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Chocolate Walnut Tweed Torte


Serves 10 to 12

  • by from Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts

Loads of ground bittersweet chocolate and walnuts held together with meringue produce a moist, deceptively light cake with a speckled (tweedy) appearance and intense chocolate flavor—without flour or even egg yolks. It’s perfect for Passover, and, of course, it’s gluten free. Whipped cream on top accentuates the flavor of the nuts and balances the jolt of bittersweet. Glorious, and simple as can be.

  • 1 cup (3.5 oz.) walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. (4.375 oz.) sugar
  • 9 oz. bittersweet chocolate (70% to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium orange (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup egg whites (from 7 to 8 large eggs)
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Pulse the walnuts with 1 Tbs. of the sugar in a food processor until finely ground. Scrape the nuts into another bowl. Use a paper towel to wipe excess oil from the sides of the processor bowl, add the chocolate with 1 Tbs. sugar, and pulse until it forms crumbs ranging in size from coarse meal to 1/4-inch bits. Add the chocolate to the nuts, along with the orange zest, if using, and salt, and stir to combine. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar in a large clean, dry bowl at medium speed until the egg whites are creamy white and soft peaks are formed when the beaters are lifted. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating at medium-high speed until the egg whites are glossy and stiff but not dry.

Pour half of the chocolate mixture over the egg whites and fold in with a large rubber spatula until nearly incorporated. Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture, folding just until evenly incorporated.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the torte is puffed and golden brown on top and springs back when gently pressed with your fingers; a toothpick inserted in the center should come out moist and possibly stained with melted chocolate, but not coated with raw batter. Set the pan on a rack to cool. Slide a thin knife or a small metal spatula around the sides of the torte to release it from the pan. Remove the pan sides and transfer the cake to a serving platter.

Serve slices with a dollop of whipped cream.

Make Ahead Tips

The torte can be kept at room temperature, covered or under a cake dome, for up to 3 days, or frozen, well wrapped, for up to 3 months; bring to room temperature before serving.

Photo: Sang An

I have made this recipe a few times. Be sure to use fresh egg whites. I found that one brand of pasteurized egg whites (in a carton) whipped up just like fresh, while another brand would not whip at all and had to be thrown out. To be sure to get the best results, don't take a chance on egg whites in a carton—use fresh eggs. This also works great with other kinds of nuts--hazelnuts or pecans, for example. BTW, I am trying to give this five stars, but the stars aren't showing.

I first made this for my mother who has celiac and is gluten free. Big hit. Second time I made it was during the summer in Connecticut, not such a big hit in the humidity. It's a great option if you're serving gluten free guests and tonight I'm taking it to a Passover dinner.

Thank goodness gluten free can taste this good!

This was very good and very simple to make. A great way to use up left over egg whites. I found the flavour of the walnuts failed to come through and next time I would not grind them as finely. However, for a cake with no butter or egg yolks it was very moist.

Loved this recipe and so easy to do!! Definitely a keeper!!

I just made this for my Grandpa who is Gluten Free. I didn't have walnuts so substituted with pecans instead. Very nice & will definitely be making again!

Made this torte for my dad on his birthday and everyone really enjoyed it. It's very light in texture yet very delicious. It's simple - just a few ingredients, and easy to make. We ate it with whipped cream!

Really liked this cake... light and not sweet. Used pecans instead of walnuts, otherwise prepared as indicated. I also used a parchment-lined 10 inch pan but will use the recommended springform next time for easier removal.

Missing in the instructions is the pan diameter. I used a 10 inch pan, baked it for 40 minutes. Turned out great. Appreciate having gluten-free recipes identified as a group.

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