No bake Hazelnut chocolate cake.(baci cake)


For years I have made this delicious,no bake cake. I only remember a time in Malta ,when I had to prepare a birthday cake for my sister and had forgotten to order a cylinder of gas…no gas ,no oven (no town gas then ).So I decided to make this super cake,minus the liquor,of course and looked like a superstar. oh, in case I forgot to mention,its eggless!!!

18 oz crushed roasted Hazlenuts

10 oz semi sweet chocolate

12-13 oz plain tea cookies,crushed

3 oz super fine sugar

71/2 oz mixed dried fruit(optional)

1 teaspoon almond essence

3 tablespoons brandy

1/2 cup Nutella ,for topping

8-10 whole roasted hazelnuts for decoration

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Start adding the crushed cookies in 3 batches to the melted chocolate,make sure that all crumbs are incorporated into the chocolate.

Add the chopped hazelnuts,sugar,almond and vanilla essence, whisky and candied peel.

Lightly spray a 6 inch dish(pam for baking is great, DO NOT OVER SPRAY). Place the mixture in and lightly tap the pan to set the batter.

Allow the cake to set,refridgerated for a few hours or overnight.

Unmold the cake and top with the Nutella and whole roasted Hazelnuts.

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