Chocolate / Almond / Orange Flourless Cake

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Chocolate / Almond / Orange Flourless Cake

This is a wonderfully complex chocolate cake — With almond and refreshing orange.  It’s amazingly moist and light because of the extra step of beating the egg whites.

Can be served with a Chocolate Ganache Drizzle, a custard sauce, or simply with Whipped Cream.  Elegant and totally enjoyable!!

Ingredients / Prep:

1-1/4 cup Almonds — Skinless
1/4 cup Sugar
6 oz. Semisweet Chocolate — Coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Orange Juice
2 tsp. Orange Zest — Grated (peel only, no white)
6 Eggs — Separated
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Sugar
2/3 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Vanilla

Procedure / Assembly:

Spray bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

In food processor, blend Almonds and 1/4 cup Sugar till finely ground. Add Chocolate and blend till all finely ground; Set aside.

In small mixing bowl, whisk together Cocoa Powder, Juice and Peel till smooth; Set aside.

Separate Eggs.  In mixing bowl, beat Egg Whites with Salt till soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tbsp. Sugar, beating till stiff but not dry; Set aside (lightly covered).

In larger mixing bowl, combine Egg Yolks, 2/3 cup Sugar, Vanilla. With electric mixer, beat till Yolk mixture very thick, about four minutes.  Beat in Cocoa/Orange mixture; Fold in ground Almond mixture.  Finally, fold in beaten Egg Whites in three separate additions; fold carefully till well blended.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake in 375 oven for 30 minutes; reduce temperature to 350 for another 10 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut around pan to release sides; transfer to serving platter.

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