chocolate almond torte

We served this uber-rich torte at our wedding along with cheesecakes. You only need a sliver, and it goes oh-so-perfectly with a steaming cup of good strong coffee. It uses finely ground nuts instead of flour. Toast, then cool, the nuts before grinding them finely in a blender or food processor. Don’t overgrind the nuts, as the oils will form a paste.


For the cake:
7 oz (a little over a cup) semisweet chocolate, chopped
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the chocolate honey glaze:
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons honey
pinch of cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 8-inch springform pan; line with waxed paper, then grease the paper. Wrap the bottom and sides of the pan with foil to prevent water from seeping in. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat. in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until frothy, 1-2 minutes. Stir in the melted chocolate, ground nuts, and cinnamon. Pour into the prepared pan.

2. Place the foil-wrapped pan in a large roasting pan and pour boiling water into the roasting pan, to come 3/4 inch up the side of the springform pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the edge of the cake is set, but the center is soft. Remove from the water bath and remove the foil. Cool on a rack.

3. Prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate, butter, honey and cinnamon, stirring until smooth; remove from the heat and let cool.

4. Remove the sides from the springform pan and invert the cake onto a wire rack. Remove the pan bottom and paper, so the bottom of the cake is now the top. Pour the thickened glaze over the cake, tilting the rack slightly to spread the glaze. Use a metal spatula to smooth the sides. Let the glaze set.



2 Responses to “chocolate almond torte”

  1. October 10, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Yummy! It looks like a good alternative to cheesecake.

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