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Banana Pecan Torte with Chocolate Ganache

Recipe Ingredients:
3 medium bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup finely chopped <a href="/nuts/pecans/roasted-no-salt.html">Roasted Pecans</a>
1/2 grated dark chocolate and whipping or heavy cream
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions:
1.  For Cake, preheat oven to 350F. Line bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment or waxed paper, then grease and flour bottoms and sides of pans; set aside. In large bowl, with wire whisk, beat bananas, eggs, sugar and vanilla until blended; set aside.

2.  In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter. Spread until mixture is size of small peas. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture just until blended. Stir in pecans and chocolate. Evenly spread into prepared pans. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. On wire rack, cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

3.  For Filling, in medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream and chocolate at HIGH (Full Power) 1 minute or until chocolate is melted; stir until smooth. Chill, stirring occasionally, until frosting consistency. Spread top of one cake layer with chocolate mixture, then top with second cake layer.

4.  For Topping, in large bowl, with electric mixer, beat cream, sugar and vanilla just until stiff peaks form. Spread on top cake layer, leaving 1-inch border around edge. Garnish, if desired, with additional pecans or grated chocolate.

    Roasted Pecans (Unsalted) Roasted Pecans (Unsalted)
These unsalted roasted pecans are pecan halves, fresh from Georgia. They’re packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats. For freshness that you can taste, we roast these nuts right in-house.

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