Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cherry Fudge Brownie Torte (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by April of short + rose: Cherry Fudge Brownie Torte. It's a fudgey brownie layer full of chocolate and cherries, topped with a creamy mascarpone mousse.

The brownie layer is very rich and dense. It's nicely contrasted with the light and creamy mascarpone mousse. An interesting ingredient in the brownie layer is ground black pepper. It adds a very subtle flavor to this torte but isn't overpowering. I only added one teaspoon of black pepper - I think two teaspoons would probably be too much. The cherries are a wonderful surprise to bite into and keep this dessert from being too basic.

The torte is simple enough to make but yields a very decadent dessert perfect for serving guests. Thanks April, for picking this recipe, I would definitely make it again. If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed this fudgey treat.

* Recipes notes:
- I used semisweet chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate.
- I omitted the kirsch due to my little bun in the oven :) I simply boiled the cherries and water until almost all of the water was evaporated, then added the preserves with a splash of water until it seemed a good consistency.
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  1. Looks wonderful! I didn't use Kirsch either, couldn't justify buying a bottle for just this. I used Grenadine :)

  2. that is indeed a dense layer of chocolate, and what do ya know—dense is exactly how i like my brownies. well, let me change that—i prefer dense with a nice layer of fluffy frosting up top. :)

  3. I like that your mousse is so firm - makes for a very pretty torte!

  4. It looks wonderful! Definitely one I'd like to try.

  5. Your torte looks wonderful!

  6. Gorgeous torte! It looks super rich and decadent! I sat this one out but maybe someday I'll get around to making it when I have some company to share it with :)

  7. Your torte looks fantastic! Terrific photos. I used choc chips as well...this was a great recipe!!

  8. Your brownie torte looks beautiful! It looks so fudge-y, I love it! =)

  9. That looks dense and chocolatey and perfect!