Chocolate Almond Flourless Torte

Ingredients & Directions


10 oz Good imported bittersweet
-chocolate; broken into
-pieces
1/2 c Unsalted butter or margarine
— (1 stick); at room
-temperature
1/2 c Granulated sugar; plus more
For sprinkling
5 lg Eggs; separated
1/3 c Finely-ground almonds; (done
-in a food
Processor)
2 tb Kosher-for-Passover cognac
-or dark rum
Whipped cream
Fresh raspberries;
-(optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and grease well a 9-inch springform pan
and line bottom with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in a double
boiler over hot, not boiling water. When the chocolate is melted,
turn off the heat and leave it over the hot water to cool slowly.
Meanwhile in a large bowl, beat the butter with 1/4 cup of the sugar
until the mixture is fluffy and almost white. Add egg yolks and beat
for 1 minute. Add the almonds and cognac and beat 2 minutes more. In
a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until light and foamy while
gradually adding the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Continue beating the
whites until they are stiff and shiny. Add the melted chocolate to
the egg yolk mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until well
combined. Fold in 1/4 of this chocolate mixture into the egg whites;
then gradually fold the egg whites back into the rest of the
chocolate mixture, taking care not to deflate the batter. Pour the
mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until
a tester comes out covered with a thick, moist, not wet, and crumby
coating. Allow cake to cool for 30 minutes in the pan. Loosen the
edges with a knife and carefully turn the cake out onto a plate.
Remove the parchment paper. Sprinkle with the sugar. Serve at room
temperature or chilled with whipped cream and raspberries on the
side. This recipe yields 10 to 12 servings.


Yields
10 servings

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