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chocolate pastry torte

one of the best things about being part of my honey’s family (aside from suddenly having an extended family twice as big as i used to have) is that i am able to sample their time-tested favorite recipes. this layered chocolate pastry torte is definitely a family favorite, + makes appearances at holiday dinners, celebrations, + birthdays. honey’s dad has also been known to enjoy it for breakfast every now + then (+ let’s be honest – we’ve all done it!)

the recipe originally came from an issue of southern living from many years ago, although it was cut out of the magazine, so i’m not sure of the exact date. it has that lovely time-tested look, slightly crumpled at the edges with a little chocolate spattered on it here + there. ┬áby looking at the recipe, you can tell that it has seen lots of years + celebrations, + i have a feeling that we’ll be serving this delicious torte for many years to come!

chocolate pastry torte

makes 9-12 servings, adapted from southern living


2 four-ounce packages of cooking chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 box (11 ounces) pie crust mix
2 cups whipping cream
chopped nuts or chocolate curls to garnish (optional)


combine chocolate, sugar, water + coffee in a saucepan. cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. blend in vanilla + allow to cool to room temperature.

put piecrust mix into a mixing bowl. blend 3/4 cup of the chocolate sauce into the mix. divide this pastry into 6 equal parts. press each part onto the bottom on an inversted 8-inch round pan to within 1/2” of the edge. bake at 425 degrees for 5-8 minutes.

while the layers are still warm, trim to even the edges if desired. let cool, then run the tip of a knife under the edges to loosen. lift carefully + transfer to a cooling rack.

whip cream to a soft peak stage. fold in remaining chocolate sauce. spread the chocolate cream between layers + over the top. top with chopped nuts or chocolate curls if desired.