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Orange-Scented Chocolate Almond Cake Kirkgaard

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Ingredients

3 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

3/4 cup well-chilled heavy cream

2 slices homemade-type whole-wheat bread

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup blanched whole almonds, toasted, cooled completely, and ground fine

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-process)

2/3 cup sugar

4 large eggs, separated

1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest

6 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

1/3 cup well-chilled heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon brandy