Idiot-Proof Chocolate Torte
- 12 to 14 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 egg
- 2 cups nuts of your choice (walnuts, macadamia nuts or pecans recommended)
- 1 premade pie crust (chocolate or graham cracker recommended)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In microwave-safe container, combine chocolate chips, cream and butter. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Ingredients will look scary but be patient, stir and it will start to come together. Microwave another 15 seconds and mix well. Fully melted mixture will form into a velvety consistency. If necessary, microwave final 15 seconds. Microwave no longer than 60 seconds.
Add egg and incorporate well. Add nuts (no need to chop) and combine, then pour into pie shell. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until set. Cool several hours, then refrigerate.
Before serving, remove from fridge and bring to room temperature. This allows the chocolate oils to release and delivers a rich, creamy texture. Serves 12 to 16.
Note: With refrigeration, the torte will last for months. Simply slice off a serving and bring to room temperature. Return the rest promptly to the fridge.