Madey Edlin

chocolate torte

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm


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Long, long week. So I decided to end on a sweet note (sorry), and headed into the kitchen with that childish-like ambition of making a chocolate cake, but decided to go for a more sophisticated twist on the child dream so I went for a chocolate torte. The recipe I ended up using consisted of a dense, nearly flourless torte base (I know most real tortes are made with out flour, but hey, I liked it with a little flour) that was topped with a thick layer of chocolate mousse, a thinner layer of whipped cream and finished with raspberries. What could be better? Not much in my opinion.
The whole thing ended up being rather a simple project, to my surprise. If you can read, and use the stove without burning yourself you should have no problem.

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The original recipe had bad reviews for the mousse so I made the mousse from the two toned chocolate mousse recipe, a great standard mousse recipe, and used the cake recipe from Epicurious. I didn’t have raspberries so you are gong to have to imagine that there is a nice circle of fresh raspberries along the edge of the torte.

[Makes 1, 10″ cake]

Notes: I used unsweetened chocolate for the cake. And only 2 teaspoons vanilla.
In the mousse and I used honey instead of corn syrup. Adjustments
have been made from the two toned chocolate mousse, use recipe as follows. I used semi sweet chocolate for the mousse, though dark, or milk chocolate would also work here. It works well to make the mousse while the cake is baking. I used about 1 cup cream, 1/4 powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla for the top layer.

Cake

  • 8 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Mousse

  • 1 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cup light corn syrup (I used honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Salt
  • 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Cake
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan; dust with sugar. Melt chocolate and butter in heavy large saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time, blending well after each addition. Mix in vanilla and salt, then flour. Pour batter into pan. Bake until cake just rises in center (tester inserted into center will not come out clean), about 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cover; chill while making mousse.

Mousse

Put cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 3 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate 1 hour. Put egg yolks into the clean bowl of the mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment; beat on high speed until pale and frothy, 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring sugar, corn syrup, and water to a rolling boil in a small, heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook until clear, large bubbles form, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low. Carefully pour hot syrup down side of bowl. Raise speed to medium-high. Mix until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a pinch of salt with a rubber spatula. Add one-third of bittersweet-chocolate mixture to whipped cream; whisk to combine. Add remaining bittersweet-chocolate mixture, whisking until completely combined. Press through a large-mesh sieve into a large bowl. (I fold in the other 2/3 of the whipped cream for a lighter texture.)
Assemble cake: Spread the mousse into a thick layer, then whipped cream (see note), and finish with raspberries.

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(Original recipes by Epicurious, and Martha Stewart. Adapted by M.E.)
(Photography by M.E. photography madeyedlin.tumblr.com)

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  1. That looks so good. And I like the artsy picture of the batter being whisked. I'm going to have to try this. I've been craving mousse for an age; I don't think desserts get much better than this!

  2. that is so beautiful i will have to try that one, so elegant! ^-^

  3. @Rogers Family You like my self pic skills ? It's amazing what you can do with timer! 🙂 @Pat Keven and Kids, Thank you!!

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