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Last night we enjoyed some dinner guests at our home.  Our guests were a fellow pastor and his family and the fellowship was even better than the food.  We had some pasta with a Sicilian Fresh Tomato Sauce, a nice salad and some really good bread.  We saved some room and I made this dessert to fill that room.  It’s pretty easy to make and looks impressive.  It also has the added benefit of tasting great.

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INGREDIENTS:

Crust                             

24 Oreo cookies  (you can use Hydrox cookies, but then we can never be good friends)

¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup whipping cream

8oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

Filling

1 lb. fine white chocolate, chopped

3 cups chilled whipping cream

1 Tbs. unflavored gelatin

¼ cup water

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Chopped Oreo cookies

DIRECTIONS:

For Crust: Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 2¾-inch-high sides.

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Finely grind cookies in processor. Add melted butter and blend until combined.

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Press crust mixture onto bottom (not sides) of prepared pan. Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan.

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Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.

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Pour chocolate mixture over crust. Chill.

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For Filling: Combine white chocolate and 1 cup cream in top of double boiler. Stir over simmering water until melted and smooth.

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Remove from water. Cool to barely lukewarm.

Sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup water in heavy saucepan. Let stand 10 minutes to soften.  (The mixture will solidify.)

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Stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves.

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Pour into large bowl. Add remaining 2 cups cream and vanilla and stir to combine. Beat cream-gelatin mixture to soft peaks. (As you can see below, I over whipped these to stiff-peak consistency.  It made things a little less smooth in the next step, but it still tasted fine.)

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Fold in white chocolate mixture. Pour filling into crust.

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Refrigerate until filling is set, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle top with chopped cookies

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Run small sharp knife around pan sides to loosen torte. Release pan sides.

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Like I said, it looks beautiful, but the presence of Oreos keeps it from being overly fancy.  The whipped cream also keeps it from being overly rich.  Keep it refrigerated or it will start to melt a little.

 

I enjoyed sharing this with good friends and especially with their kids.  To bring a little bit of happiness to a family is one of the best results of cooking a good meal.  To fellowship with and show love to my brothers and sisters in Christ is best use of any cooking talents God has given me.

Have a great week!

 

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