Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins plus cooling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings
â€¢1 package brownie mix (13-in. x 9-in. pan size)
â€¢1/2 cup chopped walnuts
â€¢2 cups heavy whipping cream
â€¢2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
â€¢1/2 cup packed brown sugar
â€¢1-1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢Chocolate curls or additional walnuts, optional
â€¢Prepare batter for brownie mix according to package directions for cake-like brownies. Stir in walnuts. Pour into two greased 9-in. round baking pans.
â€¢ Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 2 in. from the edge comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat cream and coffee granules until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in the brown sugar, maple flavoring and vanilla.
â€¢ Spread 1-1/2 cups over one brownie layer; top with second layer. Spread remaining cream mixture over top and sides of torte. Garnish with chocolate curls or walnuts if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.