Mouthwatering, rich in flavour and utterly indulgent, this torte is simply a piece of chocolate heaven. The absence of flour gives it an airy texture, while the almonds add that nutty, fragrant touch, making it just so so hard to resist! (And honestly, why would you!)
The recipe is quite easy and you’ll have your piece of chocolate temptation ready in no time.
200g good quality dark chocolate – about 70% cocoa
4 eggs – separated
50g brown sugar
80g caster sugar
100g ground almonds
30g flaked almond
dash of Amaretto
Melt the chocolate with the butter in bain-marie until you have a nice, smooth and glossy texture. Remove from heat and let it cool down.
Mix the egg yolks with the two types of sugar until fluffy. Carefully add the cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs and stir gently with a spatula. Add the ground almond and Amaretto and stir again slowly. Add in the flaked almonds and give it a final stir.
In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until stiff and add to the chocolate mixture. Fold them in using as few stirs as possible to keep the mixture airy.
Pour the mixture into a tray, preferably with loose base. Bake for about 30 min. Remove once the sides are all set but the center is still slightly wobbly. Let the torte chill for 20 min before serving. The decoration is open to interpretations 🙂
You can also jazz your torte up by adding some fruits one top. I have tried with cherries, plums and blackberries, which gives it an extra dose of specialness. I also use the recipe to make individual brownies and it works just fine.
In any case this treat is a real delight, ideal for those spoil-yourself-moments! Enjoy!