Tuesday, April 14, 2009

15-Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte

closeup of chocolate torte

I guess the busyness of the past few weeks has taken its toll, because this whole weekend I've been sick :( So, I was glad to see that the awesome Holly of PheMOMenon chose something called 15-Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte for this week's TWD, because I wasn't up for putting a lot of energy into it this week!

[chocolate amaretti torte recipe]

view of torte from above

I have a confession to make, though. I didn't use amaretti! We looked everywhere for them — an Italian specialty store, the regular grocery store AND Whole Foods. Nada. So I went with these butter cookies, which had almonds in them:

orange almond butter cookies

They worked and gave the final cake a nice orange flavor, so it was fine by me.

I cut this recipe down to 1/3 of the original, because I didn't want to pass on my sickness to anyone else by giving the torte away, and (probably more to the point) I forgot to buy eggs and only had one left. So, I used this chocolate souffle pan (thanks Annie!) to make two 3-inch cakes.

chocolate souffle pan

The cake allegedly takes 15 minutes to get from the cookie-processing stage to the oven. It took me 20 (but I blame taking photos for the extra time).

Almonds and cookies:

processed almond flour and cookies

Egg, sugar and butter:

egg, sugar and butter in processor

All together, plus chocolate:

batter almost done

Batter in the pan:

batter in the 3inch pan

20 minutes later, fully baked:

baked chocolate cakes

Not only did I not use amaretti, I also didn't have any heavy cream for the glaze. I just used butter.

glazed cakes

These are the ingredients/nutrition facts, as originally written (not as pictured!)

Chocolate Amaretti Torte

For the Cake:
6 amaretti cookies
3/4 c (~60 g) blanched slivered almonds
113 g (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
100 g (1/2 c) sugar
3 large eggs, room temp
113 g (4 oz) bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For the Glaze
113 g (4 oz) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

[full recipe instructions on Holly's blog]

Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per 1/8th of recipe
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whole mini cake

Thanks to Holly for this simple and chocolatey pick! Get the recipe on her blog: PheMOMenon. You can check out the rest of the tortes on the TWD blogroll!

torte with piece taken out


Katrina said...

Awesome. Love the minis. Great substitution for the amaretti cookies. Mmmm, orange flavoring.

Kara said...

Such cute little baby tortes. I'm going to definitely try that next time. And your glaze is so swirly and pretty!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Looks spectacularly fudgey!!

Banjo said...

Love the minis.... No doubt the butter cookies were a great substitute!

Unknown said...

They're so cute! Great job. I cut this recipe down some too and made mine in a 4-inch springform pan. It was a bit too rich for me.

Hope you feel better!

Anonymous said...

500 calories?? Are you kidding me? Wow.

Your torte looks amazing though and it was delicious.

Anonymous said...

Great job improvising with ingredients on this one. Your chocolate ganache looks so fudgy and delicious.

Anonymous said...

Love your tiny cakes and your photos are gorgeous! I bet the orange almond cookies were great in this cake.

Steph said...

Your pictures are sooo nice! I love the mini cakes.

Megan said...

I made one mini cake too - only we didn't care for the cake at all. Maybe I should take better photos - perhaps that would make the food taste better!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful torte! I'm drooling...



farah said...

These little cakes look perfect!

vibi said...

LOL A great trompe-l'oeil picture, the top one is! LOL I really thought it was a full size cake!

I'm sorry you are sick, I hope you feel better soon... you at least have these beautiful, little Spring almond cakes to perk you up when you do!!! LOL

Get well SOON!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they are so cute and perfect! hope you are feeling better now!

Mermaid Sews said...

Hope you feel better, I love the mini tortes.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

You fooled me with that first photo! I thought it was a regular-sized torte. Love your minis!

RecipeGirl said...

I thought it was a regular-sized torte too w/ that first photo! So cute!

Teanna said...

Looking at the nutrition data is like looking at a big gaping wound right after you cut yourself... you don't want to see the outcome, but you just have to look, even though you know you may pass out! hahaha! But I am glad that you post it, because I am a huge calorie counter!!! I always am so excited to check out your site and see not only the photos, but the nutrition (or lack thereof) info!

Your cake looks AWESOME and I love the orange almond cookies that you added!!!

AmyRuth said...

So nice to have such a yummo and quick dessert in the arsenal! I don't know where you live but even in my little university town we have the cookies, so if you like I can send. Just let me know if you are interested.
Great work.

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The Scootabaker said...

My most favorite combo: chocolate and miniature! I even have a miniature food processor. Though it isn't always efficient for baking. But I totally endorse anything quick and easy... and mini! Good job on the resourcefulness! That's a sign of a good baker you know!

Jaime said...

i just love your minis! so cute

PheMom said...

I hope you got to feeling better! I am still trying to make the rounds from a while ago. Anyway, your tortes look awesome - their quickness and ease was exactly why I chose the recipe.

Chocolate Shavings said...

That looks amazing!

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