White Chocolate Mousse Torte

I am a rubbish blogger at the moment. I know. I have been cooking, but I just haven’t been blogging. And I have, er, sort of fallen off of the veggie wagon in recent months and therefore haven’t felt able to blog. It’s disgraceful I know. I am climbing back on again. I just needed a bit of a hiatus…

This recipe is veggie. And it’s also sinfully good. It’s ridiculously easy to make, but O. M. F. G. it blows your socks off. It would be perfect as a Christmas pudding. It’s also perfectly yummy for breakfast. Becka bad. I have adapted the recipe slightly from the original which can be found in Celia Brooks Brown’s most excellent New Vegetarian cookbook.

For 10-12 slices you need:
200g amaretti biscuits, crushed to smithereens
75g butter, melted
500ml double cream at room temperature
30ml milk at room temperature
30ml amoretto liqueur (or cointreau if you want an orangey flavour or indeed any other liqueur you fancy and happen to have to hand…)
400g white chocolate, melted and left to cool slightly.

***Firstly remember to take the milk and cream OUT OF THE FRIDGE at least 2 hours before you want to make this as it’s crucial they are not cold or the chocolate will try and set too quickly when you combine everything together and you will not achieve the light, moussey texture you are after***

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and leave to cool to room temp. Meanwhile mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter and line a 20cm round silicone tin with the buttery mixture (or line a 20cm springform tin).

Whip the cream, milk and whatever booze you are using until the cream forms soft peaks. Be careful not to over whip as otherwise it will be impossible to combine the chocolate in.

Slacken the chocolate mixture with one spoonful of the cream, then carefully fold this in to the remaining cream. Pour on top of the biscuits and leave to chill for at least four hours.

Serve in thin slices with exotic fruit – cape gooseberries, persimmon and passion fruit work particularly well against the creamy richness of the torte.

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