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The 2001 Dave's Garden Cookbook


By flowox

Category: Cakes, Cheesecakes and Icings

For crust
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

For chocolate layer
2 cups heavy cream
16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped coarse
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For buttercream layer
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
6 large egg yolks
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Kahla
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, melted, and cooled

Make crust:
Preheat oven to 350F. and lightly oil a 9 1/2- by 2-inch springform pan.

In a bowl stir together crust ingredients until combined well and press onto bottom of pan. Bake crust in middle of oven 15 minutes, or until pale golden, and cool in pan on a rack.

Make chocolate layer:
In a saucepan heat cream, chocolate, and corn syrup over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture just comes to a boil.
Remove pan from heat and stir in butter, one piece at a time, until smooth. Pour mixture over crust in pan and chill, until firm, about 3 hours.

Make buttercream layer:
In a saucepan cook sugar and water over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is melted. Simmer syrup, undisturbed, until a candy thermometer registers 240F. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat yolks until smooth. Add hot syrup in a stream, beating on high speed until thickened and cooled. Reduce speed to medium and beat in butter, a little at a time. Beat in Kahla and chocolate until combined well. Spread buttercream over chocolate layer
and chill until firm, about 3 hours.

Run a knife around edge of pan and carefully remove side of pan.

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