Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie - Chocolate Amaretti Torte


After checking out two nearby supermarkets for the required Amaretti cookies with no luck i decided to make my own. I had no idea they were so easy to make. An added bonus was having had the good sense to freeze some egg whites, so i didn't even have to crack any eggs :)

The cookies were lovely, all gone now of course. Half used for the torte, a few for me and a small tupperware for my baking buddy Sandy. Recipe below:

Amaretti
Makes 36
1 3/4 cups almonds
1 cup icing sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp almond extract
icing sugar to dust

Pulse the almonds with half of the sugar in the food processor. Using a mixer or whisk, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

Add the remaining sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the almond extract and almond sugar mixture. Using a pastry bag (or if you're like me, a ziploc bag with the end cut off) pipe the mixture out in rounds the size of walnuts. Sprinkle with the icing sugar and leave cookies to air for 2 hours.

Pre heat oven to 350F and bake for 15 minutes or until pale and gold.

Super easy and great with coffee, ice cream, and this weeks TWD - Chocolate Amaretti Torte!



I was making the cake and it was as easy as Dorie promised. My food processor stopped working midway, luckily at the point where the chocolate and crushed cookies need to be mixed into the batter. No big drama. I forgot to buy more dark chocolate so ended up using a mixture of dark and milk.



I made two 4 inch cakes and they looked and smelt great. I only had milk chocolate to make the glaze and made it with one spoon of sugar instead of two. This was insanely good. It never set and was very runny but very good with ice cream ;)



I gave one cake to my friend Sandy. She served it to her family for dessert and they enjoyed the cake and glaze with ice cream and strawberries, yum!

I tried a small slice and its very rich and moist. I did like it but not as much as i liked the glaze/ chocolate sauce :)



This weeks pic is by Holly of Phe/MOM/enon, thanks Holly! Please check out her website for the recipe.

Check back on thursday to see my pick (YAY!) for this weeks CEIMB.

19 comments:

Craving Ellie in My Belly said...

Yum! This looks great. I think I will have to fit this one in at some point because everyone's looks so good. I also never realized that making amaretti cookies are so easy and they are probably so much better than the store bought.
Sara/Imafoodblog

Tracey said...

Your tortes look wonderful! I made just one 4-inch torte in my mini springform pan. I also thought it was really rich, maybe a bit too much for me.

Megan said...

Very impressive - making the cookies and the cake? Wow!

Natashya said...

My glaze was thin too, too much cream in the recipe, I think.
Cake looks great, wonderful that you made your own amaretti!

Leslie said...

This looks amazing! I love the drips in the glaze! That's what a glaze should do, so way to go!

n.o.e said...

You went all out on this one! Too bad you didn't love it, but at least you had delicious glaze, right? And a good cookie recipe to use up those pesky egg whites. We're going to have more whites, with the upcoming TWD recipes...

Talita said...

Your amaretti torte looks really incredible! Surely is delicious!

Kayte said...

Oh, these looks so adorable in the small size. I really like to see the small versions of these things as eventually my boys will grow up and move out and I will NEED the small versions...LOL! I love the little swirls you did on the top...so creative. Thank you for the cookie recipe...I am going to try those today as they do sound easy and I have all the ingredients on hand. Thanks! Great job!

leanne said...

Your torte looks lovely. I really want to go back and make those cookies!

Flourchild said...

Im in love with your darling little torte! I love your texture on top. Nice work! I thought it was to sweet but it did taste better the next day!

pinkstripes said...

Your mini-tortes look fantastic. How cool that you made your own amaretti!

Jill said...

I love how your glaze looks!

Pamela said...

Wow...that looks luscious! And I can totally see how it would be really good with ice cream!

Michele said...

Wow! Your torte came out so pretty!

Donna-FFW said...

This looks absolutely delcious. I love how you presented them, they are outstanding!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I'm impressed that you made your own amaretti! That's on my list of things to try! Way to go.

Liz said...

Props for making your own cookies! That was too ambitious for me. :) Your torte looks great.

TeaLady said...

Love your subs in this TWD. Great job. They look really good with the chocolate running down the sides. UMMMMMM!!!!!

Di said...

Your torte looks great with the swirly glaze. I always seem to have lots of extra egg whites, so I often freeze them, too. In fact, I think it's time to make angel food cake before they take over my freezer. =)