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Ilona Torte



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Ilona Torte
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“George Lang serves this torte, named after his mother and his daughter, at two
of his
restaurants, Cafe des Artistes in New York City and Gundel in Budapest.
This is our adaptation of his recipe from George Lang's Cuisine of Hungary
(Wings Books, 1994)"

For the torte:
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
8 eggs, separated
pound shelled walnuts
2 tablespoons white bread crumbs

For the icing:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon instant coffee
pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
cup coarsely chopped walnuts

 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt chocolate with sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium, heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth, about 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature. Beat butter and
egg yolks in a medium bowl until light and creamy. Stir in chocolate mixture.
2. Grind walnuts in small batches in a food mill, coffee grinder, or food processor until they reach a very fine consistency. (If using food processor, only pulse lightly so nuts don't become walnut butter.) Stir ground walnuts into chocolate mixture. Add bread crumbs and stir until mixed.  Whip egg whites in a medium bowl until soft, stiff peak appear - stop before peaks begin to look dry. Gently beat in 1/3 of the egg whites to lighten the batter. Then
use a large balloon whisk to carefully fold in remaining whites in 2 batches, mixing just enough to make a light batter.

3. Butter two 9-inch cake pans. Dust each with flour and shake out excess.  Divide batter between pans, smoothing tops with spatula. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and invert torte layers onto wire racks to cool.
4. To make icing, warm cream in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir in instant coffee until dissolved. Add chocolate and melt, stirring constantly until smooth and shiny. Remove from heat to cool.
5. Place 1 torte layer on a plate and spread with 1/3 of icing. Cover with other layer and spread the top and sides with remaining icing. Sprinkle chopped walnuts around sides and edge of torte and serve.  Serves 8.

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