Chocolate & chestnut truffle torte

Chocolate & chestnut truffle torte

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Prep: 50 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus setting

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Serves 10
This glamorous dessert makes the perfect festive centrepiece for a posh Christmas party

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal704
  • fat54g
  • saturates29g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre3g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.42g
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    For the sponge base

    • 50g butter, melted, plus a little extra



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 3 eggs



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    • 85g caster sugar
    • 40g plain flour
    • 40g cocoa, plus extra for dusting
    • 2 tbsp brandy (optional)



      Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

    For the truffle topping

    • 435g can unsweetened chestnut purée (we used Merchant Gourmet)
    • 2 eggs, separated



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 2 x 200g/7oz bars plain chocolate, broken (don't use one with a very high cocoa content)
    • 600ml pot double cream


    1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grease a 25cm springform tin, then line the base and sides with baking paper. Whisk eggs and sugar until pale and thick.

    2. Sift the flour and cocoa together onto the mixture, then gently fold in, followed by the butter. Pour into the tin, ease to the edges, then bake for 8-10 mins until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the tin.

    3. Meanwhile, beat the chestnut purée and egg yolks until as smooth as possible. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water with half the cream. Remove from the heat, then beat into the chestnut mixture.

    4. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl, whip the remaining cream until it holds its shape. Fold into the chocolate mixture, then carefully fold in the egg whites. Drizzle the brandy, if using, over the sponge base, then pour the chocolate mix on top. Level the surface and chill for 5 hrs or overnight until firm. Chill for 2 days, or freeze for 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

    5. To serve, carefully remove from the tin, strip off the paper and slide onto a cake stand. Dust heavily with cocoa.

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    Comments (20)

    melissap's picture

    Followed this recipe exactly(ish) - used Cadbury's Bournville chocolate, which doesn't have a high cocoa content - and it turned out beautifully! Couldn't really taste the chestnut, although I could only get the chestnut puree in 2 x 200g packets, so used 400g instead of the 435g recommended. It looked impressive, held well and tasted like a rich and decadent chocolate dessert. I'm making it again for New Year's Eve and may even sprinkle some edible glitter on the top! I give it 5 stars!

    tequila29's picture

    I would not make this dessert again. The flavor was bland. I have no idea why this recipe has 5 stars.

    stefaninny's picture

    I only had very dark chocolate, so used 300g instead of 4. I also replaced 300g of cream with silken tofu to cut down the fat. As it has raw eggs in, andnthe recipe isnalmost a cheesecake, i baked it in a low oven for an hour and left it in to cool. It was really delicious. Rich, mousse like. I realised afterwards I had forgot to add the sugar, but didnt miss it at all.

    joanneflynn's picture

    Terrible! Bland and tasteless. A food critic friend of mine tasted it and suggested it tasted like shaving foam. Looks good but disappointing..

    joanneflynn's picture

    Terrible. Didn't taste of anything, not even chocolate. Got a friend, who is a food critic, to try it. He said it tasted of shaving foam. Looked ok but not worth the effort.

    same965's picture

    Delicious, but too rich.
    I used a 18cm tin with half the ingredients. It is more than enough for two.

    ingevdh's picture

    I made this the week before Christmas, froze, and defrosted it for Christmas day. I sprinkled 2 tbsp of brandy on the sponge. For the mousse I used 340g of 54% chocolate, and 60g of 74% chocolate. The result was certainly impressive-looking, but I thought the mousse tasted bland. (Sponge base was good.) Would probably benefit from adding some sugar (between 50-100 grams I'm guessing). And maybe some booze? (Grand Marnier, Drambuie, brandy?) Tastes best at room temperature, in my opinion.

    hasselk's picture

    It was MEGA delicious and MEGA rich. But.... very soft, almost like mousse to eat with a spoon. How to get it to firm up more? The brandy on the sponge is essential.

    salmaartanisamazing's picture

    To be quite honest I really didn't like this at all, the recipe had far too many chestnuts for my liking, and quite frankly it wasn't my cup of tea. I'm not trying to be critical of a tying of the sort, but it was really rich and very, almost too moist for my taste. Sorry this doesn't do it for me :(

    adrienne317's picture

    I have made this recipe on several occasions. Freezes really well. Will be making several for my son's wedding reception in June. Always a hit. I have also made it without the sponge base in individual portions using silicone cases. They can then be popped out of the cases while frozen and quickly defrosted.

    judygarnham's picture

    This is extremely rich and so you only need thin slices. I personally found it too rich so would not make it again.

    wilkinson36's picture

    this is gorgeous! you have to have it in thin slices because it's mega chocolaty but i keep going back for more!

    hemleyhill's picture

    I've made this a number of times now, and it's great. Good for a large gathering, as it's very rich, and can cut up into lots more than 10 slices. Good to make ahead and freeze.

    holmlands83's picture

    This was really excellent. Couldn't taste the chestnuts but thats probably a good thing! Will definitely make this again. Everyone loved it, including myself and I don't usually like these types of deserts. Very impressive. Froze it too and ate the second half a month later with friends.

    sallyrayner's picture

    I used 70% dark chocolate which worked very well - loved by all who ate it - extremely rich - I could only manage one spoon full - you have to be a chocoholic to be able to eat this.

    juliajoyes's picture

    what % chocolate would work well?

    nicoleroberts's picture

    made this for a christmas dinner party - gorgeous! even my fussy dad loved it :)

    bethyboo92's picture

    Doesn't it need sugar?

    cjsansom's picture

    A huge success - positive comments from all the guests. I chilled it overnight, for a lunch party the following day, and it set perfectly. Definitely a good cook-ahead recipe for a party and I'll be cooking it again.

    evey73's picture

    Tried this at the weekend.... YUMMIE, will make again & again, but defo needs chilling over night & prehaps a while in the freezer before serving.Recipe very easy to follow, It's a winner

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