At first I wasn’t going to make this recipe although I really wanted to. I just couldn’t justify dropping $12 on a box of cookies at Whole Foods, plus the almonds, cream, chocolate, etc., that the rest of the recipe called for. But someone on the group mentioned they found amaretti cookies at World Market for much less and so the game was on!
Believe it or not I don’t have any round cake pans, but I do have a tart pan, so I prepped the tart pan as directed. I wasn’t sure that the cake would come out as easily, but the removable bottom on the tart pan really helped. Just a nice gentle push around the bottom edge and the cake popped right out.
The cake took the full 35 minutes to bake and Dorie’s instructions warned that it might dome and crack. Yup.
It was also very thin, as she mentioned.
45 minutes to cool and then pour on the glaze.
Then 30 mins in the fridge to let the glaze set before cutting a slice.
Wow! I mean a serious wow factor with this cake. Even H loved the cake and normally this much chocolate makes him cringe. The richness of all the chocolate is mellowed a bit by the almond flavor that comes through. I think you could make nice variations of this recipe using different types of crisp cookies/biscuits and nuts. I might try a version with ginger biscuits and pecans at some point.
Also surprisingly, for such a rich dessert, it’s not a complete nutritional wasteland. (Not that I think 353 calories of chocolate, butter, and sugar is a good thing all the time – but as a once a while treat, this is a lot of flavor and richness for the calories and would make it a worthwhile splurge, IMO). I based this calculation on cutting your torte into 8 servings, but truly there is no way I could eat 1/8th of this at a sitting, it’s so rich and decadent.
Nutritional info: (8 servings) Calories: 353. Fat: 27g. Sodium: 135mg. Carbs: 22.5g. Fiber: 2.1g. Protein: 6.7g. (courtesy Calorie Count Recipe Analyser)
Thanks, Holly, for picking an awesome recipe!
The recipe is available in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.