Ready in: 1-2 hrs

recipe difficulty 3/5 Difficulty:   3 (1=easiest :: hardest=5)

Serves/Makes:   10

Ingredients:

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2/3 rounded cup sugar

3 eggs

6 ounces unsalted almonds, skins on, very finely ground

1/3 cup bread crumbs (preferably your own)

1 lg. orange, zested

***Glaze***

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

1/4 cup butter

1 tablespoon honey

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter bottom and sides of an 8-inch cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper or wax paper. If wax paper, butter it also. Melt chocolate in double boiler over hot, not boiling, water.

Cream the butter and sugar in electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in well, scraping down sides with spatula as needed. Add almonds, mix, then bread crumbs. Add chocolate. Mix well, add orange zest. Pour into cake pan and bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan placed on a rack for 30 minutes. Turn out into dish, remove paper and cool completely.

Glaze For French Chocolate Cake:

Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler, stirring regularly. Add honey and stir well. Remove from heat. Beat with wire whisk for 5 minutes to help cooling process and assure smoothness. When the glaze mixture has cooled but is still tepid. Pour over thoroughly cooled cake.

This is a very rich cake and densely chocolate. A small piece is a completely adequate serving.

This recipe will make a great Valentines Cake!  ….Enjoy!!