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]
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:
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.
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:
Egg, sugar and butter:
All together, plus chocolate:
Batter in the pan:
20 minutes later, fully baked:
Not only did I not use amaretti, I also didn't have any heavy cream for the glaze. I just used butter.
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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Fat: 37 g
Saturated Fat: 18 g
Cholesterol: 132 mg
Sodium: 42 mg
Carbohydrates: 36 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 8 g
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!