Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

Chocolate Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

It’s my 10th anniversary, friends. Today is quite a special day. Too bad I’m at work, teaching America’s future!

This post is not just about this dessert, which I made in honor of love that lasts. It’s about, well, the love that lasts.

For instance, I’ve loved brownies forever, and I always will. Same for chocolate. Same for Kenny. Are we sensing a pattern yet here?

Chocolate Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

I’ve talked about Kenny and our relationship from time to time on this blog, but I never talked about the first time I ever saw him. It was my first weekend at college, and as a transplant from Indiana to Maryland, I didn’t know a soul. Looking back, I must have been terrified and nervous, but I don’t remember that part.

Fresh off my first weekend as a college student, I headed to a Sunday evening barbecue. I was relieved when I saw a girl I’d met at orientation, and we waved and walked over to each other. After we got our burgers and settled down on chairs, she pointed across the large square at a boy and said, “That’s the boy I want to date. His name is Kenny, and my sister knows him from camp. Isn’t he cute?”

Chocolate Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

Kenny was, indeed, very cute. He was tall, athletic, blonde, and just the kind of guy I knew would never look at me. And sure enough, while we became vaguely friendly, he remained completely elusive. He dated a friend of mine briefly, and I dated other people, and that was really the end of it. Or so I thought.

Fast-forward seven years, and I was a seasoned D.C. resident with a lot more moxie. Kenny and I were still friendly, even though I barely saw him. But over drinks with my best friend one night (shout out to her for this), she told me to take a chance and ask him out.

Chocolate Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

Over more drinks, I agreed. And I did. And boy, was I shocked when I realized that this boy I’d known for all these years was actually serious dating potential. It was even more of a shock when we fell in love and, in fairly quick order, got married.

I’ve known Kenny for half my life now, and we’ve been together for eleven years. As of today, we’ve been married for ten of those years. In that time, we’ve had three children, gone through numerous challenges together, and we’ve faced it all with our usual tendency to try and not take things so seriously. I couldn’t ask for a better partner to keep me sane and grounded.

Chocolate Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

It’s because of my constant gratitude to a man that I basically became myself with that I want to really celebrate the heck outta this anniversary. And of course, that means we’ve got to do it up on the dessert front.

My recipe for gluten-free brownies is solid, so I used that as a base for these mini-tortes. The brownies are baked and then topped with a layer of raspberry jam. Over that, I poured a rich chocolate ganache and added some chocolate-covered raspberries. And if you’re up for some flair, powdered sugar doesn’t hurt.

Chocolate Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

The dessert is elegant and celebratory, but not difficult at all. If you can’t find a disposable paper baking cup for them (I got lucky at Target in the clearance bin), a ramekin would work just as well.

To Kenny: happy tenth, babes. Let’s hope the next ten are just as sweet.

 

Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Brownie Mini-Torte (GF)

Ingredients

Brownie Base
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oat flour (labeled gluten-free)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Topping
1/2 cup raspberry jam
Ganache
1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
Garnish
1/2 cup melting chocolate
12-15 raspberries (I used fresh, but frozen are acceptable)
powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat four ramekins or disposable baking cups with cooking spray. Place on a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is set and the edges are firm.
  4. While the brownies are baking, prepare the melting chocolate according to package directions. Dip the raspberries in the chocolate, holding each raspberry at the tip. Place upside-down on Silpat or waxed paper to dry.
  5. Remove the brownies from the oven to cool. Spread a thin layer of raspberry jam over each mini-torte.
  6. While the brownies are cooling, make the ganache. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and heavy cream for one minute. Stir until smooth, heating an additional 20 seconds if needed.
  7. Pour the ganache evenly over each of the mini-tortes. Top with two to three chocolate-covered raspberries. Let the ganache set.
  8. When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar.
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Mir

I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Happy happy anniversary!! 10 is a special one. And it sounds like you had a fast romance just like me. *high five* 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Sounds like both of our guys knew what they wanted when they saw it, Dorothy! Yay for happy days!

  2. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Awww! Happy Anniversary! Love your story. So sweet. Your mini tortes are gorgeous. Love that you added raspberry. Such a delicious combo.
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    1. Mir

      The raspberry felt kinda romantic to me. Thanks, Michele!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Happy anniversary, Mir! I love the story about you and Kenny! Isn’t it funny how life turns out? These mini tortes look like the perfect treat to celebrate with. And that ganache, wow…looks amazing!
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    1. Mir

      Life’s surprises can be pretty great, Gayle! Thanks!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Happy anniversary to you both, and what a cute story. I love hearing little things like that about couples.
    Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven aren’t they! Oh, and ganache, I want to bathe in that stuff!
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    1. Mir

      Well put, Dannii. I could spend endless time with ganache myself!

  5. Annie

    Happy Anniversary! This is just how I would want to celebrate!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Annie! Chocolate belongs at every celebration, doesn’t it?

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Happy anniversary! What a cute (and delicious!) way to celebrate 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks! We like to go cute!

  7. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Happy Anniversary Mir! And thanks for sharing your story, I was reading it like a romantic novel…haha..so cute! There can’t be any better way to celebrate than chocolate, these torte look amazing! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness and togetherness for you & Kenny! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It’s not that romantic, Manali! But it’s our story, so there you have it. Thanks so much!

  8. mira

    Happy Anniversary Mir! Thanks fo sharing the story with us! Love it! This dessert looks beautiful and delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! I enjoyed making this one!

  9. Amanda

    Happy anniversary! What a great story! And what a great recipe with it. I love the combination of jam and chocolate. Looks so ooey gooey and good.
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    1. Mir

      Jam and chocolate is totally the best, Amanda!

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