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Chocolate Plum Walnut Torte

From: Walnut Marketing Board

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Serves 12

 

This is a delicious, dense dark chocolate torte that uses dried plums to add moisture and reduce the fat content. It is best served at room temperature with a small dollop of freshly whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup dried plums (4 ounces)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped California walnuts, divided
  • ¾ cup California walnut halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly coat an 8-inch round spring-form pan with cooking spray. Place a glass baking dish (any size) half-filled with water on the lower rack of your oven.
  2. In a small bowl, combine plums, chocolate and water. Let stand 5 minutes until plums soften and chocolate melts. Stir.
  3. In a food processor, combine plum mixture, flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar and salt. Whirl until nearly smooth.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand whisk or mixer to beat eggs and granulated sugar until thick and foamy. Stir in half the plum mixture. With a spatula, gently fold in remaining plum mixture and ½ cup chopped walnuts. Do not over mix. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Arrange walnut halves evenly around edge. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup chopped walnuts in center. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the center feels set when gently touched. Cool completely before slicing. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Rosemary Mark for the Walnut Marketing Board


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