These bars were built on a memory of a torte I had in Rome and a few disparate recipes given to me by friends. Are they truly Roman? Nope. But they have that pleasantly dry, sponge texture that I love in European cakes, and that full walnut flavor that I remember. And just for fun, glazed (more chocolate), studded with chocolate and nuts (for additional flavor and chew), cut into bars (lots more to share) and best served cold.
So, kinda like a fancy brownie? Yep!
Dorie cautions that the recipe requires a few different bowls which it does, it’s quite fussy yet its unassuming look once it’s baked wouldn’t tell you how fussy the prep is. Most of this (bar the chocolate melting) is made in the food processor, then you add whipped egg whites at the end – what gives the torte/ cake/ slice/ brownie/ bar its interesting dry yet dense texture that’s also somehow light at the same time.
Almost like a flourless cake (this is mostly made with walnut flour with just a tiny bit of all-purpose, comparatively) but not quite as moist as if it were made with, say, almond flour, this is a perfect dessert if you wanted to sub a bit of gluten free flour for the all-purpose, it literally wouldn’t make a difference to the end result or the flavour.
It’s glazed with chocolate too so the flavours are pretty intense (my glaze went lumpy somehow?) and be aware that the glaze will never fully set so it makes it hard to store very long (mine was farmed out to neighbours nearly as soon as it was glazed as I didn’t have room to store it single-layer in the fridge).
I made 1/2 the recipe (the full recipe uses 8 eggs and says it makes 18 bars). Half recipe made 12 smaller bars, brownie-size (though we easily ate 2 LOL). Anyway, it’s a LOT of eggs so plan accordingly. I’d imagine 1/4 of the recipe would work in a loaf pan.
A delicious end to our weekend! Will I make it again? Maybe, for a crowd. Loved the techniques and the textures here. The washing up (we don’t have a dishwasher)? Not so much!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate and Walnut Bars from Dorie’s Cookies on p 45 of Dorie’s Cookies!
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