Chocolate Almond Torte, Insanely Delicious

Ok, I saw Lydia Bastianich make this and went on a search to find the recipe, which was already 90% bulletproof. My hubby and son devoured this. I think it's better than brownies, and that's saying A LOT. Here's the 99% BP version. This has orange zest, so I can't say 100%, but the zest really makes this awesome. Goes without saying that all dairy is from grassfed cows and organic.


Ingredients

1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced, plus more for greasing

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup xylitol/erythritol (I used 1/2 cup and I thought it was perfect, but it depends on how bitter your chocolate is!)

3 large eggs, separated, plus 3 egg yolks

Grated zest of 1 orange

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Homemade Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Melt 12 tablespoons butter and the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water). Stir until the chocolate is smooth, then remove from the heat and cool slightly. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with butter.


Set aside 2 tablespoons xylitol/erythritol. Combine the 6 egg yolks and the remaining sugar in a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high until thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Add the orange zest and salt, then beat in the melted chocolate until smooth. Mix in the almond flour until just combined.


In a clean bowl, beat the 3 egg whites with a mixer until foamy. Gradually beat in the reserved 2 tablespoons xylitol/erythritol on high speed until almost stiff. Stir one-third of the whites into the chocolate batter, then gently fold in the rest. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until the top is firm and cracked (a toothpick inserted into the cake will be fudgy), 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and remove the ring. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.
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