Chocolate Torte With Whipped Cashew Cream

From Issue 19 of News from the Kitchen

 

Raw Chocolate Torte

For the base

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon melted cacao butter
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until they bind.
  2. Press into a 9″ springform cake pan and place in the fridge to set.

 

For the filling

  • 1 cup Irish moss paste*
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups cacao powder
  • 3 cups grated or chopped cacao butter, which has then been melted
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • >1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and pour on top of the base.
  2. Leave in the fridge to set.

*Irish moss paste can be made by soaking 1 cup Irish moss in water for 3 – 5 hours and rinsing THOROUGHLY until rinse water turns clear. (There’ll be a lot of sand in the moss.) Then blend the rinsed moss with 2 cups pure water in a Vitamix until completely smooth. Leave to set in the fridge if not using straight away.

Chef’s tip: Add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to the filling mixture for a mint chocolate variation.

 

For the cream topping

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours or more
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Irish moss paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon macadamia oil (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Serve with chocolate torte and fresh berries.

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99 Comments

  1. annika forsnabba
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    Posted

    What can I do with leftover paste or soaked irish moss , is it ok to freeze them?
    Thanks for the great recipes Russell!

    Annika

  2. Janelle
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    Posted

    is there anything else I could use besides Irish moss I have read articles that Irish moss is not good for you it may cause information and could lead to some cancers

    • Tina
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      Posted

      Hello Janelle
      I am not sure what article you read, however Irish moss in not a moss, it is a seaweed. As a whole plant it is healthy and fine to eat. People off our cost have harvested it for many of hundreds of years. The problem is when the manufacturers isolated the carageenan (whats makes it thicken) from the seaweed plant Irish Moss and started to put it in our dairy products and many other products is when there became a problem. Manufacturers love to Isolate compounds, and when doing this it causes health problems, such a using soy oil. If you have the whole seaweed plant I feel there is not concern. If you like look up the plant and compare it to the compound carageenan. Now you can see the difference.
      If still not convinced, no worries. I use agar to thicken things when I don’t want so much nuts in the diet.
      I hope this helps, take care.

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