Monday, December 8, 2008

Emergency Dessert Torte - Chocolate


We were having some company come over and my mind was vacant of any ideas for dessert that I had not done before. I always enjoy making a Tiramisu, which is pretty easy and has great end results.
I didn't have any Mascarpone cheese and besides I think that the visitors have been subjected to my Kahlua version prior.
What can I do with what I have.
Tarte-tatin?
Banana Foster? No I know they had that, and I didn't have the vanilla ice cream.
Maybe a frozen dessert?
No too much effort to clean out the machine and besides it makes a lot of noise. Maybe next time when I find some really go over ripe fruit.

How a bout a chocolate torte? Everyone always like one of those.
There was an old Russian recipe that my Grandmother made for me that I always liked. It was thin layers of a flat bread layers of filling interspersed. Yeah! that's it! I'll make a twist on that!

Flat bread........Tortillas!.....that's it!

Start by melting some chocolate.

Take the chocolate and melt either in the microwave or just throw it in a mixing bowl, put in the oven or leave in the car while with the windows rolled up. ( Always worked before)

Add 6 to 8 oz of either sour cream or the creama like we get down here. Mix the chocolate together with 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Place the first tortilla on the plate, take a spatula and spread a even coat of the chocolate mix on the top. Run the cream all the way out to the sides. ( dole out about 20% of the total mix, so you won't run out)
Stack the next tortilla , spread the chocolate evenly then stack the next one, continue until you have 4 or 5 tortillas high. (depends on how much chocolate you have left and how thick you were laying it on).
Leave the chocolate off the top, of the last top tortilla. Take the remaining cream add the Kahlua and sugar, mix well. This will be the topping.

Use the Kahlua cream to frost the top of the top tortilla, take your vegetable peeler and scrape long curls off of the chocolate bar, to the top of the cream top.

Put it in the refer for 4 hours.

Before serving, remove and use a serrated knife dipped in hot water to cut, or if you have a sharp long chef's knife, place the knife on the top and chop downward in even cuts.

The only thing to watch is that you don't have a sharp knife you may dislodge the layers. Another reason to have sharp knives around!

That's it!

Things that you will need.

2 Cups, sour cream or heavy creama. ( You could substitute yogurt ) Do not use the real runny, soupy one. If you don't find it use Whipping Cream , Sour cream or Yogurt.
8 oz semi sweet chocolate. Save a little for the top or just use a new one, eat the rest!
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 TBS fine sugar
2 TBS Kahlua
5, 8 to 10 inch flour tortillas. 8 or 9 inch diameter.


And if you feel like getting out of your comfort zone:

Add various flavors to the cream mix, you can do stuff like Mint, or Banana liqueur, any berry cordial,
You can also top the tort with berries, strawberries, black berries, blue berries, I would omit the Kahlua if your go the berry route, to confusing of flavors.
Also you could slice bananas real thin and place them in between the layers, or mix dried banana chips into the cream mix, you can add nuts.
Or to the cream add some almond or vanilla extract, tad more sugar, soak some raisins in rum or brandy mix them into the cream inside the layers. You could use some broken or smashed cookies for the coating on the side of it or sprinkle them on the top instead of the chocolate.
You also could soak the tortillas in rum, or brandy, before stacking them......ummmmm I like that one. ( non more than about 2 minutes)
You also could bake the tortillas for about 20 minutes in a 350 oven, to dry them out, this will give a completely different texture to the torte!

enjoy!

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