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!

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 20

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

Special equipment:

  • 9 inch spring-form pan

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...