Espresso Chocolate Torte
Gingered Berry Marmalade
ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE TART: Preheat oven to 225°F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan and line bottom and sides with parchment paper. Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Heat cream and butter together to just below a simmer. Pour cream mixture over chocolate and let sit 1 minute. Whisk together until smooth. Whisk together eggs, sugar and espresso and pour into chocolate mixture. Blend thoroughly, scraping the bottom of the bowl occasionally. Do not whip on high speed. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 2 ½ to 3 hours, until edges are set are centre is still slightly soft.
Allow to cool at room temperature for an hour. Leaving torte in its pan, refrigerate overnight before cutting.
To serve, slice torte with a hot, dry knife. Spoon a little Gingered Berry Marmalade (directions follow) on the side. Spoon Crème Fraîche (directions follow) next to marmalade (or on other side of torte) and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yield: 1 10-inch torte. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
GINGERED BERRY MARMALADE: Crush berries roughly with a fork and combine with orange peel, ginger and lemon juice in a pot. Mix pectin crystals with ½ cup sugar and add to berries. Bring up to a boil, stirring often. Add remaining sugar and return to a boil, and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir for 5 minutes. If foam is evident, add butter and stir. Skim off any excess foam and jar or chill until ready to use. Yield: Approximatley 4 cups.
CREME FRAICHE: Stir together cream and buttermilk, place in a plastic cup or bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Immerse cup or bowl in hot water, up to the level of the cream and store in a warm place (near oven, radiator) for 24 to 48 hours. You will know when it’s ready because you will see the thin-textured whey settled at the bottom. Chill before using, being sure not stir whey (the liquid that settles at the bottom) into crème fraîche (it will thin it out). Yield: 3/4 cup.