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Chocolate Amaretto Biscuit Cake

5 Star, No Bake | 27th November 2013 | By

 Now I do love a good biscuit cake and here, as promised in my persimmon chocolate cakes post, is the recipe for the Chocolate Amaretto Cake guaranteed to enhance any gathering. It’s certainly guaranteed to put me in a good mood.

With no added syrup, sugar or honey and the addition of Amaretto, this is a very grown up version of tiffin. Made in the form of a loaf cake, it slices neatly into finger size morsels. As we are not good at restraint in this household, I thought I’d better make two mini loaves rather than a great big one. This proved to be a wise decision as stopping was a lot harder than starting when it came to tucking in time. The smooth ganache made for a great contrast with the crunchy biscuits and nuts and the cherries provided bursts of sweetness amongst the rich layers of chocolate. The Amaretto came through as a trilling top note which left us almost bursting into song. For a biscuit cake, I thought this looked rather striking with its contrasting layers of white and dark dotted through with a splash of cherry colour.

CT thought the cake had the scent of Christmas about it with its strong and fruity aroma. It was quite soft and best eaten with a fork which he liked as it wasn’t too hard like some biscuit cakes are. He described the finish as glossy like a Labrador’s coat and he found the dark chocolate to be a good foil to the general sweetness. The slight bitterness from the walnuts also met with his approval. As for the heady taste of Amaretto, it left a pleasant glow in his stomach. He pronounced himself fully satisfied and wondered why I hadn’t made a bigger one.

With its glacé cherries, this is my submission to Tea Time Treats this month. Karen of Lavender and Lovage has chosen dried fruit to get us all in the mood to bake those Christmas cakes and puds. This is co-hosted by Kate of What Kate Baked.

Taking setting time out of the equation, these cakes are pretty quick to prepare, certainly under 30 minutes. This means they fit nicely into Sarah’s new challenge Dead Easy Desserts over at Maison Cupcake. And who wouldn’t want a slice of this luscious chocolate boozy cake as dessert?

 

 

Chocolate Amaretto Biscuit Cake
Serves 8
A luscious not too sweet dark chocolate biscuit cake which is simple to assemble but guaranteed to please.
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Ingredients
  1. 60g unsalted butter
  2. 60ml double cream
  3. 150g dark chocolate – chopped (I used 72%)
  4. 20ml Amaretto
  5. 40g walnuts – roughly chopped
  6. 40g natural glace cherries – halved
  7. 10 Rectangular butter biscuits
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and cream together in a pan over very low heat. Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until just combined, then stir in the Amaretto to form a smooth and shiny ganache.
  2. Butter two 8 x 12 cm silicone loaf moulds (or use one larger mould).
  3. Divide 1/3 of the ganache between the two pans. Add a layer of biscuits. You may need to break the biscuits to fit (I managed 2 ½ biscuits on each layer. Cover with half of the cherries and walnuts. Add another 1/3 of the ganache, followed by the rest of the biscuits. Cover with the ganache and top with the remaining walnuts and cherries.
  4. Leave in a cold place to set – should be ready in 2-3 hours.
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    Christian Halfmann
    27th November 2013

    Oh, that is a great sounding and looking cake. The restraint-thing could be a problem as well here. So far, though, I haven’t tried my new oven.

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Oh a new oven Chris, that does sound exciting. I think you need to christen it forthwith.

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      linda
      6th July 2015

      Thanks for posting such a fabulous recipe, me and hubby really enjoyed this dessert, it was fantastic. I used raspberries and amaretta biscuits with a little vanilla in the sauce. Wonderful.

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        Choclette
        6th July 2015

        Thanks for letting me know Linda. Glad you enjoyed it, though I’m not surprised with the addition of raspberries and vanilla 🙂

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Thanks Laura. Eating it all at once was the reason I didn’t make a larger version – no self control!

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Thanks Alicia – it’s the sort of thing I always hope for when I see biscuit cakes in cafes. No luck so far.

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    Janice Pattie
    27th November 2013

    Stop, stop! These are my favourite things, love Amaretto and chocolate, love the layering

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Thanks Janice – sometimes I just get a craving which has to be assuaged 🙂

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    27th November 2013

    You have again get me with these flavours. What is better than Amaretto, nothing! I would use Petit Beurre here of I had some or maybe those lovely Leibnitz biscuits. This is just my kind of Tiffin!

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      I might possibly be with you there Laura. Amaretto is amazing stuff. I was first introduced to it as a student when an Italian waiter always used to give his chosen few a free glass when we ate at his restaurant. It was the most sophisticated drink I’d ever had and has subsequently lived on as such.

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    Nazima Pathan
    27th November 2013

    this looks stunning. What a perfect gift idea too. Wonderful tiffin idea Choclette

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Thanks Nazima. I’ve often thought of giving tiffin as a gift, but I’m not sure how to package it, so haven’t got around to it yet.

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    Johanna GGG
    27th November 2013

    I can imagine this wouldn’t last long in our house either – looks delicious and festive – though I got so confused with amaretto that I thought you used amaretto biscuits til I read the ingredients 🙂

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Yes Johanna, I can’t imagine it hanging around in many places. The biscuits are amaretti I think – it’s all in the i and o!

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Thank you, chocolate cherries and amaretto are a great combination.

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    thelittleloaf
    28th November 2013

    Chocolate biscuit cake is one of my favourite desserts in the world ever. I love adding alcohol to it for a grown-up twist and amaretto is perfect, so festive 🙂

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Why is tiffin so darned delicious? I certainly find it very hard to resist – with or without alcohol.

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    Alida
    28th November 2013

    I couldn’t think of a better combination than chocolate and amaretto. This is a beautiful and delicious biscuit with an Italian flair! They would certainly love it in Italy.. maybe you should launch it in the market! The red cherries make it Christmassey too!
    Well done!

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      Choclette
      28th November 2013

      Now there’s an idea Alida – I could make my fortune 😉 Very glad you approve and feel really pleased it get Italian approbation.

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    Anne Szadorska
    28th November 2013

    Lol restraint is a swear word here!! Looks the finest biscuit cake I have ever seen, has so many gorgeous things in it I wouldn’t trust myself within 50 yards of it!!

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    Karen S Booth
    30th November 2013

    SUCH a pretty cakes as well as being TRES LUSH! Thanks for adding it to Tea Time Treats! Karen

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    HelenD
    30th November 2013

    Hi, Choclette!
    I’ve found your absolutely gorgeous cakes from Karen’s blog and loved them.
    As I would like to try them before Christmas could you please tell me if there’s any sugar in them ?

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      Choclette
      30th November 2013

      Hi Helen, thanks for drawing my attention to the sugar error. I’ve corrected now. There is no added sugar as I think it is plenty sweet enough. But there is of course sugar in the biscuits, chocolate and Amaretto.

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