No-bake chocolate biscuit cake with nuts
800 g digestive biscuits
100 g walnuts or hazelnuts
200 g sugar
60 g unsweetened cocoa powder
240 ml water
150 g butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup whipping cream
120 g dark and milk chocolate, chopped
Break the biscuit into small pieces into a large bowl.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium high heat and toast nuts for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to toast evenly. Add toasted nuts over the biscuits.
In a medium sauce pan add sugar and cocoa powder. Stir to combine and gradually add water, while stirring to combine well. Add the butter and place over medium heat. Bring to boil for about 7-8 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Set aside to cool slightly for about 15 minutes.
Pour the syrup over the biscuits and nuts and combine well using a large spatula or spoon.
Transfer the mixture into a non-stick round cake ware. Press well using the back of the spoon or an offset spatula.
Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to 1 hr before preparing the chocolate ganache.
To prepare Chocolate Ganache: place cream into a small saucepan and heat until just begins to boil. Pour hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
Pour ganache over the chocolate biscuit cake and refrigerate to set for about 3-4 hours or overnight before serving.
Decorate with toasted nuts if desired, cut into slices and serve.