Tuesday, April 14, 2009

15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte (TWD)

I think the title of this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe says it all..."15 Minute Magic"! Seriously, with only 15 minutes of active prep time and 30 minutes in the oven, you will be rewarded with a wonderfully decadent chocolate & almond treat. What makes this recipe so unique is the use of crushed amaretti cookies in lieu of any type of flour.

As if this couldn't get any better, this recipe doesn't require alot of bowls and utensils, thus minimal dishwashing --- Woo Hoo!!!!

Using the full recipe, I made four baby chocolate amaretti tortes with 4-inch springform pans, and reduced the baking time to 20 minutes. While the cakes were in the oven, the smell of the chocolate and almond was intoxicating.

Once the cakes come out of the oven and are cooled, they are bathed in a lovely chocolate glaze. Going with the almond theme, I spiked the glaze with a little Amaretto.

This texture of this cake can be best described as a cross between a flourless chocolate cake and a brownie. With the amaretti cookies, ground almonds, and Amaretto, the almond flavor definitely comes through, and it marries well with the flavor of the bittersweet chocolate.

I thoroughly enjoyed this torte simply as is. Next time, I will definitely accompany these tortes with a little flavored whipped cream or ice cream.

Thanks Holly of PheMOMenon for selecting a fantastic dessert that requires minimal fuss and delivers maximum flavor. For the recipe, please visit Holly's blog. To see more delicious tortes, check out the talented TWD blogroll.

25 comments:

Marthe said...

Loved the lack of dirty dishes with this recipe too!!

Cristine said...

Your torte looks so yummy!!!

Steph said...

The torte looks so moist!! I wish I had baby pans to make baby cakes..haha

vibi said...

Very, very nice Linda!

LOL LOL Minimal dishwasing! LOL

I hope you had a nice Easter, and if you didn't get all the chocolates your heart desired... well there you go! Nothing's better than making your own... especially when this beautiful!

chocolatechic said...

Fabulous looking texture.

carmencooks said...

It looks sooo good - seeing everybody's beautiful tortes makes me so sad I was unable to make it! I like the smaller sized cakes. :)

Isabelle said...

il est franchement très réussi ton gâteau Linda ! super épais ( le mien était beaucoup plus mince ! )

Jessica said...

I love the mini tortes with the glaze. They look super elegant and delicious!

Mary Jo said...

twd has had some great recipes lately, this sounds so good and so simple. i like the idea of mini cakes, looks great!

Ingrid said...

I'm not a fan of chocolate but with everyone raving about this torte I might need to track down some of those amaretti cookies and give it a try.

As usual great photos!
~ingrid

SUGAR B said...

Wow, beautiful job! Very cakey! I want to dive into it right now!

hornedfroggy said...

Beautiful pics! I loved this cake - it was divine! :)

Banjo said...

Oh gosh looks delicious with the glaze.... I will have to try it sometime, when I'm not too lazy! :)

The Food Librarian said...

These are too darn cute!! You know I love the mini.

chocolatechic said...

Did you make them in little ramekins?

It looks adorable.

pinkstripes said...

Your mini-torte looks amazing. I'm glad it was a success.

leanne said...

Your tortes look great. I loved the lack of dirty dishes! A wonderful recipe is one that doesn't create multiple dirty dishes for sure.

Jill said...

Great idea to spike the glaze with amaretto!

farah said...

I loved making this, yours looks delicious!

Beryl said...

Your tortes look fabulous. I hated missing this week but my oven is broken!
I'm loving the New School and Carol is awesome. This week will be my 2nd class but I signed up for the 1 & 2 series. I'd love to hear about your experience there.

Tracey said...

Your photos are so fantastic! I made my torte in a 4-inch springform as well but it was much thinner than yours. Glad you liked it!

Pamela said...

Wow! They look absolutely decadent and delicious!

Liz said...

Love the mini torte! Too cute and delicious.

TeaLady said...

OOHH!!! Look at all that fudgy goodness. Great looking tarte.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

those tiny tortes are so perfectly cute!

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