Berry Topped Chocolate Torte

A very showy and easy way to celebrate fresh raspberries. We like to “demo” this recipe in front of live audiences -it always works and we get rave reviews

Berry Topped Chocolate Torte
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup ground almonds
  2. 3 Tbsp. flour
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 3/4 cup butter
  5. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 3 eggs, separated
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier liqueur or orange juice
  10. 1 cup whipping cream
  11. 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier liqueur
  12. 2 cups raspberries
  13. good quality chocolate bar to make chocolate curls
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9″ springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine almonds, flour and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan and stir in cocoa and sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick; gradually blend in cocoa mixture. Stir in almond mixture.
  4. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add sugar. Fold whites into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 375 F. for 25 or 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of torte and remove sides of springform pan. Gently peel off parchment paper.
  5. (The torte will fall in middle, but don’t worry, you can fill it with whipped cream!)
  6. Drizzle 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier over cake. Cool completely and wrap with plastic wrap. This can be stored in refrigerator for two days.
  7. Whip cream and fold in Grand Marnier. Spread on torte and decorate with berries and chocolate curls.
Notes
  1. To make chocolate curls: Shave room temperature chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler directly onto the cake. Be sure to scatter some on the plate for a “chefly” look!!
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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

A classic pair in a classic dessert

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble
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Ingredients
Topping
  1. 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted 175ml
  2. 1 1/2 cups flour 375ml
  3. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 125ml
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest 7ml
  5. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1ml
  6. 1/2 cup butter, softened 125ml
Filling
  1. 4 cups 1″ (2.5cm)pieces of rhubarb 1L
  2. 2 cups sliced strawberries 500ml
  3. 3 Tbsp. flour 45ml
  4. 1/2 cup sugar 125ml
Instructions
  1. To Make Topping: Preheat over to 350F (180C). Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in oven for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove and let cool. Coarsely chop nuts and set aside. Stir together flour, brown sugar, orange zest and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the softened butter and mix with a fork to form a crumbly mixture; add pecans and stir into mixture until evenly distributed.
Notes
  1. Serves 8
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Cornmeal Currant Griddle Cakes with Apple Cinnamon

Cornmeal and currants – you gotta try this!

Cornmeal Currant Griddle Cakes with Apple Cinnamon
Cornmeal and currants
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Ingredients
Syrup
  1. 2 cups (500 ml) apple juice
  2. 1/2 cup (125 ml) apple jelly
  3. 3″ (7 1/2 cm) cinnamon stick
Griddle Cakes
  1. 1 cup (250 ml) flour
  2. 1/2 cup (125 ml) cornmeal
  3. 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) sugar
  4. 2 tsp. (10 ml) baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. (5 ml) baking soda
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/3 cup (75 ml) currants
  8. 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) plain yogurt
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1/4 cup (60 ml) melted butter
Instructions
Syrup
  1. Put syrup ingredients in a medium size saucepan and gently boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes(watch carefully last 5 minutes). Reduce to 1 cup (250 ml).
Instructions
Syrup
  1. Put syrup ingredients in a medium size saucepan and gently boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes(watch carefully last 5 minutes). Reduce to 1 cup (250 ml).
Griddle Cakes
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir currants into flour mixture. Mix yogurt and eggs together in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture. (This is a very thick batter.) Stir in butter. Heat a lightly greased frying pan or griddle over low heat until hot. Spoon batter in batches forming 1 1/2″ (8 1/2 cm) cakes. Cook about 3 minutes on one side or until bubbles form and bottom is golden. Turn and cook other side until golden. Keep warm while cooking remaining cakes. Serve with warm syrup.
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Spinach and Strawberry Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Spinach – enough for your crew
  2. Strawberries - same as above
Dressing
  1. 1/3 cup white sugar 75 ml
  2. 1/2 cup oil 125 ml
  3. 1/4 cup white vinegar 60 ml
  4. 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds 30 ml
  5. 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds 30 ml
  6. 1/4 tsp. paprika 1 ml
  7. 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 ml
  8. 1 1/2 tsp. minced onion 7 ml
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Instructions
  1. Tear spinach into bite-sized pieces. Cut strawberries in half. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Toss with spinach and strawberries.
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