Chocolate Crunch Torte


Chocoholics! This is the easiest chocolate recipe ever. As it requires no cooking, it’s perfect for non-bakers – a foolproof chocolate dessert!


Makes 12 servings


8oz                  dark chocolate – 75% cacao – broken into pieces

4oz                  unsalted pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

2oz                  dried sour cherries

2oz                  golden raisins

3Tbs                rum

  • 2oz butter
  • 5floz heavy cream , lightly whipped
  • 8oz sweet oat cookies, roughly chopped


Cocoa powder for dusting and extra whipped cream for serving.


The day before you want to make this, soak the raisins and cherries in the rum overnight.

To make the torte, place the chocolate pieces and the butter in a large heatproof bowl, sitting over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Keep the heat low and allow the chocolate to melt – should take about 5 minutes for it to become smooth and glossy. Remove the bowl from the pan, give the chocolate a good stir and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes. Fold in the whipped cream, soaked fruits, pistachios and chopped cookies. Mix well.

Spoon the mixture into an 8” spring form pan that has been lightly greased with a flavorless oil. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours. To serve, dust the surface with a little cocoa powder. Cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream.

Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.