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Flourless Mini Chocolate Orange Cakes with Ganache

Flourless Mini Chocolate Orange Cakes with Ganache
YIELDS
12 servings
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Ingredients

Flourless Mini Cakes

8
oz bittersweet chocolate chopped (bittersweet only)
2
Tbsp unsalted butter
5
large eggs at room temperature, separated
1
tsp finely grated orange zest
1
cup ground almonds
¾
cup + 2 tbsp superfine sugar
2
Tbsp orange liqueur
1
tsp apple cider vinegar
icing sugar and/or cocoa powder for dusting

Chocolate Orange Ganache

½
cup whipping cream
4
oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1
Tbsp orange liqueur
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Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease 12-cup muffin tin.

Step 2

Melt chocolate and butter over a pot of barely simmering water until smooth. Stir in egg yolks gently, one at a time, then fold in orange zest and ground almonds.

Step 3

Whip egg whites until foamy, then add sugar while whipping until whites hold a medium peak.

Step 4

Fold whites into chocolate mixture in 2 additions and gently fold in orange liqueur and vinegar (the vinegar keeps the cake from cracking too much as it rises). Spoon into greased mini-muffin tins. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step 5

Let cakes cool completely in pan. Remove cakes from pan and dust with icing sugar and/or cocoa powder. Allow to cool and pipe with a dollop of Chocolate Orange Ganache.

Step 6

Heat cream to just below a simmer and pour over chopped chocolate. Gently stir with a spoon until smooth. Stir in orange liqueur and set aside to cool to room temperature. Drizzle ganache on top of mini cakes.

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