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Chocolate Macadamia Torte with Vanilla Port Sauce

Submitted by: Mary on 03/30/2003
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Ingredients

1/2 C Unsweetened baking cocoa

1 1/2 t Ground cinnamon

1 1/2 C Heavy cream

3 Large egg yolks

MACADAMIA CRUST:

1 C Unsalted, roasted macadamias

1/2 C Atkins bake mix

4 T Brown Sugar Twin

1/4 C Butter, cut into chunks

VANILLA PORT SAUCE:

1 1/2 C Port wine

1 C Granular Splenda

1 7 inch Vanilla bean

Directions

In the top of a double boiler, combine cocoa, cinnamon, and 3/4 C cream.



Stir over simmering water just until smooth. Add egg yolks and whisk over simmering water until mixture reaches 140 degrees.



Adjust heat to keep mixture between 140 degrees and 150 degrees, and continue to whisk for 3 minutes.



Nest pan in ice water and stir often until mixture is cool, about 15 minutes.



In a deep bowl with a mixer at high speed, whip remaining cream until it holds distinct peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture, then pour into cool macadamia crust. Cover airtight (do not let cover touch the filling) and chill at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.



Remove cheesecake pan rim, cut torte into wedges, and accompany with the vanilla port sauce.



MACADAMIA CRUST:



In a food processor, whirl nuts until finely chopped. Pour into a bowl. In food processor, whirl Atkins bake mix, brown sugar twin and butter until fine crumbs form. Add macadamias and whirl just until dough sticks together.



Press mixture evenly over the botton and about 1 1/4 inches up sides of a 9 inch springform pan.



Bake crust in a 350 F degree oven until golden brown. 12 to 18 minutes.



Set on a rack to cool at least 30 minutes.



VANILLA PORT SAUCE:



In a 1 1/2 - 2 quart pan, combine port and Splenda. With a small, sharp knife, slit vanilla bean open lengthwise. Scrape seeds from pod; add seeds and pod to the port mixture.



Boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let sauce cool at least 15 minutes; dicard vanilla pod.



Serve warm, cool, or chilled.

Servings

12

Calories

6

Time to prepare

1.5 hours

Difficulty

Difficult
 

Comments

This is a wonderful low carb dessert for entertaining. Your non-low carb guests will not have a clue that this is actually a special diet dessert!
 
 
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