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Chocolate Ganache Torte

This over-the-top rich chocolate ganache torte is made with two pounds of chocolate, a stick of butter, and a cup of cream. It earns being called Death-By-Chocolate!

Chocolate Ganache Torte
Elise Bauer

This over-the-top chocolate torte recipe comes here by way of my friend Rob Kent, who is famous among his friends for showing up at various birthday parties and special events bringing what is affectionately known as "Death by Chocolate".

I can only handle eating a piece of Rob's Chocolate Ganache Torte once every few years. It serves at least 20, so it's a great dessert to make for a gathering. Think giant chocolate truffle, in a chocolate cookie pecan crust, covered with a caramel sauce.

Chocolate Torte with caramel sauce
Elise Bauer

The Best Cookies for Making The Torte Crust

The crust for this torte is similar to a graham cracker crust, but made with pecans and thin chocolate wafers, such as “Nabisco’s Famous” chocolate wafers.

Process them together in a food processor, then add melted butter until the mixture holds together when pressed.

Can This Recipe Be Made Gluten-Free?

The cookies contain the only gluten in this recipe, so swap them out for gluten-free chocolate wafers if you'd like to make a gluten-free dessert.

What to Make-Ahead (and What to Do Last Minute)

The crust and the ganache filling can be made the day before you plan to serve the torte. Keep refrigerated until you're ready to serve.

Wait to make the sauce until just before serving. The warm sauce over the chilled torte is what makes this dessert so special.

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Chocolate Ganache Torte

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 75 mins
Servings 20 servings

Ingredients

  • For the shell:
  • One 9-ounce box “Nabisco’s Famous” chocolate wafers, or your favorite chocolate nut cookies
  • 2/3 cup pecans
  • 4 Tbsp (2 ounces, 1/2 stick) butter, melted (you may need less)
  • For the filling:
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of the best available semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, well chopped into small pieces (use brick chocolate, not chips)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces, 1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (or more) heavy whipping cream
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces, 1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 1/4 cups (a pound) cane sugar (white granulated sugar)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Prepare the crust:

    Process the wafers and pecans in a food processor (or chop by hand) until fine, then add enough melted butter so that it holds together when you press a little in your fist.

    Press this mixture evenly into the spring-form pan along the bottom and halfway up the sides.

    Bake in a 350°F oven at for 20 minutes, then set aside to cool.

  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the ganache filling:

    In double boiler (or a heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water), melt the butter and then add the chocolate.

    When chocolate has melted and is swirl-able, slowly add the whipping cream, stirring slowly, until mixture is blended and smooth. Pour ganache mixture into the prepared shell.

  4. Refrigerate for at least four hours
  5. Prepare the caramel sauce before serving (the sauce, served warm, should accompany the torte, served cold):

    Melt the butter over medium high heat in a thick bottomed, high sided pot (at least 3-qt).

    Add the sugar. Stir to combine. Increase the heat to high. Stir as the sugar melts. It will take a few minutes.

    Once the mixture is melted, there may still be some lumps. Use a whisk and whisk to dissolve the lumps.

    When the mixture is brown and smooth, and the sugar all dissolved, remove from heat.

    Slowly add the cream, a quarter cup at a time, stirring briskly until well blended and smooth. Note that the mixture will bubble up and steam significantly as you add the cream. This is why we are using a high sided pot. Protect your hands with oven mitts or use a long handled wooden spoon to stir.

    The mixture will be very hot. Let cool until warm, but not hot, before serving.

    One nine-inch torte has been known to serve twenty adults, so be careful...

Note from Rob:

This torte was conceived by Freshfields restaurant in West Cornwall, CT. Astoundingly, they give away recipes, and I was merely brave enough to have asked for it. - RHK

Links:
Michael Ruhlman writes about ganache

Chocolate Ganache Torte
Elise Bauer