Dark Chocolate Pecan Torte


4 1 ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs; separated
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoon water
3/4 cup pecans; finely  chopped
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt

      —–Chocolate Glaze—–
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon water
1 1 ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 single hot water

In a small microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate and butter. Microwave on HIGH (100 %) power 1 Minute or until smooth when stirred; cool slightly.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with foil; butter the foil and sides of the pan. Pre-heat the oven to 350 Degrees F.

In a large mixer bowl, combine the chocolate mixture, sugar, and vanilla and beat well. Add the egg yolks, beating well after each addition. Blend in the flour and water, and beat well. Stir in the pecans.

Clean the mixer beaters very well and in a small bowl beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt until stiff peaks form; carefully fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the top appears dry, (The torte will NOT test done in the center). Cool 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Remove the side of the pan. Invert onto a serving plate and carefully remove the bottom of the pan and the foil. Pour the Chocolate Glaze over the torte spreading evenly on the top and sides.

Chocolate Glaze: In a small mixer bowl, combine the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and set aside. In a small microwave safe bowl, place the butter, water, and chocolate. Microwave on HIGH (100 %) power 1 minute or until smooth when stirred. Add to the sugar mixture, beating until smooth. Add hot water, 1/2 Tsp at a time, if needed until the desired consistency is reached.

12 servings

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