Cherry chocolate torte with cherry Chantilly

10
1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Cherry chocolate torte

  • 300g of cherries, pitted and halved
  • 125g of dark chocolate, 70% cocoa
  • 100g of unsalted butter
  • 75g of soft dark brown sugar
  • 50g of ground almonds
  • 25g of plain flour
  • 3 eggs, separated

Kirsch Chantilly

  • 300ml of whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp of kirsch
  • 2 tbsp of icing sugar

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Grease and line the base of a 20cm loose-bottom tin
2
Melt the chocolate, butter and sugar in a saucepan and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the almonds, flour and egg yolks until evenly combined
3
Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the chocolate mixture until no visible egg white remains. Gently fold in half of the cherries, reserving some to sprinkle on top before baking
4
Pour the mixture into the tin, sprinkle over the remaining cherries and bake for 40–45 minutes until cooked through. Cool before removing from the tin
5
To make the Chantilly cream combine the cream, icing sugar and kirsch in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk until it is smooth, light and fluffy
6
Serve the torte with a generous dollop of Chantilly cream and some fresh cherries on the side. The torte is best eaten within 24 hours as it becomes very moist due to the cherries