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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TWD - Chocolate Banded Torte

I had SO much fun making this! Maybe it's my love for ice cream, or cool looking desserts, but I had noooo problem with the waiting game that some people weren't crazy about. I loved making my layers! Of course, I loved digging in even more, so the pictures were quick and therefore not so stellar. I didn't bother re-freezing it after the unmolding, so it got a little messy. My chocolate layers really started to melt down.

I halved the recipe and filled 3 (7 oz) ramekins with plenty of ice cream and ganache leftover. I used the saran warp method, which resulted in less than desirable wrinkling, but the parchment paper was not playing nice that day. I used my homemade vanilla ice cream, combined with mixed berries instead of just raspberries. My ice cream is designed to be lower in fat, and I think that contributed to the crystallization from all the freeze-thawing that took place. For the best texture, you really need a full fat ice cream. Taste-wise, this can't be beat. The strawberries really came through in the ice cream, and the ganache was like a great hot fudge. Next time, I think mint ice cream would be great in this! YUM!

Chocolate Banded Torte
From Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan
Chosen by Amy of Food, Family and Fun.
Check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers here.

18 comments:

Katie said...

That looks ridiculously delectable!

Engineer Baker said...

Mixed berries and homemade vanilla ice cream sounds awesome - beautiful job.

~Amber~ said...

This looks so good!

rainbowbrown said...

Trust me, you went the right road with the plastic wrap. Parchment was a little bit of a pain. All wrinkles aside, your torte looks delicious!

PANTRY REVISITED by Peggy said...

OMG - that looks so yummy it is making me hungry! Good job.

Rebecca said...

SLLLLLLLLURP! Looks delicious!

Joelen said...

Great job and glad you liked this recipe (since the past few were ones you didn't care too much about!)

Maria said...

Love the looks of your torte! Nice work!

TPOX said...

Oh, no Joelen, I have really enjoyed the last few! It was just that summer galette and cobbler from a month ago that didn't grab me. :-)

Shari said...

That looks so chocolate-y and delicious!

suburban housefrau said...

mmmm melty chocolate!

samele said...

ya homemade ice cream sounds divine!! and te dripping layers are screaming EAT ME KNOW!

samele said...

oops eat me NOW lol

Teanna said...

Mmmm those melty chocolate layers actually look SO good!!!

Heather B said...

Love the melty chocolate! Looks delicious!

Prudy said...

Melting looks even more inviting. I'd rather have melted chocolate than solid. Yum!

That Girl said...

I love the ice cream color!

Jules Someone said...

Glad you enjoyed it so much! Mmmmmm.