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Chocolate Almond Truffle Bars
4 1/4 C. sliced
1 lb. butter cut into pieces, plus 2 T. melted
1 lb. semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (3 C. semisweet morsels)
4 large eggs
6 large egg yolks
1 C. granulated sugar
3 C. confectioners' sugar
1 t. vanilla
Heat oven to 325° F.
Toast sliced almonds on a shallow baking sheet until lightly brown, about 10
minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Measure 23/4 cups into one bowl,
and chop them fine (20 seconds in a food processor fitted with a steel blade or
by hand). Place in a 3-quart mixer bowl. Chop the remaining almonds fine and set
Add 2 tablespoons melted butter to the almonds in the mixing bowl. Mix by hand
until the almonds bind together. Transfer nuts to a 9-by-13-inch, non-stick (or
greased) baking pan. Press the almond mixture firmly onto the bottom of the pan
and into the corners, creating an even layer. Set aside.
Heat 1 inch of water in the bottom half of a double boiler over medium heat.
With the heat on, place the semisweet chocolate and 1/2 pound of butter in the
top half of the double boiler. Use a rubber spatula to stir the chocolate and
butter until completely melted and smooth, about 10 minutes. Set aside. Place
the eggs, egg yolks and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted
with a paddle. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Scrape the bowl several
times during beating. Add the melted chocolate mixture and mix on low speed for
about a minute, then use a rubber spatula to finish mixing the batter until
Pour the batter over the almond mixture in the baking pan. Bake on the center
rack of the oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center
comes out almost clean (a scant amount of batter will adhere to the toothpick).
Remove from the oven and cool 1 hour, then place in the freezer.
To make the icing: Place 1/2 pound butter in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted
with a paddle. Beat on medium until light, about 4 minutes. Operate the mixer on
low speed while slowly adding the confectioners' sugar. Beat until the sugar is
mixed in, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add vanilla and
beat on high for 1 minute. Remove 2 cups of icing from the bowl and set aside.
Remove the chocolate truffle mixture from the freezer (it should be in there at
least 20 minutes). The top will be a little brittle and the insides very soft
and tender. Use the icing that remains in the mixing bowl to spread over the top
of the truffle mixture as a "crumb coat." This will keep the crackly crumbs from
getting into your almond icing. Put the reserved 2 cups of icing back into the
mixing bowl, add reserved almonds and beat 1 minute -- the mixture should be
fluffy. Spread the almond icing over the crumb coat.
Use a serrated knife to cut the bars into 24 2-inch squares, then cut the
squares in half to make 48 bars. (They are easier to cut if you heat the blade
of the knife under hot running water and wipe the blade dry before making each
Makes 4 dozen.
Source: This recipe has been adapted from Marcel
Desaulniers' "Death By Chocolate Cookies"