Tuesday, April 14, 2009
TWD: Chocolate Amaretti Torte
All of the choco-holics are going to be loving the next three weeks of Tuesday's with Dorie, where we've got chocolate, chocolate, chocolate on the menu. First up, Holly of Phe/MOM/enon chose 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte.
The talk on the TWD forum this week has been where to find the "special ingredient" in this recipe, the amaretti cookies, a crunchy, almond-flavored cookie. Those with an Italian grocery, Trader Joe's, or World Market close by were in luck. Those without had advice on how to make their own cookies.
I just happen to have one of the world's most awesome grocery stores in my neck of the woods. It's called Jungle Jim's and it really must be seen to be believed. It's the largest grocery store I've ever laid eyes on. It has an "international" section as big as many regular grocery stores, with sections for Middle-Eastern, British, Asian (split into Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.), Italian, German, Hispanic and a few others I'm forgetting. And it just happens to have "America's Best Restrooms" if all that isn't enough for you (just when you thought you'd heard it all). Anyway, I found my Amaretti cookies at Jungle Jim's.
Look at all of that texture the ground cookies and almonds give the batter.
I can't say I loved the cookies by themselves (I thought they had a bitter aftertaste) and I was a little concerned how the cake would turn out. But my worries were for naught, the cake was delicious and had a wonderful almond flavor. I tried some the day after baking and again on the second day after baking and this cake only improved with age.
I skipped the almond whipped cream and opted for some small gumpaste flowers.
The only change I made to the recipe was to substitute semi-sweet chocolate for bittersweet, and to halve the recipe and make it in a 5-inch pan.
I also made Florida Pie this week, but will post it later. If you'd like to see the recipe for this chocolate cake, please check out Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, From my Home to Yours", or stop by Holly's site above.
See ya later!