Angela Field serves up a delicious cherry chocolate torte recipe, the ideal dinner party dessert for the cherry season. Adding kirsch to cream to make a cherry Chantilly is optional, but adds another layer of decadence to the dish.
Recipe By Angela Field. Courtesy of Great British Chefs
Prep time: 1hr 15mins
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Grease and line the base of a 20cm loose-bottom tin
Melt the chocolate, butter and sugar in a saucepan and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the almonds, flour and egg yolks until evenly combined
Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the chocolate mixture until no visible egg white remains. Gently fold in half of the cherries, reserving some to sprinkle on top before baking
Pour the mixture into the tin, sprinkle over the remaining cherries and bake for 40–45 minutes until cooked through. Cool before removing from the tin
To make the Chantilly cream combine the cream, icing sugar and kirsch in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk until it is smooth, light and fluffy
Serve the torte with a generous dollop of Chantilly cream and some fresh cherries on the side. The torte is best eaten within 24 hours as it becomes very moist due to the cherries.