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Chocolate Torte

June 18, 2012 by Tali

Everyone needs to indulge in a little chocolate sometimes.

What better way to enjoy the food of the gods than in rich, dense and powerful cake-like form?

I say cake-like because this isn’t really a cake – not in the sense that I know of cake; to me a cake needs to be fluffy, light and, to be honest, have a little more height to it. This is not a pie or a tart either.  One could liken its texture to something like a brownie – it is dense, fudgey and intoxicating in its chocolatey-ness. I have decided to label this delicious baked good as a torte.

This temptress of a dessert packs a real punch. There is A LOT of dark chocolate AND cocoa powder involved in this recipe. It is gluten, nut and (any kind of) flour free. This baby would be acceptable to a vast number of people – unless of course they don’t like chocolate; but let’s be realistic – anyone who doesn’t like chocolate needs their head checked!

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago when looking for something that was both nut and gluten free. I was baking for a friend’s bridal shower/kitchen tea. The lady of the hour is allergic to nuts, and her sister is gluten intolerant so in an effort to please them both I searched for a recipe that could fulfil both their dietary requirements. It just so happened that it also allowed room to satisfy my requirements as a primal enthusiast.

This recipe uses a short list of ingredients and an even shorter method – therefore this should please anyone who hates spending too much time in the kitchen.

In short – This recipe pleases pretty much everyone!

To make this more Primal-acceptable – I adapted the sweetener from the original recipe which I found here.

By replacing the caster sugar with unrefined coconut palm sugar I made this an almost guilt-free treat. But believe me – this stuff is so good – you’ll think you’ve just sinned BIG TIME!

I’d like to try this with honey at some point – it may make the texture even better. If you experiment with that – please let me know how it turns out!

Primal Chocolate Torte
Adapted from a recipe by Shana Hillman

Makes: One 8 inch pan/tart dish  Takes: 45mins

120g Dark Chocolate ( I used Lindt 70%)
120g Unsalted Butter
150g Coconut Palm Sugar
80g Cocoa Powder
3 Eggs (beaten)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 pinch Sea Salt

  • preheat oven to 150C/300F. Grease an 8/9 inch tart pan.
  • place the butter and chocolate in a bowl, over a double boiler and let it melt, very gently
  • meanwhile, beat your eggs then add vanilla extract
  • place all of your dry ingredients – coconut palm sugar, salt and cocoa powder (sifted) – into a bowl
  • when your butter and chocolate have melted, remove from heat
  • add egg, incorporating fully, then fold in the dry ingredients
  • once the mixture is combined, pour into tart pan and spread evenly
  • place in your preheated oven for 25-30mins
  • remove from the oven and cool

Serve as a dessert – warm with cream/ice cream and some tart, fresh berries. Or let cool to room temperature and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee – add the cream and berries for extra indulgence.

You could amp up the decadence scale and top this with a luscious chocolate ganache to turn it into a seriously dangerous indulgent treat.


  1. Steph says:

    This was truly chocolatey and indulgent – right up my street 🙂 YUM.

  2. Alex says:

    Mmmm, wowza! I am going to have to come up with a good ‘excuse’ to make this one.

    • Tali says:

      Alex…no need to make up an excuse in order to make this… although it may be sensible to invite some friends over once it’s made!

  3. BUTTONI says:

    This looks like some seriously intense dessert! Can’t wait to try this one out! So pretty in the pic. If it tastes half as good as it looks, this could get me into some trouble. 😉

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