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Chocolate Crunch Torte

Chocolate Crunch Torte

This decadent Chocolate Crunch Torte with a Créme Anglaise is the perfect ending to any meal. A Chef Bijan Shokatfard creation.

Serves 4

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 lb chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate mousse mix

Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler. Follow directions on mousse mix and fold into melted chocolate. Set aside.

Crunch Base

  • 1 lb Gianduja chocolate (a sweet chocolate with hazelnut paste)
  • 1/2 cup Pailleté Feuilletine
  • 1/2 lb praline paste
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil

In a food processor, blend the praline paste and hazelnut oil together. Melt the Gianduja chocolate over a double boiler, then mix in Pailleté Feuilletine and blend of praline paste and hazelnut oil. Spread out the Gianduja mixture on a buttered sheet pan, and place in the refrigerator to chill. Using desired shape ring mold, punch out a chocolate base. Place the punched out base with ring mold attached on a separate cookie sheet. Fill with melted ganache and chill.

Easy Crème Anglaise

  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 2 egg yolks

Melt ice cream using a double boiler, then add egg yolks and whisk occasionally until mixture starts to thicken (approximately 10 minutes). Chill.

Plate Assembly

Heat a kitchen towel with hot water, squeezing excess water out, and gently rub sides of the ring mold until the chocolate crunch can be removed with little or no force. Place torte in the center of the plate and drizzle sauce as desired. Enjoy with a glass of J. Lohr Pure Paso™ Proprietary Red Wine!