Does this recipe need an introduction? Is the photo above not pretty much enough to have you running for the shops to pick up the ingredients already? 😉
This stunning dessert was something I had been playing with as an idea for a while but it came together when the close friend of a client of mine asked if I would be able to cater a special family dinner for her. They are entirely plant based, dairy free, sugar free and gluten free, but adore chocolate, and obviously being a special occasion I wanted to make sure they had a showstopper to finish up the meal with.
So where do I start…Well the crust is a delight in itself, nutty from the oats, with a slight hint of the salt coming through to balance the richness of the chocolate filling (it is also supremely delicious raw and so if you are whipping one of these up make sure as chef you have a little nibble!)
The centre is then just pure indulgence, no ifs or buts. I wouldn’t class this an everyday dish but as a celebratory dessert, well then I hold my hands up and say it’s pretty much the best you’re going to get! By using raw cacao and dark chocolate you gain all those wonderful antioxidant properties, and the relatively small amount of raw maple syrup means it’s not overly sugar laden and the minerals maple brings separate this entirely from something you’d get from a regular recipe.
I personally think the sharp tartness of raspberries are the perfect complement but if you have another fruit you would prefer to use, by all means swap them.
Oh and be warned, if you lick the spoon when making the filling…well then you’re a goner my friend! It’s just too tasty not to end up with it all over your face and in your eyebrows…take it from someone who’s been there… 😉