Nutty Orange-Chocolate Flourless Cake

July 21, 2016 Sobeys ..

With a pressed crust of coconut and ground almonds, this decadent flourless torte is topped with a pool of shiny chocolate-orange sauce. Garnish with homemade Candied Orange Slices for total irresistibility.


— Crust
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
½ cup ground almonds
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
— Filling
1 pkg (8 oz/225 g) Sensations by Compliments Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, chopped
½ cup + 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar
½ cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest
3 eggs, separated
1/3 unsalted butter, room temperature
— Chocolate-Orange Topping
2 oz. Sensations by Compliments Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, chopped
¼ cup 35% whipping cream
1 tbsp orange juice concentrate, thawed
Long strips of orange zest or homemade Candied Orange Slices for garnish (optional)

CRUST – Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). In a small bowl, stir together coconut, ground almonds and butter. Let stand at room temperature for 10 min. Line bottom of a 9-inch (23 cm) non-stick springform pan with parchment paper. Lightly press in coconut mixture to cover bottom. Bake in centre of preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
FILLING STEP 1 – Place chocolate and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the sugar in a microwaveable bowl; microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) for 6 minutes or until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring halfway through. Stir in orange juice concentrate and orange zest until smooth; stir in egg yolks and butter.
FILLING STEP 2 – Place egg whites in a clean dry bowl; using a hand-held blender, beat until frothy. Add remaining sugar; beat until soft peaks form.
FILLING STEP 3 – Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture until just combined. Spread filling over crust; bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 35 minutes to 40 minutes or until set but centre is still soft (it will firm up when cool). Let cool in pan on rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
CHOCOLATE-ORANGE TOPPING – Microwave chocolate and whipping cream in a bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) for 4 minutes, stirring halfway through, until just melted; stir in orange juice concentrate. Pour onto centre of cooled torte. Chill for 10 minutes or until set. Garnish with orange zest or Candied Orange Slices (if using).

Chilling time: 3 1/4 hours
Tips: When melting chocolate, begin with a completely dry bowl. Keep a close eye on the chocolate, adjusting the cooking time according to your microwave, to ensure it doesn’t scorch.

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