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Dark Chocolate Soufflé With Fresh Raspberries

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A melt-in-the-mouth dark chocolate and raspberry soufflé is definitely a wonderful way to indulge during a romantic Valentine’s evening.
I know, making a soufflé for the first time can be a little bit scary, however it is quite a simple dessert to make, despite its reputation….Just remember to handle the soufflé with great care and serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven, otherwise this dessert will lose its lift.

Cooking tip. Grease and chill the soufflé dishes for at least 5 minutes before cooking, then grease again with a little butter before pouring in the soufflé mixture. This operation will prevent the soufflé sticking to the dishes during the cooking process.

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Dark chocolate soufflé with raspberries.

Medium difficulty

Ingredients

Serves 2-3

2 small egg yolks (at room temperature)

3 small egg whites (at room temperature)

60 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

60 g fresh raspberries, washed and dried (at room temperature)

15 g butter, plus a little bit more for greasing the moulds

45 g honey, or agave syrup

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method.

1. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie.

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2. Grease 2-3 soufflé moulds (8 cm in diameter, or larger if you use only 2).

3. Stirring gently, add the butter and the honey to the melted chocolate. Let cool a little.

4. Add the egg yolks and then the raspberries, crushing them lightly using a fork. Mix well.

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5. Separately, whip the egg whites with a teaspoon of lemon juice (the lemon juice will help the whipping process).

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6. Combine the whipped egg whites with the other ingredients. Mix all the ingredients gently using a spatula.

7. Fill the moulds up to 2/3 and bake at 160 ° C for 20 minutes. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve immediately.

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Soufflé di cioccolato ai lamponi.

Media difficoltà

Ingredienti

Per 2-3 persone

2 tuorli piccoli (a temperatura ambente)

3 albumi piccoli (a temperatura ambiente)

60 g di cioccolato findente al 70 %

60 g di lamponi freschi (a temperatura ambiente)

15 g di burro e un po’ di più per imburrare gli stampi

45 g di miele (oppure sciroppo d’agave)

1 cucchiaino di succo di limone (per montare meglio gli albumi)

Preparazione.

1. Fate sciogliere il cioccolato a bagnomaria.

2. Imburrate 2-3 stampini da soufflé di circa 8 cm di diametro (o anche un po’ più grandi, se ne usate solo due).

3. Unite il miele e il burro al cioccolato sciolto, mescolando dolcemente. Lasciate intiepidire.

4. Aggiungete gradualmente anche i tuorli e i lamponi. Schiacciate leggermente i lamponi con una forchetta e mescolate bene.

5. A parte, montate a neve gli albumi con un cucchiaino di succo di limone.

6. Unite gli albumi montati agli altri ingredienti, mescolando delicatamente dal basso verso l’alto.

7. Riempite gli stampini fino a 2/3 e infornate a 160° C per 20 minuti. Guarnite con dei lamponi freschi e servite subito.

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Cranberry And White Chocolate Pandolce

Pandolce is a wonderful Genoese Christmas cake, traditionally made with raisins, candied fruits and pine nuts; so simple but rich in flavours, because we use only the best quality ingredients.

Cranberry, white chocolate and hazelnut Pandolce

For this Christmas I prepared (as usual) my own version, giving a foodfulife twist to the traditional recipe! I made a Pandolce packed with delicious cranberries, white chocolate and hazelnuts. This dessert is sweet bread (actually more like a cookie dough), perfect if you want to surprise your guests with something truly special for Christmas!

Believe me, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Cranberry, white chocolate and hazelnut Pandolce

If you prefer something a little less rich but still delicious, you can try my Chocolate and hazelnut Pandolce, made with dark chocolate and with less sugar and a little less butter.

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Cranberry and white chocolate Pandolce.

