Rich Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Assam
Chocolate & Nut Cake, an American favourite, is an ideal partner for Hope & Glory Assam. The smooth, full bodied taste of the tea compliments the sweet, nutty, rich chocolate flavours.
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300g whole blanched hazelnuts
50g milk chocolate, melted
6 eggs, separated
200g golden caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50ml chocolate liqueur
200g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate
175g chocolate hazelnut spread
Roasting the Hazelnuts:
Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
Grease a 23cm loose bottomed cake tin and dust with cocoa powder.
Lay the hazelnuts out on a baking tray.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Measure out 200g of the hazelnuts then blend in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs, set aside.
With the remaining 100g, divide into two then place half in a bowl and set the other half aside.
Into the bowl, pour over the melted milk chocolate and mix well.
Line a baking tray with baking parchment then spread out the chocolate coated nuts and place in the fridge to chill.
Reduce the oven temperature to 180 C / Gas 4.
For the cake:
In a bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk until thick and creamy.
Add the vanilla extract and chocolate liqueur and mix well.
Combine the butter and dark chocolate in a bowl over boiling water.
Stir until melted then fold in the 200g ground hazelnuts and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Mix in the egg yolk mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold into the cake mixture.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully on a cooling rack.
Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate.
Spread the chocolate hazelnut spread neatly and evenly over the top of the cake.
Remove the chocolate covered hazelnuts from the fridge and combine with the remaining plain hazelnuts.
Arrange the hazelnuts whole or chopped on top of the cake in a pleasing way.
Enjoy your Chocolate Hazelnut Cake!
Now, time for some tea!
Hope & Glory Assam
A full bodied organic black tea sourced from the Asaam region of North Easy India. The tea estates of Assam follow the fertile floodplains of the mighty Brahmaputra River, a hot humid region, at sea level. Assam teas are known for their strength, thickness and malty character and are best served with milk.