Sunday, February 3, 2008

Flourless chocolate torte (and I don't DO sweets!)

Well, in the phone conversations over the morning we have this hodgepodge of a dinner on track. I guess. But there's no dessert THAT I KNOW OF Too, too easy and this is a groaner. Which is why I'm sharing the recipe because NO. I won't make you six for a fundraiser because BEEN THERE! DONE THAT!

Flourless Chocolate Torte

11 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups ground pecans
3/4 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces dark chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons Madagascar vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour an eight-inch springform pan. Or cake pan. Melt butter and remove from heat. Stir in pecans, sugar, cocoa, salt and one teaspoon vanilla. Add eggs and beat well. Pour into pan and bake 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely. Melt chocolate chips. Whip cream, fold in melted chocolate and one teaspoon vanilla. Top the torte with the whipped cream. If you have a dark chocolate candy bar somewhere in the house, either use a vegetable peeler or a grater and shave chocolate onto the top of the torte. That overkill thing, you know. Keep refrigerated.

Be careful with the pecans if you're grinding them can end up with pecan butter. Better is to buy "pecan meal" which is not only exactly what you need but costs about 1/4 of pecan halves.

You can go onto eBay and buy these...pans. They are called well, I don't know what they're called but the pan is an Ekco Baker's Secret. It says Duncan Hines/Tiara Desserts. The edges are fluted and the center is raised, so when you invert the torte the entire center is sunken and then you fill it in with the chocolate whipped cream. This works.

This keeps well...when The Child From The Defective Gene Pool got married I made 14 of these. Ahead of time. Then the caterer filled them with the whipped cream come serving time and they actually ended up saving us...THE WEDDING CAKE DIDN'T SHOW UP, and the fact that we had a dessert table saved the night. That and my lovely talented friend of The Construction Company because as soon as we realized what had happened he raided the freezer at Winn Dixie, created a cake out of thin air and fresh flowers, and no one knew but us!

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