Chocolate Pecan Terrine with White Chocolate Sauce
- 1 3/4 pounds dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in pieces
- 10 eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans
- White chocolate sauce, recipe follows
- Unsweetened whipped cream
- 1/4 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans
- WHITE CHOCOLATE SAUCE
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
Thoroughly butter a 10-inch springform pan. In a large metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water melt chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in butter, a few pieces at a time, until fully incorporated. In a large bowl beat egg yolks with 1/4 cup of the sugar until thick and pale. In another bowl whisk egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar to stiff peaks.
Into warm chocolate mixture fold egg yolks, then egg whites. Spread 1 cup of the pecans into cake pan and pour chocolate mixture over. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup pecans over top and refrigerate overnight. To unmold, run a knife around edges of pan and carefully release springform. To serve, spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons white chocolate sauce onto each chilled plate and top with a slice of terrine. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a few coffee beans.WHITE CHOCOLATE SAUCE
In a saucepan heat cream to simmering over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in chocolate until melted. Gently simmer sauce 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Yield: about 1 cup.