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So how did you celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? For NYE, I was up and about, busy cooking food for our media noche. We didn’t stay up late, maybe  all of us were already asleep by 2AM. Then New Year’s Day came and I was greeted by a bad case of stomach flu. Maybe because I ate too much food when I wasn’t supposed to? I’m currently on Phase 2 of the South Beach diet so I should be staying away from simple carbs, like white pasta, noodles, rice, etc. So yes, I gave in yesternight and gobbled up food like a mad woman. I spent most of today either lying on my bed or sleeping. 😐

But here’s what I’ve baked for yesterday’s events –

torte

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Chocolate Walnut Torte (makes one 8-inch cake)

350F/bakes in 60 to 70 minutes

Adapted from Bake Happy (which she got from Martha Stewart)

You’ll need:

Cake:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Ganache:

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.

2. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Melt the butter and the chocolate in a bowl using a double-boiler or microwave. Let it cool for 3 minutes.

4. Mix sugar and vanilla extract with the chocolate-butter mixture, then mix the eggs then the buttermilk. Add the chopped walnuts.

5. Fold in the flour mixture just until incorporated.

6. Bake for 60-70mins. Test using a toothpick – few moist crumbs should stick to it. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then invert into a wire rack. Cool for three hours.

7. For the ganache, place the heavy cream and chocolate in a heat-resistant/microwave-able bowl and heat (using a double-boiler or microwave) until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth. Let cool for a few minutes then pour over cake. Garnish with remaining chopped walnuts.

So I got excited and took the cake out 10 minutes before the minimum baking time. I pricked it with the toothpick and got satisfied with the results. The top had a crust already so I kinda panicked. Well, when I sliced the cake, it was still a bit too fudge-y for my liking in the middle. My mom said it tasted fine though.

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2013! I have a new journal and I can’t wait to use it. And yes, I’m hoping that I’ll be spending the next holiday season with a certain special someone. 😛