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Chocolate Espresso-Nut Torte

I love chocolate and nuts, and they come together deliciously in this torte. Serve it with sweetened whipped cream or your favorite ice cream. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    14 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GANACHE:
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line the bottom of a greased 9-in springform pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and dust with cocoa. Set aside.
  • Place hazelnuts and brown sugar in a food processor; cover and process until ground. In a second large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add 1 egg yolk at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the melted chocolate, espresso powder, extract and salt. Gradually add hazelnut mixture.
  • In the first large bowl, with clean beaters beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Spread into prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove sides of pan and invert onto a serving plate.
  • Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache reaches a spreading consistency, about 30 minutes.
  • Spread ganache over top and sides of cake; press almonds onto sides. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 387 calories, 32g fat (13g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.
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