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Cozy Weekend and Dark Chocolate Almond Pecan Torte

It is such an amazing thing to feel good, really, really good, for the first time in almost two years. I am quite overwhelmed with gratefulness. 🙂

Last weekend I celebrated such things with much jollity, feasting and convivial adventures with my siblings and friends and loved it! But this weekend I’m happily staying home, cozy in my own little apartment, excited to do sorting and organizing, all those big projects that I just couldn’t get to when I was unwell. I can’t wait!!

I don’t know about you, but I love getting decluttered and organized. My fingers are itching to open dusty boxes and mystery bags that have been hibernating in my parent’s garage for entirely too long. Books, dishes, clothes – who knows what is hiding in there!

It won’t be all work, mind you, I have every intention of taking little breaks for grainy millet bread dipped in seasoned olive oil…

…most definitely a linger around the campfire…

…and a few slices of this deliciously decadent Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Pecan Torte (it’s gluten-free!!). I love this cake because it is rich and flavorful without being too heavy, relying on ground nuts and dark chocolate to provide depth and texture. And for a dessert, it’s pretty darn healthy! No flour, only a little sugar and we’ll just not mention the melted butter holding everything together. 😉

What are your plans for this weekend? Wherever they take you, I wish you a beautiful weekend and will see you first thing Monday morning. 🙂

Dark Chocolate Almond Pecan Torte


1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup pecans
8 oz.dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
6 large eggs, separated.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Butter 8″ round springform pan and cover bottom with round piece of buttered wax paper.
  3. Add nuts to food processor and blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add chocolate pieces and blend until mixture again resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well with each yolk.
  6. Stir in nut mixture until well combined.
  7. In separate bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form.
  8. Using spatula gently fold in 1/3 of egg whites into nut mixture. Repeat until all egg whites are mixed in.
  9. Pour into pan and bake 45 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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Alina - This is precisely the kind of recipe I have been looking for. It is perfect and I can’t wait to try it. Lovely photos, I do like
the Autumn season, the leaves turning golden. As a born Parisian, I couldn’t help admiring your photos, way to go!
Enjoy your weekend.

Velva - I love those days where I can organize and de-clutter. I am in total nesting mode when that feeling strikes me. This was a wonderful day that you enjoyed and the torte well, that was beautiful.

Faith - I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better! I also love organizing and going through old things. The torte sounds wonderful with the 2 types of nuts and the dark chocolate!

Joanne - Olive oil and dark chocolate torte breaks…I like the way you think. I think these are what my study breaks this year are going to have to consist of.

YES for feeling better! I’m SO happy for you! Have a great weekend!

Anna Johnston - Isn’t it the best feeling to realize your well & happy and can do things again. Love your photos too. I’m working today, I have 2 weddings going off at the same time in both our venues, so pretty busy, but there’s nothing like a wedding.

Heather - love this recipe…. sounds so good. i might just have to go out and get ingredients right away cause im having a chocolate craving..
thanks dear and have a great restful weekend! glad you are feeling better!

RamblingTart - Oh, that’s GREAT, Rach!! So glad you like it. 🙂 I just realized that I gave all mine away and have none left to eat. Guess I’ll just have to make more. 🙂

RamblingTart - LOL! Sorry, Duchess! Trader Joe’s bakery gets all the credit for that bread. 🙂

Rach - Krista, we’ve been enjoying the torte cake you left here last weekend…a little every night. I’m a huge fan of the texture of this cake – SO yum!

Duchess - I was sort of hoping for a recipe for the amazing looking bread lol!

RamblingTart - Me too, dear Ozoz!! My heart is happy and now my body is following along. 🙂 Hope YOU have a wonderful weekend too. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Lazaro! Me too!! I’m so delighted to have hope of wellness at long last. 🙂

Kitchen Butterfly - So GLAD you’re feeling better…that millet bread looks great, with the dip of olive oil…….enjoy your weekend

Lazaro - Glad you are feeling good. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Awesome almond pecan torte.

RamblingTart - I LOVE the name of that saloon, Val! 🙂 So Canadian and fabulous. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Elra. 🙂 Campfires are such lovely things.

bellini valli - It all sounds like the perfect weekend to catch up a recoop. Today I am headed for lunch with friends to a place aclled…Lost Moose Saloon:D

elra - Lovely torte Krista. Beautiful photo of that fire.

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