TWD #3 Cherry Fudge Brownie Torte
I don’t think that there are even words to describe how awesome this dessert is. As Paula Deen would say”It’s so good, it will make you wanna slap your mama!” Ok…maybe that is a bit much. But it really is super delish. I will admit that I had my doubts going into this week—not about me, oh no—about how this would all taste together. 🙂 Well, maybe I was a tad intimidated by this recipe. I mean, it is a two pager with no picture!! In the end, it came out beautifully. I would know too since I spent all day checking out other blogs to see if mine looked like everyone’s!!
This week’s host is April of Short + Rose. Be sure to check out her blog for the recipe! I am so glad that she chose this recipe. As I said, it had no picture. For me, no picture usually means no bake! I am one of those gals that likes to see what the finished product is going to look like. Deciding not to wimp out, I pulled on my big girl panties and made this chocolaty creation sans picture.
Despite all my worrying with this torte, it was actually pretty easy. The hardest part was that it was extremely time consuming. Cook the cherries, chop the chocolate, melt the chocolate, cool the cherries, cool the chocolate, mix the brownie, bake the brownie, cool the brownie, make the mouse, refrigerate the whole thing—whew! The finished product was definitely worth the wait.
I will say that this was a pricey dessert to make. I had to buy the cherries, preserves, chocolate, mascarpone and the liqueur. After a zillion trips to liquor stores trying to find kirsch, I finally gave up. Apparently, Las Vegas just doesn’t have it. After reading what others did, I decided to substitute Amaretto. Since it only called for 1/4 cup, I don’t think it made much of a difference. The best part of the whole Amaretto thing was getting to light on fire. Huh, huh…cool, fire. The cherry, Amaretto, preserve sauce was so good—it would be really yummy just poured over ice cream!
And then there is the mouse. Oh. My. Goodness. I could just spend all day eating that mouse. I had never worked with mascarpone before and I was all excited to try it. I was so excited that I am forcing my husband to try it from my finger. He is in the chair looking at me like I am nuts with me shoving a finger full of mouse at him going “no really, try it!!” Picture it, it was awesome.
To me, the mouse is what makes this dessert. Don’t get me wrong, the torte is great, but the mouse is divine! The brownie is very rich and the mouse is light and creamy. The two go great together. The recipe called for a called for a 9 inch pan, but I think that I used an 11 inch pan. I am really glad that I did because the brownie is so thick and rich. It had the perfect amount of cherries and chocolate chunks. I will so make this again. It would be a great dessert for that fancy family dinner, or for just the two of you on a Tuesday.