Preparation time: 15 minutes + the resting time

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

For 8-10 servings

220 g Manitoba flour (that you can replace with whole spelt flour, or any strong flour)

100 g unbleached all purpose flour

80 g soft butter

60 g milk

1 egg

1 and a half tablespoons of honey

70 g brown sugar

grated zest of 1 organic lemon

2 tablespoons rum

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

a few drops of vanilla essence

150 g shelled and roasted hazelnuts (whole)

100 g white chocolate, cut into pieces and frozen (that you can replace with dark chocolate)

100 g dried cranberries

icing sugar to taste

tip. Freeze the white chocolate before making the cake, otherwise it will melt too much during the cooking time.

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Method.

1. Mix the softened butter with the brown sugar and the egg, then add the honey and 60 g of milk. Add two tablespoons of rum, two drops of vanilla essence, then stir until the mixture is soft and creamy.

2. Separately, mix the two flours with the baking soda and the baking powder; then add the hazelnuts, the zest of a lemon, the white chocolate and the cranberries. Combine these ingredients with the creamy mixture.

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3. Knead well, adding a little bit of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

4. Line the base of an oven tray with baking paper, then place and shape the Pandolce on the tray.

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5. Bake in a preheated oven at 170 ° C/388°F  (with the fan running) for 50 minutes.

 Note. The oven door must remain slightly open during the entire cooking time to release the steam (you can do that by placing a metal object, like a padlock, between the door and the oven, in order to live a 1-2 cm gap).

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6. Let the Pandolce cool completely, then dust with plenty of icing sugar.

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Pandolce con mirtilli rossi e cioccolato bianco.

Preparazione: 15 minuti + il riposo

Cottura: 50 minuti

Ingredienti

Per 8-10 servings

220 g di manitoba (che potete sostituire con farina integrale di farro)

100 g di farina 00

80 g di burro morbido

60 g di latte

1 uovo

1 cucchiaio e mezzo di miele

70 g di zucchero di canna

la scorza grattugiata di un limone, non trattato

2 cucchiai di rum

1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci

1 cucchiaino di bicarbonato

qualche goccia di essenza di vaniglia

150 g di nocciole tostate intere, senza buccia

100 g di cioccolato bianco, rotto in pezzi e surgelato (che potete sostituire con il cioccolato fondente)

100 g di mirtilli rossi essiccati (cranberries)

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Nota.

Congelate il cioccolato bianco per evitare che si sciolga troppo durante la cottura.

Preparazione.

1. Amalgamate bene il burro con lo zucchero e l’uovo. Aggiungete 60 g di latte, il rum, l’essenza di vaniglia e un cucchiaio e mezzo di miele, poi mescolate fino ad ottenere un impasto cremoso.

2. Separatamente, mischiate le farine e poi aggiungete le nocciole, i mirtilli rossi, il cioccolato bianco (surgelato), la scorza di un limone, il bicarbonato e il lievito. Mescolate tutti gli ingredienti insieme, unendo l’impasto asciutto a quello cremoso.

3. Amalgamate bene, aggiungendo un po’ di farina per evitare che l’impasto si appiccichi alle mani, poi lasciate riposare nel frigorifero per 15 minuti.

4. Ricoprite la teglia con la carta da forno, poi mettete l’impasto sulla teglia e date la forma al Pandolce.

5. Infornate quindi a 170°C per 50 minuti (con la ventola in funzione).

Nota. La porta del forno deve restare socchiusa (con una fessura di 1 o 2 cm), in modo da far uscire il vapore (potete posizionare un oggetto di metallo, ad esempio un lucchetto, tra la porta e il forno).

6. Fate raffreddare completamente, poi decorate il Pandolce con abbondante zucchero a velo.

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Dark Chocolate And Marrons Glacés Tart

As promised, this week I continue my series of recipes dedicated to the chestnut season, with a wonderful dark chocolate and marrons glacés tart. This is a rich dark chocolate tart, enriched with an hint of sweet chestnut flavour and with a luscious creamy filling that will definitely warm you up nicely!

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I know that marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) can be expensive, however, in this recipe I used just 100 g, to add some sweetness and flavour…Believe me, it is worth it! You can buy marrons glacés in pieces, which are a little bit cheaper. I also added a little bit of chestnut flour in the shortcrust, which works quite nicely with the other ingredients, without overpowering their flavours.

