I'd seen a fantastic hazelnut torte on a blog very recently and knew that's what I wanted to make for this month's theme of Italian tortes. I thought I'd bookmarked it, but when I came to find it, there was no sign; I couldn't for the life of me remember where I'd seen it, so I googled with a number of different key words, but all to no avail. Luckily, Sophie Grigson came to my rescue with her Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte on the BBC Food website and as is my wont, I adapted it in a number of ways, including making it gluten free.
Fairtrade Foundation are running The Big Fair Bake campaign from 24th September - 7 October. Try your hand at winning a KitchenAid in their baking competition - I know I'm going to.
This is how I made it:
- Melted 100g of 85% dark Fairtrade chocolate plus 100g of 52% dark Fairtrade hazelnut chocolate in a bowl over hot, but not boiling, water.
- Removed from the heat and added 125g of diced unsalted butter. Stirred until smooth.
- Ground 90g of hazelnuts in a coffee grinder.
- Separated 3 large eggs and 1 tiny one into two bowls.
- Added 125g of Fairtrade caster sugar and 30g soft brown sugar to the egg yolks and beat until pale.
- Poured in the chocolate mixture and stirred until just incorporated.
- Sieved in 60g of buckwheat flour and 1/4 tsp GF baking powder.
- Folded this in with the ground hazelnuts.
- Stirred in 4 tbsp homemade orange liqueur - as lightly as possible.
- Whisked the eggs whites with a pinch of rock salt until stiff, then folded them into the chocolate mixture.
- Spooned into a 23cm mould and baked at 180C.
- Allowed to cool then turned out onto a plate.
- Dusted the cake with Fairtrade cocoa powder.
- Sifted 1 tsp icing sugar over some cappuccino stencils to create some interesting motifs.
Foodies 100 is running a baking challenge, whereby bloggers need to bake something using fairtrade ingredients and blog about it. This is my entry.
Whilst I'm on the subject of Fairtrade, Ndali Vanilla is the only vanilla that currently has fairtrade status. Following on from a recent visit to Uganda to report on Ndali Vanilla for the Food Programme on Radio 4, Vanessa Kimbell is organising a fairtrade vanilla gift swap on 24 September. You can see the details on her blog.