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Flourless Almond & Chocolate Torte

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Flourless Almond & Chocolate Torte

Flourless Almond & Chocolate Torte

March 4, 2019

 

About a week ago, I won my first Instagram giveaway and boy I couldn’t have been more excited. Up until that point, giveaway’s were always a spectacle that I would participate in, but never really believed in because, tbh, the odds of winning are just so low. But lo-and-behold, my cake stand from Cloudy Kitchen & American Heirloom came in just a couple days ago and I have been giddy trying to figure out what I should make to complement the beautiful cake stand.

This recipe is inspired by classic French pastries that are filled with decadent chocolate and fragrant almond frangipane. As a budding pastry boy, a trip to Paris was probably the most exciting experience I could have ever hoped for. Life there was simple, yet there was so much appreciation for complexities — the art, the fashion, the pastries. Biting down into a fresh baked croissant every morning to satisfy my fat kid inside was a life simply too good to be true. This recipe is an amalgam and homage to those memories & experiences. Thus, wanting to highlight the simplicity of the cake stand, I figured there was nothing more fitting to do so than a classic fan favorite — flourless chocolate torte.

My flourless chocolate torte recipe is one I have tested over the years with countless flavor combinations and ingredient ratios — and I have to say, this chocolate & almond combo is by far my favorite. The aromatic almond complements the bitter chocolate like two peas in a pod and the melt-in-your-mouth texture remind me of all the intricate Parisian pastries I had sampled a couple years back. So without further ado, a classic recipe simplified for the masses: flourless almond & chocolate torte, the Brad & Butter way.

 
 

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Flourless Almond & Chocolate Torte

Brad & Butter | Mar 4, 2019

Ingredients (makes one 6-inch round)

For the Flourless Almond & Chocolate Torte
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 tbsp. granulated white sugar
  • 5 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Almond Whipped Cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. granulated white sugar
  • shaved chocolate or chocolate chips (optional)
  • toasted almond slivers (optional)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (for dusting, optional)
Flourless Almond & Chocolate Torte
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 6 inch round cake tin and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter over a bain marie, whisking to combine. Set aside to cool slightly. While your chocolate & butter mixture is cooling, separate your egg yolks and egg whites. Once the chocolate & butter mixture is cool to the touch, beat in the yolks and set aside. In as separate bowl, make a French Meringue with the egg whites and sugar, whisking until medium-stiff peaks.
  3. Carefully fold the egg whites into the chocolate, butter, & egg yolk mixture in three batches. On the third addition, add the salt, almond extract, vanilla extract, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Working quickly but carefully, fold until fully incorporated.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake tin and bake for approximately 23-26 minutes or until the cake springs back when prodded slightly and the top begins to form cracks. Cool the flourless almond & chocolate torte until cool enough to handle before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Almond Whipped Cream
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until it holds medium-soft peaks.
Assembly
  1. Once the cake has cooled completely, top with the fresh almond whipped cream, shaved chocolate or chocolate chips, toasted almonds, and cocoa powder, if desired.
  2. Enjoy!