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Dark chocolate and marrons glacés tart

(I used a ceramic cake pan of 24 cm of diameter)

Ingredients

180 g plain unbleached flour

40 g chestnut flour

50 g brown sugar

120 g softened butter

1 egg yolk

a pinch of salt

For the dark chocolate and marrons glacés filling

200 ml of milk

200 g of dark chocolate (I used 100 g chocolate with minimum 50% of cocoa solids and 100 g with 70% cocoa solids)

100 g marrons glacés (candied chestnuts)

2 tablespoons dark rum

2 eggs

60 g brown sugar

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Method.

1. Prepare the dough. Work the butter with 50 g of brown sugar and 1 egg yolk. Add the flour with a pinch of salt, then knead well (without overworking) and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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2. Prepare the filling. Separately, puree the marrons glacés using a fork. Then add 2 tablespoons of rum and mix until you get a jam-like consistency.

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3. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie (double boiler). Combine the melted chocolate with the marrons glacés puree, then gradually add 2 eggs and 200 ml of milk. Mix well and put the filling in the refrigerator.

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4. Prepare the tart crust.Take the dough and roll it out on a sheet of baking paper, using a rolling pin. Place the pastry (with the baking paper) on the cake pan and then cut off the excess paper. Pierce the base of the tart a few times with a fork.

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5. Fill the tart crust with the chocolate and marrons glacés filling. Bake at 180 ° C (356°F) for about 50 minutes (the cooking time depends on the oven, check on the cake!).

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6. Let cool, cut and serve.

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Crostata al cioccolato fondente e marrons glacés

Ho usato una tortiera di ceramica di 24 cm di diametro

Ingredienti

180 g di farina 00

40 g di farina di castagne

50 g di zucchero di canna

120 g di burro morbido

1 tuorlo d’uovo

un pizzico di sale

Per la crema al cioccolato fondente e marrons glacés

200 ml di latte

200 g di cioccolato fondente (ho usato una tavoletta da 100 g al 50% di contenuto di cacao e una sempre di 100 g al 70% di contenuto di cacao)

100 g di marrons glacés

2 cucchiai di rum scuro

2 uova

60 g di zucchero di canna

Preparazione.

1. Lavorate il burro con il tuorlo e 50 g di zucchero. Aggiungete la farina con un pizzico di sale e amalgamate bene l’impasto, senza lavorarlo troppo. Lasciate riposare in frigorifero per 30 minuti.

2. A parte, schiacciate bene i marrons glacés con una forchetta. Aggiungete due cucchiai di rum scuro e mescolate, fino ad ottenere la consistenza di una marmellata.

3. Fate sciogliere a bagnomaria il cioccolato. Mescolate il cioccolato sciolto con la purea di marrons glacés, due uova e il latte (aggiungete uova e latte molto gradualmente). Mettete la crema nel frigorifero a rassodare.

4. Prendete l’impasto dal frigorifero e stendetelo con il matterello su un foglio di carta da forno. Trasferite la sfoglia di pasta (con la carta) sulla teglia e tagliate la carta in eccesso. Forate più volte la pasta con la forchetta.

5. Riempite la base della torta con la crema al cioccolato e marrons glacés. Infornate a 180° C per circa 50 minuti (la cottura dipende dal forno, controllate la torta).

6. Fate raffreddare, tagliate e servite.

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Rice Flour Chocolate Cookies With Pomegranate (Gluten-Free, Low-Sugar)

Rice flour chocolate cookies with pomegranate (gluten-free, low-sugar)

To continue the series of recipes with pomegranate, this week I am publishing an easy cookie recipe, gluten-free and perfect for dark chocolate lovers! These cookies are garnished with a lot of pomegranate seeds, they are not very sweet and have a strong chocolate flavour ; I served them warm with plenty of honey on top! In this way, all the flavours and different textures really come together nicely!

Tips.

