~ Cake Stall Baking ~
Double Chocolate and Summer Berries Truffle Slice
I’ve been baking….Cake Stall Baking, baking with chocolate and summer berries, and salted butter, and cocoa…..it’s been a veritable feast of calorie laden ingredients and the kitchen has been infused with a rich chocolatey aroma…..it’s great to break free of calorie counting and diets now and then, and especially when the tray bake in question is NOT all for me, but is for a village event that is coming up, the Fête Communal – the Village Fête! My Double Chocolate and Summer Berries Truffle Slice is a bit naughty, it’s loaded with chocolate and butter, BUT, as it is quite rich, it can be eaten in teeny-weeny pieces, and it makes a GREAT treat to go with a cup of coffee after a special dinner. I am rather pleased with it, and I hope that I sell lots and lots of it….as the money all goes to charity.
Not only is this Double Chocolate and Summer Berries Truffle Slice rich in chocolate, it also has a secret centre, where some my HOME GROWN summer berries nestle…….namely raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants……they sit seductively on top of my chocolate blow-out dessert, as well as in the middle, and they add a fruity loveliness the whole slice with their berry bountifulness! They also qualify me to enter this recipe in to the July We Should Cocoa challenge, which this month is being hosted by Choclette who resides at Chocolate Log Blog, amongst chocolate wrappers, as you may have seen me write about before; and the ingredient for this month is BLACKCURRANTS; plus, as my recipe is being baked for a cake stall, that also qualifies for the current Tea Time Treats challenge too, which is Cake Stall Cakes & Bakes, and is being hosted my ME this month!
I suppose some of you out there may call this a Brownie, and it’s true that it belongs to Brownie stable of tray bakes, but, it is JUST more truffle like in texture and as I used some amazing French chocolate that was 85% cocoa solids, it does make this a VERY indulgent slice….plus, the berries add a luxurious and gourmet edge to it too, I think! Anyway, whatever the name for this cake stall slice, I have tried a wee square, and I can tell you that it is pretty LUSH! You can bake it for thirty minutes, as I did, for a VERY squidgy and fudge-like centre, or, you can play it safe and add up to fifteen minutes more on the baking time and go for a more cakey type texture…..the choice, as they say, is yours. For a rather posh pud, serve some extra berries with it, as well as a dollop of cream or crème fraîche.
So that’s it for today, I still have LOTS of new recipes, photos, giveaways and general chit-chat to share with you all, so please pop back another day after you have had a slice of my Double Chocolate and Summer Berries Truffle Slice, and I’ll see you again very soon! Karen.
Double Chocolate and Summer Berries Truffle Slice
|Serves||12 to 16 slices or squares|
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||45 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour|
|Meal type||Dessert, Snack|
|Misc||Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
|Occasion||Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Valentines day|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 300g dark chocolate (broken into pieces, I used 85% French chocolate)
- 100g milk chocolate (broken into pieces)
- 250g salted butter
- 400g soft brown sugar
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 150g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 200g mixed summer berries (I used raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants)
Delectable squidgy and rich chocolate truffle slices with the added luxury of summer berries. Try to use top quality chocolate - I used 85% cocoa solids French chocolate for the dark chocolate ingredient in the recipe.
|Step 1||Pre-heat the oven to 180C/360F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a large 20cm x 30cm baking tray with baking paper/parchment.|
|Step 2||Put the chocolate pieces, butter and sugar on a large saucepan and heat gently over a low heat, stirring all the time until the chocolate and butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.|
|Step 3||Beat the eggs and add them to the cooled chocolate mixture, before adding the flour and the cocoa, stir it all together before adding three quarters of the summer fruits, mixing them gently into the mixture. Pour the chocolate mixture into the lined and greased tray and then scatter the remaining berries over the top of the truffle slice.|
|Step 4||Bake on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven, for 30 minutes for a soft and squidgy texture, but for a firmer texture, bake for a further 5 to 15 minutes, checking it after every 5 minutes.|
|Step 5||Allow to cool in the tray/tin before cutting into small squares or slices, and serve with extra fresh berries and/or cream. Can also be cut into small squares and served as petits fours. Store in an airtight tin for up to 3 to 4 days.|
I am also entering these into Simple and in Season, as my fruit are VERY seasonal in this recipe! This wonderful blog event is by Ren and guest hosted by Fleur this month – I am sure that this fits to seasonal bill just perfectly!
