16. Croatia – Bajadera Torte

Today is Croatia National Day. I decided to make something sweet to celebrate, and came across a great recipe on About.com that I’ve adapted slightly. This is a no-bake recipe that combines biscuit crumbs, nuts and chocolate.

Bajadera Torte is named after Bajadera chocolates, which are apparently very popular in Croatia. This torte is rich as anything, so you only need a teeny bit at a time for a sweet treat.

Bajadera Torte

7 ounces of butter biscuits (I used Scotch Fingers)
1.5 cups of nuts (I used a combination of walnuts and blanched almonds)
1 and 1/4 cups of sugar
4 oz butter
1/4 cup water
3oz dark chocolate

Glaze
3.5 oz milk chocolate
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp water
3oz butter

1. Place biscuits and nuts into food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl.

2. Combine butter, sugar and water (either microwave or in a saucepan over a low heat) until dissolved. Stir and add to biscuit mixture and combine well. Divide mixture in half in two bowls.
3. Press one half of the mixture into an 8″ x 8″ square tin. Use damp fingers to press into the tin and even out.

4. Melt the chocolate and add to the other half of the biscuit mixture. Combine well. Press the chocolate biscuit mixture into the tin and use dampened fingers to press and even out.

Chocolate glaze
Over a saucepan of boiling water, melt remaining chocolate, sugar and water, stir to combine. Gradually add the butter, stirring until completely smooth. Pour over the torte and let cool. Refrigerate to make the cutting easier.

A perfect treat with a cuppa!

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