1. For the kids dip them in milk, because they have a strong dark chocolate flavour.

2. For a low-sugar recipe don’t add the honey on top of the cookies, just follow the recipe.

Rice flour chocolate cookies with pomegranate (gluten-free, low-sugar)

I hope you enjoy this autumn treat!

Rice flour chocolate cookies with pomegranate (gluten-free, low-sugar)

Rice flour dark chocolate cookies with pomegranate.

For two trays (16 cookies)

Preparation time: 20 minutes + the resting time

Cooking time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients

100 g soft butter

100 g rice flour

150 g almonds, peeled

15 g cocoa powder (I use organic and fair trade)

60 g dark chocolate 70% cocoa (I use organic and fair trade )

50 g cornstarch

the seeds of a pomegranate

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons maple syrup

a pinch of salt

a pinch of cinnamon

Method.

1. Bake the almonds at 160 ° C (320° F) for 5-10 minutes. Let cool then grind with a food processor.

Step 1. Bake the almonds, let cool and grind them.

2. Melt the chocolate using a bain-marie.

3. In a bowl, work the butter with the maple syrup, the honey and the ground almonds.

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4. Add the melted chocolate to the almond mixture and stir well. In another bowl, combine the rice flour, the cornstarch, the cocoa, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, then mix everything together with the almonds. Knead for a few minutes then put in the refrigerator to cool for about 30 minutes.

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5. Line the base of two baking trays with some baking paper, then shape the cookies and garnish with the pomegranate seeds.

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6. Bake at 180 ° C (356°F ) for 20-30 minutes.

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7. Serve the cookies hot with a lot of honey on top!

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Also see Light Sabayon With Pomegranate And Pistachios and Prawn Salad With Rocket And Pomegranate.

Biscotti di farina riso al cioccolato con melagrana.

Per due teglie (16 biscotti)

tempo di preparazione: 20 minuti + il riposo

tempo di cottura: 20-30 minuti

Ingredienti

100 g di burro morbido

100 g di farina di riso

150 g di mandorle, senza buccia

15 g di cacao amaro (uso il fair trade e bio)

60 g di cioccolato fondente al 70 % (uso il fair trade e bio)

50 g di amido di mais

i chicchi di una melagrana

1 cucchiaio di miele

3 cucchiai di sciroppo d’acero

un pizzico di sale

un pizzico di cannella

Preparazione.

1.Tostate le mandorle a 160 °C per 5-10 minuti. Lasciate raffreddare e tritate finemente con il tritatutto.

2. Fate sciogliere il cioccolato a bagnomaria.

3. Lavorate il burro con lo sciroppo d’acero, un cucchiaio di miele e la farina di mandorle.

4. Unite il cioccolato sciolto al composto di burro e farina di mandorle. A parte, mescolate la farina di riso con il cacao, l’amido di mais, la cannella e un pizzico di sale. Unite tutto e impastate bene per qualche minuto, poi mettete nel frigorifero a raffreddare per 30 minuti.

5. Distribuite i biscotti su due teglie rettangolari (ricoperte da carta da forno) e guarnite con dei chicchi di melagrana.

6. Infornate a 180°C  per 20-30 minuti.

7. Servite i biscotti caldi con tanto miele sopra.

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Traditional Recipe: Torta Caprese

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As the name suggests, the Torta Caprese (Caprese cake) originally comes from Capri, a beautiful little island, near Naples.
Dark brown, a little bit crunchy on the outside but soft and moist in the centre, this delicious and decadent chocolate cake is widely appreciated all over Italy. It is also an amazing gluten-free cake, because it doesn’t contain any flour; although, in some recipes a little bit of flour might be used to dust the baking tin.

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Tips.

1. The Torta Caprese is usually cooked in a large round baking tin (this is 26 cm wide) and shouldn’t be too thick.

2. This is a dark chocolate cake which suits better an adult taste, because it’s not very sweet. It is possible to adjust the recipe for the kids using a sweeter dark chocolate, adding 20 g of sugar to the ingredients and dusting with plenty of icing sugar.

