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Rich, Dense Chocolate-Pecan Torte

Yield 8 servings
A dollop of unsweetened whipped cream suits this torte that tastes like a buttery toffee bar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 ounces sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • Unsweetened whipped cream

How to Make It

  1. Line bottom of an 8" springform pan with wax paper or parchment paper.

  2. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add first 5 ingredients. Pulse 10 to 12 times or until pecans are finely chopped and mixture is combined. Firmly press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.

  3. Bake at 325° for 14 minutes; cool in pan on a wire rack. Carefully remove sides of springform pan. Invert crust onto a serving plate. Carefully remove bottom of pan and paper. Replace sides of springform pan around crust on plate.

  4. Place chocolates in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts. Remove from heat.

  5. Bring whipping cream to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat (do not boil). Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot cream into egg yolk; add to remaining hot cream, stirring constantly.

  6. Cook over medium heat just until mixture reaches 160°. Gradually whisk cream mixture into melted chocolate, stirring until thick and blended. Pour chocolate over crust in prepared pan. Cover and chill thoroughly.

  7. Run a knife around edge of pan and carefully remove sides of pan. Let torte stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Top each serving with whipped cream.