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Italian Almond Torte Recipe

Italian Almond Torte

This Italian almond torte is moist, lightly sweet, and has a pleasant almond flavor cut with citrus.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • 1 8 inch springform pan
  • parchment paper
  • food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz almond paste
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp orange zest or lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cake flour sifted (in a pinch you can substitute all purpose flour, but the cake will be denser)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

Instructions
 

  • Set oven temperature to 325 F and arrange the oven rack in the middle position in the oven. Grease a 8-inch spring form pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the almond paste and sugar in a food processor. Pulse until the almond paste has been uniformly broken into small pieces and is well combined with the sugar.
  • Add the softened butter and grated orange zest and pulse until the mixture forms a ball.
  • Add eggs one at a time, pulsing after you add each egg and scraping down the bottom and sides of the food processor as needed. Continue until all of the eggs have been incorporated. The batter should be creamy looking.
  • Sift the dry ingredients (baking powder, cake flour and salt) into the bowl of the food processor and pulse another few times until the flour is just combined.
  • Use a rubber spatula to scrape the cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the sliced almonds over the top of the cake.
  • Place the cake into the preheated oven and bake cake 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the top of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a sharp knife around the sides of the pan and remove the cake from the cake pan to a wire rack to fully cool.
  • Once the has fully cooled, remove the parchment paper and place the cake on a cake plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired and serve with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Notes

This easy recipe keeps very well wrapped in plastic wrap for several days. You can enjoy it for dessert on a weekend and then have an Italian-style breakfast the next few week days! The almond flavor is particularly nice with a cup of coffee.
Keyword almond, orange, torte
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