Chocolate, Date & Almond Filo Cake

If Christmas pudding isn't for you, take a look at these fabulous AGA Festive Christmas dessert alternatives. Recipes created by AGA Demonstrator Penny Zako. 

Chocolate, Date & Almond Filo Cake

275g filo pastry sheets

50g unsalted butter – melted

Filling:

75g unsalted butter

115g plain chocolate – broken into pieces

115g ground almonds

115g chopped dates

75g icing sugar

10ml rose or orange water

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Extra icing sugar, cinnamon and coco powder to dust

1. Grease an AGA frying pan. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl in the AGA warming oven or on the top, alternatively, if you have an AGA induction hob, you can use the melting function.

2. Stir in all the remaining ingredients and combine to form a paste, leave to cool.

3. Lay out a sheet of filo and brush with the melted butter, lay a second sheet on top and brush again with butter.

4. Roll the chocolate paste into a sausage shape and place at the edge of the filo pastry; roll the pastry tightly around. Make enough rolls to fill the pan.

5. Brush the top with butter and bake in the middle of the AGA baking oven for 30-35 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and crisp. Allow to cool and remove from the pan, dust with icing sugar, cinnamon and coco powder.

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