feast: flourless chocolate torte.
02 August 2013
A few weeks back, the kids and I were enjoying a series of hot summer days. We were eating lots of melon and playing outside-- generally feeling light and happy. And, then, a hot night led to a lack of ability to sleep and the desire for something slightly decadent. We were having family stop by the next day and decided to whip up a (quick, easy... and gluten-free) decadent dessert. It's one of my favorites and I don't think I've ever shared it. Enjoy!
Flourless Chocolate Torte
12 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
12 ounces of dark chocolate (Choose a chocolate profile that you like. I prefer a very dark, bitter chocolate so I use something with a high percentage of cocoa for this recipe.)
6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup of sugar pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
a pinch of cayenne pepper
unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting the pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a double broiler, melt the butter and remove from heat. Slowly stir in the chocolate and allow to melt completely. Beat the egg yolks and slowly add the yolks to the warm chocolate mixture. Stir slowly and constantly to allow the eggs to create a smooth texture as they incorporate. (You don't want scrambled eggs in the chocolate!). Add the salt, cinnamon and cayenne. Stir and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff.
Slowly fold the chocolate into the egg white mixture until the two are incorporated. You shouldn't see any white streaks, but be careful to not stir the air out of the whites. Stir just until they are combined.
Butter a spring form pan and dust with the cocoa powder. Pour the batter into the pan and place on a cookie sheet. Insert the torte into the oven on the top rack. On a lower rack, place another cookie sheet and fill it with water. Close the door and cook for 40-50 minutes. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out almost clean (a few crumbs are good in this recipe!).
Enjoy the torte on it's own or, as we did recently, topped with unsweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries.