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Chocolate Oblivion Torte

chocolate mousse cake
1 to 2 tablespoons tepid raspberry jelly or seedless jam
chocolate bands
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
raspberry sauce

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Mousse Cake and let cool. Brush the jelly
lightly around the sides of the cake.

Encircle the sides of the cake with one of the chocolate bands, wavy side
up; the jelly will help the chocolate band adhere. Peel off the waxed
peper. Attach the second chocolate band, overlapping if necessary, to
completely encircle the cake.

Whip the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla just until stiff. Top
the chocolate mousse cake with about half of the whipped cream. With the
back of a large spoon, make a shallow depression to form a pool. Fill
with about 3/4 cup of the raspberry sauce. Serve the remaining sauce
and whipped cream on the side.

Chocolate Mousse Cake

1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
6 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 425F. Wrap the outside of an 8 inch springform
pan in a double layer of aluminum foil to prevent seepage. Butter
the pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment or waxed
paper. Butter the paper.

Combine the chocolate and butter in a large metal bowl over a pan
of hot -- not simmering -- water (the bottom of the bowl should
not touch the water). Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the
chocolate is smooth and melted.

Put the eggs in a large mixer bowls set over simmering water and
stir constantly until warm to the touch, about 3 minutes; remove
from the heat. With an electric mixer, beat the eggs until they
triple in volume and form soft peaks when the beater is lifted, 5
to 8 minutes. (To ensure maximum volume, if using a hand-held
mixer, continue to beat the eggs over simmering water until they
are hot to the touch, about 5 minutes, then remove from the heat
and beat until cool.)

Fold half the eggs into the melted chocolate until partially
incorporated. Add the remaining eggs and fold until they are just
blended and no streaks remain.

Pour at once into the prepared springform pan and smooth the surface
with a spatula. Place in a larger roasting pan and add enough hot
water to the pan to reach about two-thirds of the way up the

Bake for 5 minutes. Cover the top of the springform loosely with
lightly buttered aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes longer.
Remove the cake from the oven and let cool on a rack for 45 minutes;
then cover and refrigerate until chilled and very firm, about 3

To unmold, run a small spatula or blunt knife around the edge and
remove the side of the springform. Carefully insert the cake onto
a plate that has been covered with plastic wrap and remove the
bottom of the springform; peel off the parchment. Reinvert the
cake onto a cardboard round or cake plate. Cover and refrigerate
for 6 hours or overnight, until thoroughly chilled.

Chocolate Bands

3 1/2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

Cut waxed paper into two strips 13 by 2 inches.

Melt the chocolate and pour one-fourth of it in a strip down the
middle of each piece of waxed paper.

With a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly to completely cover
the waxed paper strips. Let set and then repeat with the remaining
chocolate to make a second layer.

Let set until firm but still malleable.

Using a small, sharp knife, cut out a free form scalloped ripple
along one long side of each chocolate strip.

Keep the waxed paper in place until after the bands have been
wrapped around the cake.

Raspberry Sauce

2 packages (23 ounces each) individually quick-frozen raspberries, thawed
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Drain the raspberris, reserving the juice. In a small saucepan,
warm the juice over low heat. Add 1/3 cup of the sugar and the
lemon juice and stir until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.

Puree the raspberries in a blender. Press through a sieve to remove
the seeds.

Stir the raspberry syrup into the puree. Sweeten with the remaining
sugar to taste. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week.


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