Today’s recipe from the TWD group was for a 15 minute “Magic” Chocolate Amaretti Torte. I believe torte is a fancy way of saying brownie like. I believe that the magic must have been the Amaretti cookies that everyone had such a hard time of finding. Myself? Did not find them and since one person admitted to using Nilla Wafers, I can admit to using some European Almond Cookie that I found in the European portion of my grocery store. A step up from Nilla Wafers, but I am sure they weren’t the Amaretti cookies that some people paid $7 for.
Dorie uses a food processor to make this recipe, which is an awesome idea. If you have a big food processor. I have a mini food processor that I love for quick chopping vegetables and for making bread crumbs. But for this recipe? It was too small. I did use it to chop up my cookies and slivered almonds and then seperately to combine the eggs, sugar and butter. It ended up leaking out the top of my little machine and I decided that a bowl and spatula would work just perfect for the final mixing. Mine ended up taking longer to bake than Dorie suggested but I believe that is because I put the baking dish on an airbake pan rather than just a regular cookie sheet. The torte I ended up with was also much flatter than others that I have seen too. hmmm. Did I screw something up?
Overall, the recipe was fairly simple and it was an interesting idea to use an almond flavored cookie and ground almonds as your flour. But to me this recipe has the look of something rather fancy while not really being anything more than a mildly almond flavored brownie. Perhaps if I had used the $7 cookies to make the recipe it would have had a stronger almond flavor but somehow the mix of chocolate and almond doesn’t seem all that appealing to me. The ground nuts added an interesting texture to the recipe. Think about when you eat nuts of any sort and after you are finished how there is always just a bit in your teeth, not so much stuck in between teeth but mashed into the grooves on the top of your teeth. Wow. I just made that sound fantastic didn’t I?
You can find the recipe here.