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Torta Caprese.

For 8 servings

easy

Cooking time: 1 hour

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

300 g (10.58 oz) almonds (without the skin)

170 g (5.99 oz) butter, softened

100 g (3.5 oz) brown sugar

45 g (1.5 oz) honey

200 g (7.05 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

4 eggs

icing sugar for garnish

cocoa powder to taste

a pinch of salt

Method

1. Toast the almonds in the oven for a few minutes at 180 ° C (356°F). Let cool then grind finely.

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2. Cut and melt the chocolate in bain-marie for a few minutes.

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3. In a large bowl, mix the butter with 4 egg yolks, honey, the brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Then add the ground almonds with the chocolate and mix well.

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4. Separately, whip all the egg whites until stiff, then gently mix with the rest of the ingredients.

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5. Grease with butter and line the base and sides of a large cake tin (I am using a tin 26 cm wide) with baking paper (roughly cut down to size). Then fill with the mixture and bake at 150 ° C (302°F) for about 1 hour.

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6. Take the cake out of the oven and let cool. Dust with some cocoa powder, decorate with icing sugar and serve.

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Torta Caprese.

Per 8 persone

Facile

Tempo di cottura: 1 ora

Tempo di preparazione: 20 minuti

Ingredienti

300 g di mandorle sbucciate

170 g di burro morbido (e del burro in più per imburrare la teglia)

100 g di zucchero di canna

45 g di miele

200 g di cioccolato fondente al 70 %

4 uova

zucchero e velo q. b. per guarnire

un pizzico di sale

cacao amaro in polvere q. b.

Preparazione.

1. Tostate le mandorle nel forno per qualche minuto a 180° C. Lasciatele raffreddare e poi tritatele molto finemente.

2. Fate fondere il cioccolato a bagnomaria.

3. In una terrina grande, amalgamate il burro con i tuorli d’uova, il miele, lo zucchero e un pizzico di sale, fino ad ottenere una crema. Aggiungete anche le mandorle con il cioccolato fuso e mescolate bene.

4. A parte, montate gli albumi a neve e uniteli al resto degli ingredienti, mescolando delicatamente dal basso verso l’alto.

5. Imburrate la teglia (uso una teglia larga 26 cm) e ricopritela con della carta da forno (tagliata di misura). Versate il composto nella teglia e infornate a 150°C per circa 1 ora.

6. Sfornate la torta e lasciatela raffreddare. Spolverate con un po’ di cacao amaro, decorate con dello zucchero a velo e servite.

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Rich Chocolate Tart with Fresh Raspberries…Yes, but it’s different!

Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, with only a little refined sugar and absolutely delicious!!!!

I must admit I was a little bit sceptical about vegan desserts, I thought that without dairy products, desserts would just taste dull! So I decided to give it a try and make this vegan chocolate tart, because I usually like to try things before I make a judgement, especially when I am talking about recipes. I am glad to say that I was wrong! I might even dedicate an entire post to the lovely vegan chocolate ganache that I’ve made for this recipe, because I think it deserves a little place on its own in this blog and a few more words given over to it.

So, today we are going to prepare a delicious mini chocolate tart with a lot of fresh raspberries on top! As a filling, I made a rich dark chocolate ganache. Usually, the chocolate ganache is prepared with heavy whipping cream or butter, I used rice milk instead and I thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch. The result is a velvety smooth chocolate filling that contains little refined sugar and is dairy-free.

This is an amazing vegan dessert that everyone can enjoy!

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Rich Chocolate Tart with Fresh Raspberries

 Ingredients

For the pastry

2-3 servings. 

