Chocolate Silk

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This silky, soft, luscious, chocolate-lover’s dessert is incredibly rich.

Unlike a lot of “decadent” chocolate desserts, this stops just short of being excessive.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 3 ounces toasted and coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 4 ounces toasted and coarsely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) sweet butter, melted

Mousse Cake

  • 20 ounces extrabittersweet chocolate
  • 6 ounces ( sticks) soft sweet butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

A 9-inch Springform pan

Method

To make the crust

Combine the walnuts and pecans with the brown sugar and cinnamon in a stainless steel bowl. Stir in the melted butter. Press the nut mixture into the bottom of the Springform pan.

Refrigerate the crust for ½ hour, until firm.

To make the mousse cake

Melt the chocolate in the top half of a double boiler.

While the chocolate is melting, combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, cream on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Switch to the whisk attachment and add the eggs 2 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl, increase to medium-high speed, and whip for 2 minutes, until the egg mixture increases slightly in volume.

Whisk the melted chocolate until it has cooled slightly. It should be warm but not hot.

Whisk the chocolate into the egg mixture on medium-low speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and continue to mix until the chocolate is fully incorporated. Stir in the cream and vanilla extract.

Spread the mousse filling in the Springform pan on top of the crust. Refrigerate the cake until firm, 6 hours to overnight.

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