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1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
(about 45 cookies)
1/3 cup Dutch-process unsweetened
cocoa powder
1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate,
chopped fine
4 tablespoons brewed espresso
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar,
firmly packed
3 cups dark corn syrup
1 cup Dutch-process unsweetened
cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Marie Brizard's chocolate liqueur
[or chocolate liqueur of your choice]
8 large eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups pecan halves, chopped coarse

Whipped cream as an accompaniment

For the crust:  In a bowl whisk together vanilla wafers, cocoa powder, and confectioner's sugar. Add the 6 tablespoons butter and combine the mixture well. Press mixture onto the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan, bake it 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. and let it cool.
For the filling
:  In a large saucepan combine butter, chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder and cinnamon and cook mixture
over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and
mixture is smooth. In a small bowl dissolve cornstarch in chocolate liqueur
and stir cornstarch mixture into butter mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil
and simmer it, stirring, for 20 minutes. In a bowl whisk together the eggs
and vanilla, remove butter mixture from heat and add the egg mixture in a stream, whisking. Add the pecans and whisk the filling until it is combined
well. Pour the filling into prepared crust and bake the torte 15 minutes at
400 degrees F. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake 30 to 40
minutes more, or until it is set. Let the torte cool in the pan on a rack for
30 minutes, remove side of pan and chill the torte for at least 3 hours or
overnight. Serve with whipped cream.

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