A decadent, creamy, chocolate torte topped with a berry sauce. This Flourless Chocolate Torte will be sure to impress!
I am now a week out from my septoplasty and sinus surgery. My splints are out, but I still have packing in place. Despite that, I feel better than I can remember feeling in months. I wake up in the morning without the sensation of “why can I not breathe?!” And instead, wake up feeling good and ready to go.
So, I have two things to say. A) If you need sinus surgery and are looking for others’ experiences, I can full heartedly say that so far, I’m glad I did it. And, the recovery is not as bad as the internet makes it out to be. B) I now have the energy to more fully engage in cooking and create recipe posts. All around win.
So, on to the food! The summer after my husband and I got married, his parents took us on a trip to Alaska. We stayed several nights at Brooks Lodge and several more nights at a private lodge. It was an amazing trip. Not only did we get to see lots of bears up close and personal, but we had some delicious food.
The private lodge was owned by a husband and wife team. The wife had previously been a chef, and cooked all of the meals for us. She did a phenomenal job. One night she made us a flourless chocolate torte that was one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. After dinner I asked if she could tell me how she had made the torte. She didn’t have a recipe, so she wrote down, to the best of her ability, what she remembered doing.
It has been six years since that trip, but this past winter I decided I wanted to make that torte. I used the directions the woman had given me, and it failed. The torte turned out to be a giant, liquid mess. Granted, it was a delicious, giant, liquid mess that I may or may not have eaten with some girlfriends. But still, a fail.
Since then, I have worked and worked to perfect this torte. A couple of weeks ago we had some friends come over for a cookout, and the torte was finally able to make its debut! One of my friends said, “this is THE best flourless chocolate cake I have ever had.” My heart was warmed.
Flourless Chocolate Torte
This flourless chocolate torte is delicious, but is not beautiful. That’s okay though. You top it with some cocoa powder and berries, and it has a nice, rustic look. Here are some tips when making this dessert:
- Quality of chocolate matters. I love Nestle tollhouse semi-sweet chips. If you don’t have these, make sure you use a brand you like. I would not recommend a store brand.
- Do NOT over mix the egg whites. If you do, the cake will rise then fall, making the top very uneven and ugly.
- Do NOT over bake. The beauty of this torte is that it’s moist and rich. No one is ever happy about a dry torte.
- If you have a specific frozen berry you prefer, you can substitute it for the full amount of the mixed berries listed. If frozen passionfruit were available at my grocery store, I’d use it for sure.
Flourless Chocolate Torte
- 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate good quality
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 6 egg whites
- pinch salt
- cocoa powder for topping
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan.
- Use an electric mixer on medium-low speed to beat egg whites and salt until they just start to foam, about 20 seconds. Set aside.
- In a double boiler over medium heat, melt butter and chocolate. Stir constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar and egg yolks.
- Fold in egg whites until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 37-40 minutes (middle of torte should no longer look wet).
- Let cool completely before removing sides of pan.
- Once cooled and removed from pan, sift cocoa powder over top of torte.
- In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, stir together berries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring very frequently, using spoon to squish berries.
- Next, w continuously stirring, add cornstarch. Continue to stir and cook until mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Serve over torte.
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