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Flourless Foolproof Fabulous Chocolate Cake

10 oz bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1/2 c sugar
5 eggs separated
2 tbsp dark rum
1/3 c chopped walnuts

2 1/2 c Creme Ganache

3 c crushed English Toffee

Preheat the oven to 325.

Butter an 8-inch cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Beat the butter with 1/4
cup of the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, two at
a time, and then the rum, then the walnuts, beating well each time.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and the rest of the sugar
until they are stiff and shiny. Add the melted chocolate to the
butter mixture and combine well. Fold in the egg whites and combine
well, until there are no more white streaks. Pour the mixture into
the cake pan and bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted
in the center comes out with a few crumbs.

Cool the cake and then chill.

Whip 2 1/2 cups of ganache until light and fluffy. Smooth a little
of the ganache on top of the chilled cake. Sprinkle crushed toffee
on top of the cake, and then cover the whole thing, top and sides,
with ganache and chill for two hours.

Serve the cake at room temperature.


1 qt heavy cream
2 lbs bittersweet chocolate

Bring the cream to a boil in a 6-quart pot. When the cream boils,
remove it from the heat immediately and add all the chocolate at
once. Stir with a wire whisk until the chocolate is all melted.
Pour into a bowl, allow to cool at room temperature, cover with
plastic wrap, and chill. You can keep in the refrigerator for a
week or in the freezer for several months.


3 c chopped walnuts
3 c sugar
1/2 c water
1/2 c light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 175. Put nuts on a cookie sheet and place in
the oven to keep warm. Coat another cookie tray with vegetable oil.

Put the sugar, water, corn syrup, and vanilla in a heavy saucepan
and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Wash down the sides of the
pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water so that there is no
sugar clinging to the sides of the pan. Cook over high heat until
it reaches a boil, continuing to wash down with water. After it
has boiled for one minute, add the butter, stirring often. It is
done when it registers 290 on a candy thermometer and it is the
color of a brown paper bag. Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts.
Pour the mixture onto the oiled sheet and let it cool completely.


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