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Tunnel of Fudge

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Tis the season when things get super busy and sometimes complicated what with juggling the everyday plus getting ready for the holidays. I’m already starting to feel it. Talking about it is giving me anxiety. Why not make things easy on ourselves and bake something unfussy but guaranteed to dazzle your guests? This is a no- fuss- no- muss situation and I love it, so will you.

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This recipe is from Cook’s Country and it’s been burning a hole in my recipe binder for over a year. Let’s stop wasting time and get to baking.

*This recipe calls for a 12 cup bundt pan but mine was half the size, 6 cup. I halved the recipe and baked in a convection oven for 25 minutes with excellent results.

This is from the original recipe by Cook’s Country:

SERVES 12 TO 14

Do not use a cake tester, toothpick, or skewer to test the cake-the fudgy interior won’t give an accurate reading. Instead, remove the cake from the oven when the sides just begin to pull away from the pan and the surface of the cake springs back when pressed gently with your finger.

INGREDIENTS

Cake

3/4cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting pan

1/2cup boiling water

2ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate

2cups all-purpose flour

2cups pecans or walnuts, chopped fine

2cups confectioners’ sugar

1teaspoon salt

5large eggs, room temperature

1tablespoon vanilla extract

1cup granulated sugar

3/4cup packed light brown sugar

2 1/2sticks unsalted butter, softened

Chocolate Glaze

3/4cup heavy cream

1/4cup light corn syrup

8ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/2teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

For the cake:

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with cocoa powder. Pour boiling water over chocolate in medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Whisk cocoa, flour, nuts, confectioners’ sugar, and salt in large bowl. Beat eggs and vanilla in large measuring cup.

With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. On low speed, add egg mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Add chocolate mixture and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Beat in flour mixture until just combined, about 30 seconds.

Scrape batter into prepared pan, smooth batter, and bake until edges are beginning to pull away from pan, about 45 minutes. Cool upright in pan on wire rack for 1 1/2 hours, then invert onto serving plate and cool completely, at least 2 hours.

For the glaze:

Cook cream, corn syrup, and chocolate in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and set aside until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Drizzle glaze over cake and let set for at least 10 minutes. Serve. (Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.)

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