After Eight Dinner Party Torte

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After Eight Dinner Party Torte

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After Eight Dinner Party Torte – This is a fierce twist on a classic. From Susan Jane White’s Cookbook: The Virtuous Tart 

Ingredients

  • FOR THE BASE:
  • 180g walnuts and/or pecans
  • 75g Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • Pinch of organic unrefined salt
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 190g cashew nut butter
  • 6 tablespoons hot water
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut nectar (maple is sweeter)
  • 5 tablespoons raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons tamari soya sauce
  • 3–6 drops of culinarygrade peppermint oil or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted cacao butter
  • Fresh mint leaves, to decorate

Instructions

  1. To make the base: tumble the nuts, dates, cacao powder and a pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse until crumbly but sticky. You will need the teeniest splash of water to bring it together. Press the mixture firmly into an 18cm springform tin (you’ll find these on Amazon). Refrigerate.
  2. To make the filling: give the cashew butter, hot water, maple syrup, cacao powder, tamari and peppermint a good whizz in the food processor. Every brand of peppermint oil has a different intensity, so start small (three drops) and work up to six if necessary. Slowly add the melted cacao butter. You should have a dense, dark, glossy ganache by now. Taste and decide whether you’d like more peppermint, but too much will taste like mouth wash.
  3. Once you’re happy, spread the filling over your base and decorate with fresh mint leaves. Store in the freezer, or your belly.
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