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Chocolate Espresso Torte

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Serves ten.

This extremely deep, rich, and dark cake tastes great with whipped cream.

  • 5 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 lb. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into pieces; more for the pan
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso or double-strength coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. sifted, finely ground espresso beans (from about 1 heaping Tbs. whole beans)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour; more for the pan

Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch cake pan and line the bottom with kitchen parchment. Butter the parchment and lightly flour the pan, shaking out the excess.

In a small, heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolates and butter, stirring frequently. Set aside. Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the eggs, sugar, brewed espresso, ground espresso beans, and salt on medium-high speed until thick and voluminous, at least 8 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and mix in the butter-chocolate mixture. Turn off the mixer. Sift the flour over the batter and fold until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Set a plate over the torte and carefully invert the torte onto the plate; peel off the parchment. Flip the torte back onto the rack to cool completely before slicing.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 270; Fat (g): fat g 20; Fat Calories (kcal): 180; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 12; Protein (g): protein g 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 24; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 90; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 110; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Easier and, I think, better than the more complicated tortes and flourless chocolate cakes. More consistent results as far as density and texture. I used instant espresso powder instead of the ground beans with great results. Yum! (Although non-chocoholics might think this is too much, I found this was great with a dark chocolate glaze).

Excellent! Deliciously bittersweet.

One of the easiest and quickest recipes yet one of the most delicious!

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