Cooking time: 65 minutes plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 16 servings
â€¢1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
â€¢1/4 cup sugar
â€¢1/3 cup butter, melted
â€¢2-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
â€¢2 cups heavy whipping cream
â€¢1/2 cup butter, cubed
â€¢2 tablespoons corn syrup
â€¢1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
â€¢1 tablespoon hot water
â€¢1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
â€¢1/2 cup water
â€¢6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
â€¢1-1/2 cups butter, softened
â€¢4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
COFFEE WHIPPED CREAM:
â€¢1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
â€¢2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
â€¢2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
â€¢1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢Chocolate curls, optional
â€¢In a large bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar and butter; press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. Chill.
â€¢ For ganache, place chocolate chips in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Add butter and corn syrup; stir until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Pour over crust. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
â€¢ For buttercream, dissolve coffee granules in hot water; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring brown sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add a small amount of hot mixture to egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2-5 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in dissolved coffee. Cool to room temperature.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in cooked sugar mixture. Beat on high for 2 minutes or until fluffy and light caramel-colored. Beat in cooled chocolate until blended. Spread over ganache layer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
â€¢ Several hours before serving, prepare coffee whipped cream. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon cream and coffee; stir until coffee is dissolved. Beat in remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
â€¢ Carefully run a knife around edge of springform pan to loosen; remove sides. Frost top of torte with whipped cream; garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.