March 4, 2009

Amaretti Torte

I have this great recipe for an Amaretti Torte. It’s sophisticated but simple. It makes you look like a talented baker. My 14-year-old and I first made it last summer and I found it to be restaurant-worthy. I took it to a party on the weekend and it was gobbled up.

I’ve been playing around with my son’s camera. A Fuji FinePix. The pictures above are my first “food” shots. Unfortunately the torte doesn’t look so appetizing. Here’s the recipe.

Amaretti Torte

Serves 8-10
Oven Setting 350°F (180°C)

10 Amaretti (Italian Macaroons)or enough to make ½ cup (125 ml) of crumbs
1 cup (250 ml) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
5 eggs separated
½ cup(125 ml) all-purpose flour
½ tsp (2ml) almond flavouring
4 squares (8 little squares) semisweet chocolate
Icing sugar

Preheat oven

Grate the chocolate

Pulverize amaretti in electric blender

Cream together the butter and sugar

Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Continue beating for about 5 minutes in total.

Add almond flavouring

Gradually add the flour and amaretti crumbs, beating after each addition.

Fold in the grated chocolate

In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the mixture

Pour into a 10”X 2” (25cm X 5cm)round pan that has been well-greased and lightly sprinkled with flour.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean.

Cool slightly and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Loosely adapted from The High Museum of Art Recipe Collection, (1981: Williams Printing Company, Atlanta)


Poetikat said...

My mother's sitting in the living room waiting for my attentions, but I just wanted to quickly pop round and see your blog and say thanks for stopping by and commenting.
I agree with you about the reality shows (much as I'm addicted to many of them), but I do think The Choir is pretty sincere, don't you?

I see you're in the T.O. I'm not very far away at all and was raised in Mississauga.


A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

One of the first cakes I ever made for a party was an Amaretti Torte. The recipe was from an old Bon Appetit - like 20 years old. So very delicious. You did really well with your photos. It is fun isn't it? People get tired of hearing me say - "Wait! Don't eat that yet, I have to take a picture!"
All the best,

Mia Linnman said...

Looks really tasty!

corine said...

This looks amazing. It really is all in the photography. the best recipe and a mediocre picture and you're no longer hungry.

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

Oh that looks so yummy!!! And I just had lunch! : )

willow said...

Well, it looks pretty darn appetizing to me!! Thank you! I am stealing this one and taking it right back to the manor with me. Yummersies!!

John-Michael said...

Applause! Applause! for your photography. Exceptionally well done indeed!

Admiringly ...

Poetikat said...

I meant to comment on the recipe too, but didn't have time earlier. This certainly looks delicious. I love anything with almonds.
Have you seen the show, "Take Home Chef"? Curtis Stone once had an egg-separator that was a goofy head where the yolk streamed through the nostrils and the white stayed behind. I would love to get hold of one of those!


Tina said...

this looks so delicious!!!

Gal Friday said...

Anything "almond" is mouth-watering to me, and I think your photo of the food looks quite professional and appetizing.

Isn't it great when a dish turns out like that-good enough that you can imagine it being in a restaurant? I made a chicken pomodoro dish(with vodka in it!) the other night that made me feel very pleased and proud of myself.

Poetikat said...

I woke up this morning and the first thought I had (I'm not a crazy person, honest!) was that it's the yolk that stays behind, not the white.


ramidonya said...

Great food shots, Hazel! Gorgeous light :-)

I finally figured out how to process comments on my blog -- and I call myself professional. SHEESH. Anyway, thank you for your comments and I'm so glad to know about your blog!

AL6 said...

Yum-sounds simple, looks elegant. I think I'll try it!

The Clever Pup said...

AL6 Are you there?

I am unable to leave comments on your site (it's me, not you)and you haven't included your email.

I tagged you a few days ago to reveal 7 things about yourself. Have a look, below, somewhere....

Geisslein said...

yum yum...sounds great! ;o)