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       Title: Chocolate Diamonds From Death By Chocolate
  Categories: Chocolate, Cookies
       Yield: 36 servings
  
            *****         chocolate
            -cake -- *****
     1/2 lb Unsalted butter
            (2 tblsps. melted)
   6 1/2 oz Semisweet chocolate; chopped
       9    Extra large   egg yolks
       1 c  Granulated sugar
       4    Extra large   egg whites
            *****         chocolate
            -ganache -- *****
       1 c  Hazelnuts; toasted
   3 1/2 c  Heavy cream
       4 tb Unsalted butter
     1/4 c  Granulated sugar
       2 lb Semisweet chocolate; chopped
            *****         raspberry
            -filling -- *****
     1/2 pt Red rasperries
       2 tb Granulated sugar
  
   Recipe by: Mimi  Markofsky
   Preparation Time: 4:30
   Lightly coat the bottom and sides of 2  10x15 baking sheets with the
   melted butter.  Line each sheet with parchment paper, then lightly coat
   the parchment paper with more melted butter. Set aside.
   
   Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
   
   In the top of a double boiler that is set over medium heat, place the
   remainder of the 1/2 pound butter and the 6-1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate.
   Tighly cover with plastic wrap and allow to heat for 10-12 minutes.
   Remove from heat, uncover and stir until smooth.  Hold at room
   temperature.
   
   Place the egg yolks and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer
   fitted with a paddle attachment.  Beat on high until the mixture is
   lemon-colored and slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.  Scrape down the
   sides of the bowl and beat on high for another 2 minutes.
   
   In another dry bowl,using the whip attachment, beat the egg whites until
   they are stiff but not dry.
   
   Using a rubber spatula, fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks.
   Add 1/4 of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture stirring to
   incorporate.  Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until completely
   incorporated, with no white streaks remaining.
   
   Divide the mixture between the 2 prepared pans, smoothing the batter.
   Bake on the top and middle shelves in the oven for 20-22 minutes, rotating
   
   the sheets halfway through baking.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for
   
        30    minutes.
   
   While the cakes are cooling, toast the hazelnuts on a baking sheet in the
   350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.  (They will begin to give off a toasted
   
   scent when ready.  Watch carefully, as they can burn easily.)  Place the
   hot nuts in a large, clean kitchen towel and rub vigorously to skin.
   Allow the nuts to cool, then place them in a food processor and chop them
   to 1/8 size pieces.
   
   Invert 1 sheet of cake onto a large cutting board (larger than the pan).
   Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Hold the remaining cake at room
   
   temperature until needed.
   
   To prepare the ganache, heat the heavy cream, 4 Tblsps. butter and 1/4 cup
   
   sugar in a medium sized, heavy saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
   Bring the mixture to a boil.  Place 2 pounds of chocolate in a medium
   stainless steel bowl.  Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow
   
   to stand 6-7 minutes.  Stir until smooth.
   
   Combine 3 cups ganache with the chopped hazelnuts.  Hold this mixture at
   room temperature to use for filling.  Remove 1 more cup of ganache and
   place it in a bowl in the refrigerator (to be used to decorate the
   diamonds).  Keep the remaining ganache at room temperature until needed.
   
   To make the raspberry filling, puree the rasperries and 2 Tblsps. sugar in
   
   a food processor for 12-15 seconds.  Strain the puree in a fine mesh sieve
   
   over a stainless steel bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate
   unitl needed.
   
   ASSEMBLY:
   
   Remove the cake from the refrigerator.  Using a cake spatula, spread the
   raspberry puree over the cake, to the edges.
   Spread the hazelnut ganache over the raspberry filling, to the edges.
   Invert the other cake layer on top of the ganache covered layer.  Remove
   the parchment paper from the second layer and press the layers together to
   
   hold them.  Place the entire cake in the freezer for 1 hour.
   
   Remove the cake from the freezer.  Using a very sharp serrated knife, cut
   away the uneven edges of the cake so it will measure 9 x 13-1/2“.  Use a
   serrated knife to cut the cake widthwise into 9  1-1/2 strips.  Trim a
   1”, diagonally cut piece from each end of the strips, then cut the strip
  
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