Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chef Chuck's Chocolate Pistachio Torta





Pistacchio Torta al Cioccolato




An elegant light Italian Chocolate ricotta torta, layered with a creamy pistachio mascarpone filling, topped with a shiny ganache.


Chocolate Pistachio Torta
Torta
3 cups whole milk ricotta
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt

Cream Filling
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped
pinch of salt


Ganache
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon butter


Torta
Separate eggs, in a mixer combine ricotta and egg yolks till creamy. Add sugar and vanilla, scrape down, on low speed add flour, cocoa, and a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites till stiff and fold into batter. Butter two 9 inch pans, fill evenly and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
Cream Filling
In a mixer beat egg yolks and sugar till creamy, then add mascarpone one spoonful at a time. Add vanilla, pistachios and salt. In a separate bowl beat heavy cream till stiff, fold into ricotta mixture.Spread filling between the two layers, refrigerate torta.
Ganache
Using a double boiler heat chocolate, cream and butter stirring till smooth. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Spread on cake and let the chocolate drip down the sides. Sprinkle pistachios on top of the torta. Refrigerate, when chocolate is set, it's ready to serve. Store this torta in the refrigerator.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Joe, Your right, we had our family here last night to enjoy this torta. Just one piece left! Thank you

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  2. What a divine dessert. Mascarpone, ricotta, chocolate, pistachios.All the yummiest ingredients.

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  3. Hello Ciao Chow Linda, This creation was just right, I find it even taste better in the frig over night! Enjoy, Thank you :)

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  4. Chef Chuck, you sure know how to please. This has everything heavenly" mascarpone, chocolate, ricotta and pistachios. What a divine dessert and definitely something I would love to share with a friend.

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  5. Hello Bridgett, I try!! Heaven for sure, you know Bridgett, we can't go wrong with to famous cheeses from our homeland!! ~Italy~
    Grazie :)

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  6. This looks positively wicked! But I'm sure it tastes like heaven!

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  7. Hello Scintilla, Smooth and creamy delight it was!!
    Thank you :)

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  8. Yum, I'm sure this would be equally tasty with hazelnuts.

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  9. Hi Katherine, Good suggestion! I am sure it would.
    Enjoy, Thank you :)

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  10. Oh wow!! THis is stunning!! and I must say very sinful!!

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  11. Hi Ash, We all must indulge every know and then!!
    Thank you :)

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  12. I know we would absolutely love this Torta. I have Ricotta and Mascarpone in the fridge (but not enough Ricotta for the Torta). This recipe will go on my "to bake list". Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Hello My Kitchen in the Rockies, Glad to hear you enjoy! That I am sure you will :) Thank you~

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  14. This is just gorgeous Chuck, my family would go crazy over this!

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  15. Hello Proud Italian Cook, I always try to please my family! Glad you like:) Thank you ~

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  16. You've outdone yourself on this one!!!! I will try to make this as good as you soon!

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  17. Hello Live.Love.Eat! I am sure you will enjoy! Thank You:)

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  18. This torta looks delicious!! I was wondering how the pistacchio topping is made. Do you have any idea?

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  19. Hello Eftychia, The topping is the ganache topped with chopped pistachio.
    Follow the ganache, at bottom of recipe.
    Thank you for stopping by!!

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