, separated
  • 3tbsp crème fraîche
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Chocolate curls, for decorating

Remember this is a very rich recipe: a little goes a long way!

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool. Whizz the nuts in a processor until they look like coarse breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating as you go. Stir in the melted chocolate, crème fraîche and nuts.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until quite firm. Fold into the cake mixture. Tip the mixture into a 20cm (8in) square loose-based tin lined with greaseproof paper and bake at 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4) for 40 mins.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin on a wire rack. Remove from the tin, dust with cocoa powder and decorate with chocolate curls.

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