Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spanish Almond Torte

Based on a traditional Majorcan recipe, often served with almond ice cream, now reinvented for those watching sugar/carbohydrate/gluten in their diets.

This is a basic torte, springy and firm, that serves as a fabulous vehicle for fresh seasonal berries (right now, rhubarb or strawberries 'spring' to mind) , or it can be spiced up and served as gingerbread in the cooler months, with spiced whipped cream. I served it last Thanksgiving with lots of ginger, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon, layered with thinly sliced apples that I carmelized in a sizzling cast iron skillet. It would also be fabulous with tea, topped with a dollop of Lemon Curd, which is how I'll be enjoying it this week. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Spanish Almond Torte
  • 1.5 c. almond flour
  • 1/2 c. erythritol
  • 1 t. molasses
  • 1/8 t. pure stevia extract, powdered
  • 4 lg. eggs, separated
  • 2 T. grated lemon zest (or 1/4 t. lemon oil, or 1/2 t. lemon extract)
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
Butter a 9" cake pan, up the sides as well. Preheat oven to 375F.

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites with half of the erythritol until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
In a seperate bowl, beat yolks with molasses, the other half of the erythritol, the vanilla extract, and the lemon zest (or oil/extract). In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients (almonds, stevia, cinnamon, salt). Add dry mixture to yolk mixture and beat the dickens out of it. Fold a heaping spoonful of the whites into this mixture. Gently fold in the remaining whites, taking care not to deflate them.

Transfer batter to pan, and bake about 25-30 minutes, or until tester comes out clean in the center. Less than 25gr. net carbs for the entire recipe, meaning if you get 8 generous slices out of this, each only has about 3 gr. net. Yummy!


Lauren said...

I've been looking for a basic almond cake, Gwuinifer. Think this could be made into cupcakes? Looks so cute as a bundt, wow!

Gwuinifer said...

Absolutely, Lauren. Keep a light hand with those egg whites, or it ends up very dense. A smidgen more liquid wouldn't hurt, either, if you were doing little cupcakes, as this already has a tendency to be pretty dry-- maybe some lemon juice or buttermilk? Let me know what happens! :D

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