50 g (1.7 oz) skinless almonds (or hazelnuts, if you prefer)

60 g (2 oz) dark chocolate (organic, with 70% cocoa solids)

60 g (2 oz) rice flour

30 g (1 oz) of potato starch

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

2 tablespoons of sunflower oil

1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or 1 tablespoon of honey, if you are not on a vegan diet)

a pinch of salt

For the dark chocolate ganache 

60 g (2 oz) of dark chocolate (organic, 70 % cocoa)

100 ml (3.38 fl oz US, 0.175 pt UK) rice milk (replace with soya or almond milk, if you prefer)

1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or 2 tablespoon of honey, if you are not on a vegan diet)

1/2 a tablespoon of cornstarch

To garnish

100 g (3.5 oz) raspberries, fresh and washed

a few chocolate chips

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Method. 

For the pastry. 

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 15 minutes

1. In a double boiler (bain-marie), melt 60 g (2 oz) of dark chocolate.

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2. Finely grind the almonds using a food processor, until you get a fine paste.

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3. In a small bowl, sift the flour and the potato starch using a fine strainer. Then, mix in the melted chocolate, the almond paste, 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil and 1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or 1 tablespoon of honey).

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4. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

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5. Lightly grease the base of a small cake pan (15-17 cm or 6 – 7 inches of diameter) and bake at 170 ° C (338° F) for about 15 minutes.

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For the chocolate ganache.

Preparation: 20 minutes

1. In a double boiler (or bain-marie), melt 60 g (2 oz) of dark chocolate.

2. In a small pan, heat 100 ml (3.38 fl oz US) of rice milk and add it (gradually and stirring) to the melted chocolate (both must be warm).

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3. In another pan, mix 1/2 a tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the chocolate mixture and stir well. Gradually add the rest of the chocolate mixture, then cook over a low heat and stir until the chocolate ganache has thickened (it will take only a few minutes).

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4. Turn off the heat, add 1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or 2 tablespoon of honey) and mix well. Let cool.

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To garnish.

Refrigeration: 30 minutes

1. Pour the chocolate ganache into the base of the tart, then put the cake in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

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2. Garnish with plenty of raspberries and some chocolate chips.

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 Crostata di lamponi con ganache di cioccolato fondente.

Ingredienti

Per la base.

2-3 porzioni.

50 g di mandorle, senza pelle (oppure nocciole, se preferite)

60 g di farina di riso

30 g di fecola di patate

60 g di cioccolato fondente bio ( con 70% di cacao)

1/2 cucchiaino di lievito per torte

2 cucchiai di olio di semi di girasole

1 cucchiaio di sciroppo d’agave (oppure 1 cucchiaio di miele bio, se non seguite una dieta vegana)

un pizzico di sale

Per la ganache al cioccolato fondente

100 ml di latte di riso (oppure latte di mandorle, soia o latte normale)

1 cucchiaio di sciroppo d’agave (oppure 2 cucchiai di miele bio, se non seguite una dieta vegana)

60 g di cioccolato fondente bio (con 70% di cacao)

1/2 cucchiaio di amido di mais

Per guarnire

100 g di lamponi (freschi e ben lavati)

un po’ di scaglie di cioccolato per decorare

Preparazione.

Per la base.

1. Fate sciogliere 60 g di cioccolato fondente a bagnomaria.

2. Tritate molto finemente le mandorle usando un tritatutto.

3. In una terrina, setacciate la farina e la fecola di patate usando un colino molto fine. Aggiungete il cioccolato sciolto, la pasta di mandorle, il lievito per dolci, un pizzico di sale, due cucchiai d’olio di semi di girasole e 1 cucchiaio di sciroppo d’agave (oppure 1 cucchiaio di miele).

4. Impastate bene e mettete in frigo per 15 minuti.

5. Ungete leggermente la base di una piccola teglia (15-16 cm di diametro) e infornate a 170° per 15 minuti.

Per la ganache al cioccolato.

1. Fate sciogliere 60 g di cioccolato fondente a bagnomaria.

2. Scaldate 100 ml di latte di riso in un pentolino e unitelo al cioccolato ancora caldo, mescolando bene.

3. In un altro pentolino, unite una piccola quantità di latte di riso al cioccolato con mezzo cucchiaio di amido di mais (mescolando energicamente). In modo molto graduale, aggiungete tutto il latte al cioccolato, poi fate rassodare la ganache sul fuoco a fiamma bassa, per qualche minuto (continuando a mescolare).

