If you are thinking “oh no, I possibly couldn’t” or “summer is here” please stop. Walk around the block, mutter a few stern words and give yourself a wee tap on the reality knuckles. This is a TREAT; a use it to woo a lover, eat during an intimate bout of self-loathing, make your skinny friends a little less skinny kind of treat. Comprende? And all that aside, it tastes delicious so why on earth wouldn’t you? It takes all of 10 minutes to prepare and you can make the batter, refrigerate it in the moulds if time is against you, and whip it out at a moment’s notice like the genius that you are. I’ll cut to the chase, it’s a winner. And you should cook it now. Then jump on the bat phone and invite me over to eat it. We could be bff’s forever.
Soft centred chocolate tortini with Ferrero Rocher crumble
160g dark chocolate (70%), chopped
160g butter, coarsely chopped
3 egg yolks
75g caster sugar
50g plain flour
Vanilla ice cream to serve
Ferrero Rocher crumble
2 tsp good quality cocoa powder
8 ferrero roche, refrigerated
Preheat oven to 170C.
Grease and line 6 x 10cm loose-bottom pie tins.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, stir to combine and set aside to cool. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, yolks and sugar for 6-8 minutes or until think and creamy. Gradually sift over the flour and whisk to combine, then add the chocolate mixture and whisk for another few minutes. Divide the mixture between the pie tins and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. It is important the mixture is completely cooled to achieve the soft centre when cooking.
Bake the tortini for 10 minutes or until they are firm but their centres are soft. Don’t be alarmed, these are not the sort of desserts meant to rise to lofty heights, you will have thick, dense disks of pudding – more than enough for each person. While the tortini are cooking, make the crumble by gently crushing the Ferrero Rocher in a bowl. Sprinkle over the cocoa powder and toss gently to combine.
To serve, gently remove the tortini from the pie tins and place on plates, top with a scoop of ice cream and spoon over the crumble. Serve immediately, then lie down very flat on the couch after you have finished.