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French Silk- -10/27/12

 

French Silk is a very decadent and rich dessert so serve it in small portion. The crust is made with crushed toasted walnuts and pecans, brown sugar and butter than it is filled with a chocolate mousse, ganache, fudge like texture, and then topped with a generous layer of creamy whipped cream.  This recipe is fairly easy to make and there are no baking involve (love it).

You can prepare the cake 2 days ahead and then on the day of the party just bring it out and serve it!

I understand why this cake is called French Silk!  The texture of the cake is so smooth like silk and so decadent!

Make sure to have a hot cup of coffee with it!

The cake looks really appealing and it is perfect to serve during the holidays because it looks pretty festive.

 

Close look at the cake.

 

 

Preparation work..

Ingredients

Crust:
3/4 cup (3 ounces) walnuts, toasted
1 cup (4 ounces) pecans, toasted
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
Pinch of ground cinnamon
4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
 
Filling:
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 ounces (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
 
 
 

To make the crust:

Put the nuts into a pan and toast the nuts on medium heat

In a food processor, combine the walnuts, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Pulse until the nuts are coarsely chopped.

Pour the nuts into a bowl, add the butter.

Stir until the nuts are evenly moistened.

Press the nut mixture evenly onto the bottom of a 9-inch round spring form pan. Refrigerate for 30 minute

Placing the turkey on a roasting pan and pouring 1 cup of wine into the bottom of the pan. Make sure to preheat your oven to 325 degree F.

To make the filling: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.

When the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and let it cool down and set aside.

Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Switch to the whip attachment and add the eggs two at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, increase the speed to medium-high, and whip until well blended, about 2 minutes. The mixture will look curdled.

 

Stir in the chocolate until (make sure the chocolate is warm and not hot). With the mixer on low speed, add the chocolate to the egg mixture. Scrape the sides and along the bottom of the bowl and then continue to mix on low speed until the chocolate is fully incorporated.

Add the cream and vanilla and mix until blended. .

Spread the filling over the crust.

Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.

 

To make the topping: In a bowl, whisk together the cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Using a spatula, spread the topping over the top of the cake.

Refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.

Add a few shaves of chocolate on top of the whipped cream.

 

 

When ready to serve run a hot, dry knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake, then remove the pan sides and set the cake on a serving platter. Slice the cake with a hot, dry knife and serve chilled

 

Filed as: Cake/cookies, Chocolate

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