Amy @ fragrantvanillacake says
Wow…this chocolaty concoction whatever one may choose to call it sounds amazing! Dark decadent moist chocolate with sweet berries…so heavenly! Fudgy chocolate baked goods are so good!
Thanks Amy – I have to say that these chocolatey slices are VERY decadent!
What Kate Baked says
This would the star bake of any cake stall Karen! And I’m sure will be a huge hit at your village fete! Aren’t there some delicious recipes coming through?
Thanks Kate, and YES! There are some LUSH recipes coming in for TTT…..and as it’s cake stall stuff – they are all big or there are lots of them! GOOD IDEA!! Karen 🙂
Looks wonderful Karen. I’m sure it will sell out in no time – I’d certainly buy a piece… or two!
Thanks Sarah – I have also managed to eat ONLY one slice, all the rest are safely tucked away in a tin!
Lovely recipe, looks so summery and mashing photographs too…with SUN in them…SUN!!!!
Thanks Sue! I did manage my mashing photos for the brief 1 hour of sun I had when I made these! I shot out of the house like a bullet, with my chocolate slices and my camera! 🙂 Karen
Javelin Warrior says
These look amazingly rich, Karen. Just jam packed full of berry goodness… I’ve never seen chocolate and berries paired together in bars/cake like this before, but I love the creativity…
Thanks! Chocolate and raspberries are a common pairing JW – but I LOVED the sharpness of the blackcurrants too, which cuts through the richness of the chocolate!
How fantastic to be able to use your home grown berries . I haven’t been to the allotment for a couple of weeks but am hoping to harvest a few berries these weekend. Think this is such a great way of using them. I love dark chocolate paired with sharp berry fruits, even better with some good French Creme Fraiche!
Thanks Laura, this really is a lovely combination, and, as you say the sharpness of the fruit cuts through the richness of the chocolate! Bliss! Let me know when you harvest your berries…..and what you make with the too!
This sounds amazingly decadent, what a perfect use for those berries!
Thanks Kathryn – it was a very “grown up” kind of tray bake and I may just have to make one again, for home consumption!
Who could resist this on the cake stall!!! It is the first stall I head for when I go to fetes. Chocolate and berries are a perfect combo. Think I might have to plant some berries in the garden for next year – home grown is so much better. My grapefruits are in full flight at the moment might have to make my Orange Halva Cake with those instead of organges.
OH YES! I LOVE the sound of your Orange Halva Cake Denise….and as for your grapefruits, I adore them just cut inn half with a sprinkling of sugar for breakfast, or made into marmalade too!
Mich - Piece of Cake says
Hi Karen, I love the idea of combining summer berries with chocolate. Your truffle sounds amazing. I wish we could get such beautiful summer berries here where I live, but when it gets imported to my supermarkets, it just isn’t quite what it is like picked right from the garden!
Thanks Mich! I DO love berries with chocolate, especially when the chocolate is a fabulous 85% cocoa solids chocolate! I agree that freshly picked berries are the way to go, if you are lucky enough to have them. Karen
becca (playdohandpoo) says
those look divine! i definitely want to make those! your blog is beautiful! B
Thanks Becca and they are all sold now, but, I did try ONE and it was lovely! Karen
Vikki (cakefairyblog) says
This just looks so gooey and delicious, I want it! I love chocolate and berries – I really like the tangyness of fruit in combo with the chocolate. I’m still thinking up my tea time treat entry!
Thanks Vikki – there is still loads of time for Tea Time Treats, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with…..I love berries and chocolate together too! Karen
Dave at eRecipeCards says
Karen, as always, such delicious photos! Thank you so much for making this link a part of eRecipeCards. It is always a treat when you return. Speaking of which, we are almost ready to announce a BIG update on our software. Searchable database of YOUR recipes, search by title, tags or the words in your description. We have also separated your submissions by courses (Breakfast, main course, etc.).
Of course, the real value of this addition will come when you submit daily (including much of your back stock). It becomes a searchable index for just your blog (think the back of the book for a blog!!!).
I am still working out a couple of bugs, but it is 99% ready for the announcement. I have your page ready to go (since you are among my favorite bloggers to visit)…
Come take a look and let me know what you think.
BTW, this is a pretty blatant ad. I would prefer this not be published on your blog comment section.
Great to see you have not forgotten us!
