Yield
one 11" torte

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until soft and creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, beating well.

Step 2

Combine flour, salt, and allspice; add to butter mixture alternately with melted chocolate, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in almonds. Divide dough in half.

Step 3

Roll half of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper to an 11" circle. Freeze 15 minutes. Press remaining half of dough into an 11" tart pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 5 minutes. Stir jam well and spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate morsels.

Step 5

Remove top sheet of wax paper from frozen circle of dough; cut into 1/2"-wide strips, using a fluted pastry wheel. Arrange strips in lattice design over torte, sealing ends of strips to prebaked crust.

Step 6

Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Serve torte at room temperature with whipped cream.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995

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