life list included an item to try to cook at least one new recipe per week, I thought I would feature one I recently tried out, the chocolate hazelnut delice I made for Jules' 40th birthday!
Now, doesn't this look like a cake worth turning 40 for? I ask you. Deep chocolate truffle on top of a hazelnut praline base, and sugared hazelnuts around the edge. What a stunner. This is an extra special cake for an extra special occasion, and is sooooooooooo rich, I could really only manage a tiny slice. Also, be warned, it does not keep well, so it would be the perfect finale for a big dinner party, where it would disappear in one go.
I know it looks amazing, but to be perfectly honest, this is one of the easiest cakes I've ever made. I would love to take credit for the recipe, but it's from Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets, which aired on the BBC last year. Having said that, it is a bit time-consuming: you have to make it the day before because there are stages of chilling/resting and ultimately it has to chill in the fridge overnight, but the actual active assembly time was no more than 25 minutes.