AW thanks SO much Dave and thanks for sorting my photo problems out earlier too, it was very kind of you! 🙂 I SHALL be back on a daily or regular basis to post my recipes and photos, and thanks SO much for your kind words! I will take a visit to my page later on, and I bet it all looks FAB! I am happy to share this in my comments, if you are happy that is, as I think that some of my readers would LOVE to join eRecipeCards too, and I can vouch for it 100% as a greatw ay to share blogs, recipes as well as meeting new people too…..THANKS so much! Karen
This is going on my to-try list! I love brownie type cakes to be squidgey and fudgey. Mmmmmm, and all those berries too. So indulgent and so what I want a slice of right now.
Thanks Jac, I too like a GOOD squidgy and fudgey type brownie! 🙂 Karen
Fishfingers for tea says
Oh my! This looks pretty much irresistible. Chocolate and fruit is such a fantastic pairing and one I use often but how fantastic to be able to use your own homegrown berries.
Thanks Sian….all my blackcurrants have gone now, and my strawberries have mould from the rain, but, my raspberries are THRIVING!
I am impressed that you have only had one slice as this looks and sounds so delish. Like a lot of folk I do a squidgy raspberry brownie thing (ugh to the cakey types!) but really like the idea of nippy redcurrants. I think I might make this for my daughter to take with her on a car journey with her friend and her friend’s family down to Robin Hood’s Bay. I better get baking as they leave this afternoon!
Thanks Kellie, and Robin Hood’s Bay eh? That is my home turf, not far from me in N Yorkshire! They have all been sold now and I was told by the organisers, that they sol,d in the first half hour! Karen
Ooh err Karen, this sounds absolutely fabulous and truffle definitely does it for me. Just as well as I’m not coming to your cake stall or I might be clearing you out. Summer berries go so well with chocolate and your truffle slice looks rich, decedent and very tempting. Thanks for entering this into WSC 🙂
He he, it’s post birthday clear up time here, so there are rather a lot of chocolate papers lying around the place – never enough though 😉
Thanks! 🙂 I was rather pleased with this bake Choclette, and the berries worked like a dream with my LUSH and TOP NOTCH chocolate!
Homemade by Fleur says
Another super recipe from you Karen. I love brownies so I’m sure I would love this too. Think I would prefer a fudge like texture to the cake so would probably do a shorter bake like you suggest. Great entry into Simple and in Season.
Thanks Fleur! I REALLY love the fudge type brownies too…..sort of like truffles! 🙂
Omg this looks good! Will have to try this!
Karen Booth says
Sue Bowden says
Yet another copied receipe to try out at a later date
Sue Tyler says
They look so squidgy and gooey.. Bookmarked this one!
Hazel Rea says
This looks absolutely wonderful! It’s not a combination I would have immediately thought of – though given how well chocolate and cherries go together it’s logical berries would too.
anthony harrington says
have bookmarked this one – looks scrumptious!
Andrew Petrie says
A beauty- and to hell with the diet and just for good measure add lashings of cream!!
Robyn Loughlin says
Oh I know I’m late to this party finding this, but my mouth is watering. I was supposed to be baking cupcakes today…I think this might have to be done instead!
Julie Davies says
Wow, this looks delicious
John Naylor says
This makes me want it to be summer now.
This sounds like a wonderful, very tasty combination, I don’t think I would be able to resist anyway!
Jayne K says
Wow! That looks so tasty. It would also be a good recipe for my daughter to adapt with gluten free flour.
melanie stirling says
These look so delicious!! I have shared to twitter 🙂
Rebecca Jayne Smith says
shared to twitter 🙂
Shelley Jessup says
I have tweeted this page from @jessups – https://twitter.com/jessups/status/303989562919776256
Shelley Jessup says
I’m sharing this post for a giveaway entry as @jessups on twitter
Fiona Matters says
I do love chocolate… and berries. So this looks like a fabulous combo! My mum particularly loves chocolate and I think she’d adore this. Shared on twitter.
Andrew Petrie says
shared on Facebook.Andrew Petrie
Tracy Nixon says
shared via Google+
Hayley Wells says
I adore the combination of chocolate and fruit in cake. I’ve made my own variation of Nigella’s chocolate fruit cake for many years, but this sounds like it may top that one! Definitely giving it a go, sounds heavenly! X Tweeting @perkyhayley
Lynne OConnor says
This sounds amazing. Tweeted and bookmarked for summer
Fiona Matters says
This looks wonderful – so much chocolate! I love berries too, just lovely. Have shared on g+.
olivia kirby says
Shared to twitter @olivia280177
Looks amazing, I must try this!
Maya Russell says
This looks so nice and I’m sure I’d enjoy it if I made it. Shared on Twitter, @maisietoo.