Coffee & Walnut Torte

While the ingredients for this torte look a little odd (particularly the Jatz biscuits!) the end result is absolutely delicious – the torte is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside with a subtle coffee flavour. It’s a firm family favourite that always disappears far too quickly.

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Ingredients (serves 6-8)
3 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 Jatz biscuits, crushed
⅔ cup walnuts

1 tablespoon icing sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee (dissolved in a small amount of water)
1 cup cream
Chocolate shavings (to decorate)
Walnuts (to decorate)

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Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line a 9″ pie plate with baking paper.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar, vinegar and vanilla and beat until very stiff. Fold in Jatz biscuits and walnuts. Spread in prepared pie plate and smooth the top.

Bake for 35 minutes. Prop open the oven door and allow to cool in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Trim the baking paper so it can no longer be seen.

To make the coffee cream, add icing sugar, vanilla, coffee and cream to a medium bowl and bit until thickened and stiff.

Spread generously over the cooled torte and, if desired, decorate with chocolate shavings and extra walnuts. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Recipe from Kaye Potter.

Tiramisu Ice Cream

Happy (belated) new year everyone! I’ve been on holidays and had only intermittent wifi over the last few weeks so apologies for the lack of blogging. Still, the perceptive among you will have noticed that there have been a couple of changes made to the blog, the most obvious being the change of name from ‘Sugarholics Anonymous’ to ‘Bakerholics Anonymous’. I thought long and hard about this change, but I think the new name is far less restrictive and better reflects the direction I want this blog to go in – and now I can include savoury and sugar-free recipes 🙂

Anyway, enough blathering for now. This ice cream is easy, doesn’t require an ice cream machine and is very, very delicious. It’s perfect for a light finish to a summer dinner party – just serve with fresh raspberries.

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Ingredients
2 tablespoons instant coffee
⅓ cup boiling water
2 tablespoons Tia Maria (or equivalent coffee liqueur)
400g can skim condensed milk
550ml cream
¼ cup milk
12 sponge finger biscuits
Optional: raspberries & chocolate coated coffee beans (to decorate)

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Method
Line a 20cm square cake pan with aluminium foil.

Combine coffee, water & Tia Maria and set aside until cool.

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Combine condensed milk and cream in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until thickened. Beat in half of the coffee mixture.

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Spoon half of the cream mixture into the tray.

Combine remaining coffee mixture with milk and brush well over both sides of sponge biscuits (I actually dip the biscuits in to ensure it is coated) and place in a single layer in the tray.

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Top with remaining cream mixture and freeze until set.

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Cut into rectangular slices and serve with raspberries and chocolate coated coffee beans.

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Recipe adapted from Good Taste magazine.