Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Torte

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet, and toast for 8-10 minutes. Be careful that they don't burn. Remove from oven and place on a towel. Take another towel, place over nuts and rub gently to remove skins. Allow to cool, then place in a food processor and pulse untl finely ground. Be careful not to grind into a paste. Set aside.
  • Heat sugar, coffee and chocolate in a double boiler. Stir until chocolate melts. Set aside.
  • Place butter in mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Stir in chocolate mixture, almond and vanilla extract, and rice flour.
  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites, until stiff enough to hold a peak. Fold half the egg whites into the chocolate batter. Gently fold in the rest of the egg whites. Pour batter into a greased 8-inch cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  • Heat heavy cream, with butter, until just boiling. Turn off heat and add chocolate and vanilla, and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes, whisk until smooth.
  • Take cake out of refrigerator. Thinly spread two tablespoons of ganache over the cake, as a crumb coat. Spread raspberry jam over the top of the crumb coat. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Place wire rack on a baking sheet. Place cake on rack and pour ganache over the cake. Evenly coat the cake using a spatula. Decorate the perimeter with whole hazelnuts, place on a plate, refrigerate until ready to serve.

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