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Tuesdays with Dorie: 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte April 14, 2009

tuesdayswithdorieThis weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Holly of Phe/MOM/enon.  She chose Dorie’s 15 Minutes Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte which is located on pages 276-277 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  As soon as I saw this recipe, the first thought that went through my head was where was I going to get my Amaretti from.  I didn’t really have the time to make my own, but I guess I could :/  However, I haven’t been able to find the Amaretti that I grew up with, Lazzaroni Amaretti Di Saronno.  When I was in college there was a specialty food store that actually carried them but since I moved I couldn’t find them.  Those are the amaretti that made me want to learn how to make them, and the recipe I have actually is very close to the same flavor.

100_2080I did what any girl would do and I turned to Amazon.com 🙂  I was looking at all the different sizes that I could buy.  I ended up going for the 16 oz container.  I was actually really close to buying the 14.1 oz because that was the size container that my parents had when I was a kid.  I remember going to the restaurant back home in Texas that would give you Lazzaroni Amaretti Di Saronno cookies any time you purchased a coffee. One time the waiter actually showed us the trick where you can light the wrapper and it will float into the air.  I still haven’t figure out how to do it.  I usually light it on fire and it sits on the plate and is ash a second later 🙂

This Chocolate Amaretti Torte was awesome.  It reminded me of the texture and richness of a flourless chocolate cake.  The amaretti cookies and ground almonds gave it a nice clean almond flavor.  The chocolate glaze made it a little sweet but the almond whipped cream mellowed out the crazy chocolatey goodness.  I would definately make this again because it was easy and tasted fantastic.  I decided to decorate the torte with whipped cream stars and put two amaretti cookies in the center.

I forgot to say that I didn’t grind my own almonds.  I actually had some ground almonds in my freezer and just used those 🙂 The spots in the glaze are actually some of the sugar crystals that feel off the cookies while I was putting them on the cake.  It almost looks like the picture was messed up 🙂

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10 Responses to “Tuesdays with Dorie: 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte”

  1. Amy Says:

    I really loved this cake, too. Your whipped cream flowers around the edge look great!

  2. Karen Says:

    Love the whipped cream flowerettes! 🙂 What a great memeory for you of the cookies!

  3. Looks absolutely fabulous!

  4. pinkstripes Says:

    I love the way you decorated your torte. I’m glad it was a success for you.

  5. H2OHeather Says:

    Beautiful presentation!

  6. Tracey Says:

    Gorgeous! Your presentation is so pretty! I couldn’t figure out how to jazz mine up and consequently it’s not very pretty.

  7. Dad Says:

    Did you light the wrapper from the bottom? and kind of crimp the top.

  8. Jin Says:

    wow.. your torte looks great !! the decoration look like 2 little mushrooms .. so cute !!!

  9. teaandscones Says:

    That looks fantastic. Really great job.


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