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Valentine’s Day recipe: Chocolate Torte

A little Valentine's Day indulgence. Check out this recipe for flourless chocolate torte.

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Here’s a little recipe inspiration for Valentine’s Day.

I received an email last week from Jennie Dobbs, owner of Morris East restaurant in Halifax, promoting their three-course tasting menu. It included a photo of this Chocolate Torte. I thought it looked divine and she generously sent over the recipe below. It’s a flourless torte, so it’s suitable for people on gluten-free diets.

The restaurant is known for its wood-fired pizza but I’ve grown to adore the desserts just as much. My all-time favourite is their wood-fired s’more with chocolate ganache and homemade marshmallow. I haven’t tried out this torte (yet) but I’m sure it’s equally fabulous. Enjoy! Torte photos courtesy Andrew Chow.

Chocolate Torte
Recipe courtesy Morris East restaurant in Halifax

8 oz dark chocolate

1 lb butter
 (2 cups)
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
1/2 cup (125 ml)  water
3 eggs

3 egg yolks 

1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla

Bring water and sugar to a boil just to dissolve sugar. Melt together the chocolate and butter over a double boiler. Slowly whisk in sugar syrup.  Let this mixture cool and whisk in the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time. Stir to thoroughly combine and add vanilla. Pour batter into an eight-inch spring form pan. Bake at 275°F (135°C) for 30 minutes in a water bath.  Remove from oven and let cool thoroughly in the fridge.

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