This gluten free chocolate decadence is something you just have to make this Valentine’s Day!
This Valentine’s day, I share with you a recipe that is very special to my heart. This Flourless Chocolate Almond Torte was a last minute decision, the very first time I made it. AJ was away to Beijing for work for a week and was coming back home. I wanted to make something special but deciding on something was not so easy alongside managing a 5 month old baby. I procrastinated the decision making and when it was finally that day, I picked up this really old cookbook with chocolate recipes in it. It was one of those books with no author to it and just had a collection of chocolate cakes and cookies and other recipes. I dont even know where I bought it from. So, anyways, I picked up this book and was going through it, desperately trying to get some inspiration and thats when I saw this chocolate almond torte.
It looked pretty. The time taken to bake it was something I could manage. I ran through the ingredient list and I had everything I needed. I proceeded to bake. That is when I saw that this barely had any flour in it. Just 3 tablespoon of all purpose flour. Its a torte, I know, but still I had never baked with that less flour and I was pretty sure that I was gonna spend some wasteful time trying make something that is only going to be a huge disaster. I continued. Mixed up everything and poured it into the pan and set it to bake!
When the oven beeped, I checked to see if it was done, it seemed to need a couple more minutes of baking. So I let it do its thing. The oven beeped again and it was done. I took it out. It looked alright.
Flash forward a few hours. AJ was home, everyone was happy, we all ate lunch and then I served this for dessert. And OMG! was it the best thing ever or what? It was the moistest chocolate cake of sorts, yet not really a cake, it was a little dense but not in a bad way. I couldnt express myself. AJ was completely blown over and I had to try hard to convince him to save some for later.
8 oz semi sweet chocolate
2 tbsp water
⅓ cup brown sugar
1½ stick / 6 oz butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp almond meal
5 eggs, separated
⅓ cup almond slices
powdered sugar and raspberries or any other fruits for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a spring form pan with cooking spray and keep aside.
Melt the chocolate with the water over medium heat, add the brown sugar and let it melt. Stir along. Add the butter about 2 tbsp at a time and let it melt into the chocolate mixture. Add the vanilla extract. Mix well.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the almond meal to it, whisk well to incorporate. Add the egg yolks one by one, mixing it well.
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