Torta Caprese - Chocolate Almond Cake
recipe for Torta Caprese - Chocolate Almond Cake
comes from Cucina
Napoletana by Arturo Iengo and published by
New Holland Publishers.
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The island of Capri is a gem, and so is this moist
textured cake with chocolate and almonds. Capri is famed
for its limoncello, and this liqueur gives this cake
its distinctive citrus twist. Examples of this cake
can be found in bakeries and pasticcerie throughout
for Chocolate Almond Cake
9 oz butter
6 eggs, separated
9 oz sugar
1/4 cup citrus liqueur, preferably limoncello
14 oz blanched almonds, roughly chopped
9 oz good-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
confectioners' sugar for dusting
to make Chocolate Almond Cake
the oven to 350°C (180°C).
the butter in a double boiler, then allow to cool
a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar and
liqueur until creamy.
the egg whites and fold into the egg yolk mixture
with the butter.
in the almonds and chocolate and fold gently through
the mixture. (If the mixture is too runny, add a few
more chopped almonds.)
a large round cake tin with parchment paper and pour
in the mixture.
in the preheated oven for about an hour or until a
skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes
to cool slightly, then dust generously with confectioners'
sugar and serve.
In this recipe, the almonds and eggs give the cake
its body. If you would prefer a smoother texture,
simply chop the almonds more finely and grate the
chocolate before adding to the mixture. This is how
you would usually find it prepared if you bought it
from a Campanian bakery.
Serves 6 - 8
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