Warm Dark Chocolate Torte (a dessert to die for!)
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4 of the most delicious tortes that you have ever ta
- 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1⁄2 cup chocolate pastry cream (see following recipe and directions)
- 1 1 cup blackberries or 1 cup pitted cherries (, or any fresh berries that you like!)
CHOCOLATE PASTRY CREAM INGREDIENTS
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 8 ounces milk
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 ounce dark semi-sweet chocolate, grated
- -----TOMAKE THE CHOCOLATE PASTRY CREAM-----.
- Place the cornstarch in a small nonstick saucepan.
- Whisk in ¼ cup of the milk until smooth, and then whisk in the remaining ¾ cup milk.
- Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the saucepan, and then add the bean.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove from the heat.
- In a small bowl, beat together the egg, egg yolk, and sugar.
- Beating constantly add a small amount of the milk mixture to the egg mixture to temper it.
- Beating constantly, add the egg mixture to the milk mixture in the saucepan.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until the mixture has thickened.
- Strain through a very fine sieve into a clean bowl.
- Mix in the grated chocolate.
- (NOTE: In other recipes, the sauce may be used/served warm or chilled. Store any extra, unused sauce, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days).
- -----TOMAKE THE WARM CHOCOLATE TORTE-----.
- Spray 4 (4-oz.) ramekins with nonstick spray.
- Lightly dust the interior of the ramekins with confectioners’ sugar.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the egg whites in a medium bowl.
- Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy.
- Gradually add 3 tablespoons of superfine granulated sugar and beat on high speed until the whites are stiff and shiny.
- Fold in the pastry cream.
- Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.
- Pipe the mixture into the prepared ramekins, piping in a spiral motion to fill the ramekins halfway.
- Divide the berries over the meringue.
- Pipe 2 additional circles of meringue over the berries.
- Place the ramekins on a baking sheet, and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the meringue is just set.
- Serve warm.
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