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Chocolate Walnut Torte

Author/Submitted by: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Servings: 6
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

8  ounces  Bittersweet chocolate, Ghirardelli
3/4  cup  Butter
4    Eggs, separated
3/4  cup  Sugar, divided
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
1/4  cup  Unsifted flour
2/3  cup  Walnuts, ground
    Cream of tartar

Chocolate Rum Glaze
4  ounces  Bittersweet chocolate, Ghirardelli
2  tablespoons  Butter
1  tablespoon  Light corn syrup
1  tablespoon  Dark rum, optional

1. In heavy saucepan on low heat, melt broken chocolate with butter, stirring constantly until smooth; set aside. Beat egg yolks for 1 to 2 minutes, gradually adding 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla. Beat in chocolate mixture. Fold in flour and nuts. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Blend a fourth of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 F for 30 to 35 min or until sides start to separate from pan but center is still moist. Cool on rack. Remove torte from pan. Frost with Chocolate Rum Glaze.

2. Chocolate Rum Glaze: In heavy saucepan on low heat, melt broken chocolate with butter, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in corn syrup and rum. Place torte upside-down on a rack over tray to catch excess glaze. Spread a very thin layer of glaze over top and sides of torte to set surface. Chill 15 minutes to firm glaze. Reheat remaining glaze to thin and pour over top and sides of torte. When glaze is firm, remove cake from rack to large plate. Decorate top and sides with shaved chocolate, if desired. For shiny glaze, store cake at room temp until serving time.

This is from the back of the Ghirardelli Chocolate bar. There is a cookbook offer on the package also: Over 150 pages filled with delicious and original recipes. To order, send your name, address, zip code and $7 check or money order payable to Ghirardelli and addressed to: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company 1111-139 th Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94578-2671 Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Offer good only in the United States.

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