Salted Peanut Chocolate Torte

This year during Great British Bake Off, I’ve been trying to bake on theme each week. I have missed a few but I’ve managed most weeks to take in treats to the office.

For dessert week I was a bit stuck and was kind of limited time wise so I opted for something really decadent but also REALLY easy! My colleagues LOVED it (so much so they have begged for another!) And now it’s time to share it with you.

So, here is my recipe for salted peanut chocolate torte (if you think of a better name hit me up) As always I guessed a lot of the measurements!

For the base

  • 1/2 a pack of Digestive biscuits (200g ish)
  • 100g (ish) Butter
  • Salted peanuts (50g maybe)

For the filling

  • 200g Dark chocolate
  • 200ml Double cream
  • (The filling the the bit that I’m completely accurate with measurements!
  • Salted peanuts, crushed
  • Sea salt flakes (optional)

The base is basically a cheesecake base with added peanuts.

Crush up the biscuits (pop them in a bag and take out all your rage on them!) melt the butter (I whack it in the microwave) and combine the 2. Then smash up the peanuts (I’ve found popping them in a sealed bag and rolling with a heavy rolling pin the best way) then mix the crushed up peanuts into the buttery biscuit mix.

Push the mixture into a tin, I personally use a silicone flan tin that I got with a baking magazine. I also like to have the crust up the sides too so I pushed it up the sides of the tin. Pop it in the fridge whilst you make the ganache filling.

Ganache is one of those things which sounds and looks fancy but it’s honestly one of the easiest things to make!

Break up the chocolate into pieces and pop it into a heat proof bowl (I use a Pyrex one and I love it)

Pop the cream into a pan & heat on a medium heat. You don’t want it to boil, or even simmer really. You just want it to be hot enough to melt the chocolate.

I ALWAYS heat it in a pan as I think you get a better control of the temperature & don’t risk it spoiling.

Pour the hot cream on to the chocolate and mix. I use a spatula to mix, I know others who whisk…I personally don’t think it matters!

When it’s all combined it should be all beautiful and glossy.

Pour it in to the cooled base and smooth out as necessary.

Refrigerate for a bit (so it’s not liquid) before you top with the crushed up peanuts and sea salt flakes then return to the fridge for a few hours.

Enjoy…it works beautifully with some good vanilla ice cream. Or just a cup of tea.

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Food for fighting

Those of you who follow me on twitter, or spend any time talking to me, will know that I’ve had a bit of a tough time of it lately.

I’m 95% sure it was a nasty endo flare up, leaving me basically bed bound for a week.

I ended up in the out of hours surgery begging for pain relief that works, as over the counter stuff doesn’t touch it, I’m intolerant to Naproxen and I’m one of the 8% who can’t metabolise codeine, don’t even get me started on what tramadol does to me!

Honestly. This flare up has probably been the worst I’ve ever had. And the pain was just the tip of the iceberg.

I was constantly fatigued, I couldn’t stand up for longer than 10 minutes without feeling like I had run a marathon. Walking to the toilet or to get a drink almost resulted in me passing out more than once. Even when I started to feel better on the Saturday, I went for a 10 ish minute walk and I was EXHAUSTED by the time we sat down for lunch. Food made me feel sick but I was also hungry so I felt like I was in a catch 22.

Add in the emotional side of it all and the lack of sleep which just made the emotions worse and I was the WORST person to be around. I had such a pity party. My boyfriend wasn’t able to come and see me (the poor guy had to put up with me being needy and annoying over text), none of my family are close (although my mum was amazing on the phone), I felt like I was a nuisance to my friends (shout out to Becky for taking me to hospital again!) and I just wanted to curl up and never move.

This flare up, although awful for me (and everyone around me) has been positive in one way. It’s made me realise that I need to take control. I have been relying on my coil to do all the hard work balancing my hormones and fighting off the nastiness but it’s not enough.

I made the decision (quite a big one!) to finally start looking at my diet and cutting out the well known triggers. I say cutting out, what I really mean is massively reducing in most areas because I don’t think I can ever give up cheese!

So…refined sugar, trans fat, soy, dairy, red meat, gluten, fried food, caffeine & alcohol are all on the no go (read “reduce”) list.

I also need to increase my leafy greens (yay spinach), increase my red fruit/veg (there’s a reason I just can’t remember it), add turmeric and ginger to everything (maybe not everything!) and increase my omega 3.

I’m hoping that this will be a good weighloss plan too (simply cutting sugars should help)

I’m going to document my progress with this here. Firstly to keep me accountable and second because it may help other people!

Have any of you made drastic diet changes for reproductive health reasons? I would love to hear your story!

Also, how amazing is that picture at the start?! Click on it and you will find it as a print available to buy!