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Flourless & Sugarless Chocolate Torte

Say hello to chocolate heaven!!! Do I need to say anything else? I think not.
What makes this dessert so amazing? Could it be the combination of different types of chocolate as well as fats that really hits this one out of the ballpark?

12 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut or shaved
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks butter or 2/3 cup of coconut oil
1 1/3 cup equivalence of stevia or sweetener
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chocolate whey protein
1 cup ground pecans or any nut of your choosing (I also have used macadamia nuts and it has been amazing)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a spring-form 8 inch pan with butter and add parchment paper to the inside and grease again with butter.

Brown the butter on the stove, be careful that it does not burn, once the color begins to change, decrease the temperature to low. Add the chocolate in small bits and stir constantly until everything is melted beautifully.

Add the sweetener of your choice and allow the temperature to cool down until you can touch the side of the pan without it being hot.

Add the eggs in and stir, add the remaining ingredients.

Transfer to the pan and bake for 30 minutes covered.

Serve with fruit compote and whipped cream.


Thanksgiving Tips

ThanksgivingHere are a few tips to make this holiday a bit easier on you and your loved ones.

1.) BRINE is the new black
Brine your turkey for a minimum of 12 hours to a maximum of 72 hours. Submerge the turkey in these ingredients for a flavorful and moist bird.
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 gallon ice water

Submerge the turkey in the liquid and keep refrigerated. I like to use  a very large food safe plastic bag.

2.) Feed the crowd
To keep the crowds happy (let’s face it, sometimes it takes  a bit longer than we expected to cook the bird and sides), have a few appetizers on hand. My favorites include the Artichoke Spinach Dip and Canapé au Coloré.

3.) Hydrate the crowd
I like to make a few adult beverages and the virgin versions to keep the day flowing nicely. Just make sure you keep the kiddy drinks separate so no accidents occur.  My favorites include the Dreamsicle and Raspberry Nectar.

Prepare the sides and desserts the day before. You don’t not want to be spending the whole day cooking and cleaning. Make anything and everything ahead of time and all you have to do is throw it in the oven or finish it off.

5.) Ask for help
There is nothing wrong with asking friends and family to bring a side or dessert. Also, have them pitch in when you need it. You are a super hero but even they need help from time to time.

6.) Remember what Thanksgiving is all about
Thanksgiving is about family and friends. Don’t get stressed, enjoy every moment. No one will notice if you forgot a garnish or if the rolls didn’t come out until after everything was served. Just breathe and enjoy!