4/15/2012

Sunday Dinner

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Boneless Roast Leg of Lamb
Flageolets with Garlic Confit
French Baguette

French Silk Torte


Next to a roast chicken and potatoes, roast lamb with beans is one of my favorite Sunday dinners. It is simple, classic, and delicious.  The common thread between the two meals is something chocolate for dessert.  Despite the familiar name, this is no ordinary chocolate French Silk dessert.  Pudding poured into a pie crust this is not.  If you are looking for a French Silk dessert pushed to the very edges of texture and flavor, you will have found it upon tasting this torte.  Notice that it serves 12 to 16.  You don't need to eat a doorstop sized piece of this deeply rich dessert to fully experience it in all of its decadent glory.  



French Silk Torte
serves 12-16

For the Crust
3/4 cup pecans, toasted in a 300º F oven for 20 minutes
1 cup walnuts, toasted in a 300º F oven for 20 minutes
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
8 Tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of Kosher salt

For the Filling
1 1/4 pounds semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
12 Tablespoons ( 6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 extra large eggs
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Topping
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Crust
Line a 9-inch springform pan with a round of parchment paper; set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the pecans, walnuts, and brown sugar and pulse until the nuts are coarsely chopped.  Pour the nut mixture into a medium bowl, add the butter and salt, and stir until the nuts are evenly moistened.  Press the nut mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.

For the Filling
Melt the chocolate and espresso in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  While the chocolate is melting, combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.  Switch to the whip attachment and add the eggs, two at a time, mixing well after each addition; scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip until well blended, about 2 minutes (the mixture will look curdled).

Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and stir until smooth and warm but not hot.  With the mixer on low, add the chocolate to the egg mixture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix on low speed until the chocolate is fully incorporated.  Add the cream and vanilla and mix until blended.  Spread the filling over the crust and refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.  The torte can be made and refrigerated 2 days in advance.

For the Topping
In a chilled bowl, whisk together the cream and sugar until soft peaks form.  Using an off-set spatula, spread the topping over the chilled filling (torte can be refrigerated for up to 2 hours at this point).  When ready to serve, run a hot, dry knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the torte, remove the pan sides and transfer the torte to a serving platter.  Slice the torte with a hot, dry knife and serve chilled.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Classic Stars Dessert, by Emily Luchetti

10 comments:

  1. How might we get a recipe for the gougeres?

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    1. This is my first time making these particular gougères. If they are tasty, I will certainly be sharing the recipe soon:) In the meantime, I do have a Hickory, Bacon and Corn Gougères under the Appetizer section of my Recipe page.

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  2. Luscious, delicate, I want to try this recipe! Wish me luck...

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  3. Wish I could come to a Sunday dinner--always sound sooo amazing!

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    1. My door is always open ☺!

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  4. That really does look so silken and sinful !

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  5. My mouth is watering!
    I'm pinning it

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  6. This will be perfect next to all the roasts protein and carbohydrates! I've been dying to try silk pie as well :(

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  7. This is stunning and beautiful!!! You have such an amazing collection of cake recipes!! Glad to have found you through tastespotting :)

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