Friday, April 10, 2009

Passover/Easter: Flourless Chocolate Torte

Since Easter was during Passover this year, I helped my mom make a flourless chocolate torte for Easter dessert so that all in my multi-religioned family could enjoy it. ;) This chocolatey treat can be for any occasion though. It is super easy to throw together too—just be sure to serve it hot and with ice cream. :)

Flourless Chocolate Torte
from Southern Living

Unsweetened cocoa
Two 8-oz. packages semisweet chocolate squares, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. butter
5 eggs, separated
1 T. vanilla extract
1/4 c. sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa. Set aside.

Melt chopped chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan on low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.

Whisk together egg yolks and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir about a 1/4 cup of egg mixture into warm chocolate mixture to temper eggs. Gradually stir the chocolate mixture into the remaining egg mixture; whisk until well blended.

Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until sugar dissolves and stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of beaten egg white mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes. Let stand in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes before running a knife around pan and removing sides of pan. Serve warm. (Don't be too concerned if craters form before your eyes... it happens.)



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