|Tried to get a picture before it was completely eaten!|
For a while now I have claimed the whole month of February as fair game for celebrating my birthday. Even though my actual birthday isn't until later in the month I find ways to celebrate all throughout February. It's also rather convenient that with Valentines day also being in February there is plenty of chocolate for me...yum.
Dan and I don't celebrate Valentines day because we celebrate how much we love each other many times a year; whether it's a special dinner, a "date night," or just snuggling up to watch a movie. I get to be playfully demanding during my birth month and frequently use it as an excuse for slightly indulgent behavior. :P Dan is a very patient and understanding man, and he humors me the whole way. How lucky an I?
Getting on to the deliciousness, you really should try this torte. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort, the ingredients are easy to find, and it is very rich and satisfying. If you are looking for a dessert that deserves the label "death by chocolate," look no further!
Triple Chocolate Truffle Torte (Serves 12)
1 C. Whole wheat flour
1/2 C. Vegan Butter or Vegan Shortening
1/2 t. Salt
1 T. White Vinegar
1t. Baking Powder
2 T. Cocoa powder
2 T. Agave (optional)
First Layer: (Mousse Layer)
1 pound Firm Tofu
10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if you prefer)
1 t. Vanilla Extract
3 T. Maple Syrup
Second Layer: (Ganache Layer)
3-4 Medium Avacadoes
2-4 T. Cocoa Powder
1 t. Vanilla Extract
1 t. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 C. Palm Sugar (or other granulated sweetener)
3 T. Water
Agave (to taste)
Make the Crust:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients with your hands in a bowl until well combined. Press crust into a greased or non stick spring form pan. Allow some crust to reach up the sides about 1 inch or so.
2. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool.
1. In a small sauce pan melt the chocolate chips (you can also use a microwave if you want to) over low heat stirring frequently so they do not burn. Once completely melted remove from heat, add maple syrup and vanilla and mix well.
2. In a blender place the tofu and the chocolate mixture and blend until very very smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and check for any remaining lumps of tofu.
3. Pour on top of (mostly) cool crust and spread it out so it's even. Place in fridge to cool while you prepare the Ganache Layer.
1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until very smooth. You may have to scrape down the sides with a spatula a few times but it's worth it! Keep in mind that granulated sweeteners may need additional time to dissolve so give the mixture an extra minute or two to set before the final tasting to decide on the sweetness.
2. Pour and spread the second layer over the first. Chill for 30 minutes before serving for best results.
Notes: There isn't much to say here other than the directions make this seem like it's going to take longer than it will. I made this in about 30 minutes. The nice thing about this is that it's rich enough that you can eat/serve smaller servings so hopefully it will stick around longer! You can also freeze this if you like more of an ice cream cake consistency or if you want to make it ahead of time.
|A close up of the layers.|