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Flourless Chocolate Torte

Chocoholics—like me!—know that nothing says chocolate like a flourless torte. —Kayla Albrecht, Freeport, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  • In another large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in chocolate mixture. With clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until foamy.
  • Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining whites.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs, 40-45 minutes (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Remove rim from pan. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 326 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.