4. Spegnete il fuoco e aggiungete 1 cucchiaio di sciroppo d’agave (oppure 2 cucchiai di miele). Mescolate ancora, poi lasciate raffreddare.

 Per guarnire.

1. Versate la crema sulla base della crostata e mettete in frigorifero per 30 minuti.

2. Guarnite con un doppio strato di lamponi e scaglie di cioccolato.

Delicious Chocolate and Pistachio Flan.

This week I’m publishing another recipe from my friend, Anahita Tcheraghali.
With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, we decided to prepare a light and tasty dessert for you to enjoy with the whole family during this festive season!
This delightful flan is made with a nice chocolate shortcrust pastry and an exquisite pistachio filling, with an intense caramel-like flavour. It is light and perfect for vegan diets because it doesn’t contain eggs and it’s dairy-free.
You will love it!
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Ingredients
for the filling
300 ml (10 fl oz)  rice milk
25 g (0.88 oz) muscovado brown sugar
40 g (1.4 oz) of shelled pistachios 
2 tablespoons cornstarch
a vanilla bean (or a few drops of vanilla extract)
For the pastry
200 g (7 oz) flour 00
60 g (2 oz) of sunflower oil
60 g (2 oz) dark chocolate (with 70% cocoa solids)
80 g (3 oz) muscovado brown sugar
a pinch of baking soda
some grated lemon zest
a pinch of salt
a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Preparation of the filling.
1. Finely grind the pistachios.
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2. Mix the ground pistachios with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 25 g (0.88 oz)  of sugar.
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3. Add the rice milk with a few seeds of the vanilla bean.
4. Thicken the filling on a low heat, stirring continuously for about 10 minutes.
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Preparation of the pastry.
1. Separately, combine the flour with the baking soda, then melt the chocolate in a bain-marie.
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2. Mix the flour with the melted chocolate, 300 ml (10 fl oz) of oil, a little bit of lemon zest, cinnamon, salt and 80 g of sugar.
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3. Once you have a smooth dough, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
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4. Roll out the pastry on a greased baking tray and pierce the surface with a fork.
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5. Bake the base of the tart at 170 ° C (338 °F)  for 10 minutes.
6. Spoon the filling into the the pastry base and bake for another 15 minutes.
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Crostata di cioccolato con crema di pistacchi.
Ingredienti
Per la pasta brisé al cioccolato
200 g di farina 00
60 g di olio di semi di girasole
60 g di cioccolato fondente al 70 % (possibilmente bio)
80 g di zucchero di canna muscovado
un pizzico di bicarbonato
1 po’ di scorza di limone non trattato
un pizzico di cannella (facoltativo)
un pizzico di sale
Per la crema
2 cucchiai di amido di mais
300 ml di latte di riso
40 g di pistacchi sgusciati
una stecca di vaniglia (o qualche goccia di estratto di vaniglia)
25 g di zucchero di canna muscovado
Preparazione della crema.
1. Tritate i pistacchi finemente.
2. Unite i pistacchi tritati all’amido di mais e allo zucchero. Aggiungete il latte di riso e qualche seme del baccello di vaniglia.
3. Fate addensare la crema sul fornello a fuoco basso, mescolando continuativamente.
Preparazione della pasta.
1. A parte, unite la farina al bicarbonato e poi fate sciogliere il cioccolato a bagnomaria.
2. Impastate la farina con l’olio, la scorza di limone, la cannella, il cioccolato fuso, il sale e lo zucchero.
3. Una volta ottenuto un impasto omogeneo, mettetelo a riposare nel frigo per 30 minuti.
4. Stendete la pasta su una teglia leggermente unta e bucherellate la superficie con una forchetta.
5. Infornate la base della crostata a 170 °C per 10 minuti.
6. Riempite la base della torta con la crema e poi fate cuocere per altri 15 minuti.