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Chocolate Mint Torte

Post  justmecookin on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:37 pm

Chocolate Mint Torte

Vegetable-oil cooking spray
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (8 tablespoons)
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 teaspoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, for dusting
18 fresh mint leaves, (preferably peppermint), for garnish
Freshly whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Chocolate Mint Leaves

Set a roasting pan on lowest rack of oven. Fill pan halfway with water. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-41/4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Cut parchment paper large enough to cover bottom and to hang over long sides of loaf pan. Place in loaf pan; coat with cooking spray.

Put chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Heat, stirring, until melted. Remove from heat; let cool slightly.

Put heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl; set aside.

Put eggs and sugar in the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk on medium-high speed until tripled in volume, 3 to 4 minutes. Gently fold half of the chocolate mixture into egg mixture until almost incorporated; fold in remaining chocolate mixture. Fold in reserved whipped cream and the peppermint extract.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Set loaf pan in roasting pan. Bake until chocolate loses its sheen and appears set when loaf pan is jiggled, about 25 minutes.

Carefully transfer roasting pan to a heatproof surface. Remove loaf pan from water bath; let cool completely on a rack.
Pulling up on parchment, remove torte from pan; transfer to a baking sheet.

Refrigerate 30 minutes. Using an offset spatula, gently loosen torte from parchment and then invert onto a serving platter. Torte can be made up to two days in advance. Using a sieve, lightly dust torte with cocoa. Garnish with fresh and chocolate. Serves 6 to 8

Chocolate Mint Leaves
18 fresh mint leaves, 1/4 inch of each stem intact
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Using a small pastry brush, coat underside of each leaf with a thick layer of chocolate. (If chocolate drips onto top of leaf, gently wipe away with your finger.)

Drape leaves, chocolate sides up, over handle of a wooden spoon set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.

Gently grasp chocolate layer of each leaf with kitchen tweezers. Holding stem, peel off mint leaf. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Makes enough for one 9-inch layer cake.

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