Recipe by Soma Sengupta
Below I give you my favorite dessert recipe. It’s so easy a child can do it to perfection. Just melt, mix, pour, bake. And out comes the most intense chocolate experience. I accompany this with whipped cream (beat heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract until semi stiff. Use your senses, taste & smell & DO NOT overwhip. If you raise your beater, cream should hold, but needn’t stand up & salute) and strawberry sauce (thaw a container of frozen strawberries or any berries and liquefy in a blender or by a hand-held). Both are ridiculously easy to make too but are celestial accompaniments to this torte.
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (Baker’s is fine, but go wild if you want)
- 8 ounces salted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (this cannot be imitation. Trust me!)
- 4 large eggs
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 f.
- Butter at 9″ round cake pan, line the bottom with a round of parchment paper cut to fit, butter the paper and dust the pan with cocoa powder, shake out excess.
- Place broken up chocolate and melt with the butter in a heavy saucepan over lowest possible heat & cover. Or, you can place the pan in another pan containing simmering water. Remove cover when partially melted & stir. When fully melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar, stirring until no sugar granules are visible. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Pour into pan and place in a jelly roll pan, adding a small amount of hot water. Bake about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool. REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT.
- Run a sharp knife around the rim, place a cake plate or cutting board over the top of the pan, and turn it over, bang several times if you need to dislodge the cake.
- Let stand for 30-45 minutes until sides are soft enough to be smoothed with a knife. Remove parchment round.
- You can serve the whipped cream on the side. I spread all of it (I usually whip 2 cups) in a thick layer, as thick as the torte, on the torte. It looks spectacular! If you do this, refrigerate the iced torte.
- If you don’t ice, sprinkle the entire top with cocoa powder. Sometimes, the top can look a little messy, but this makes it look beautiful.
- Easy? The best things are.