Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie—15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte

15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti TorteThis almond-y chocolate treat claims to be ready for the oven in 15 minutes. I tested this assertion and set my timer (after getting the ingredients prepped and taking the required mise en place photos, of course).

15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti TorteBecause I baked individual tortes, they were ready after only 15 minutes in the oven.

A little while ago, I took a foodie field trip downtown to one of my favorite kitchen stores in Ottawa called Domus. Domus has been in Ottawa ever since I can remember. It used to hold the largest cookbook collection, then moved to a new location and now houses a wonderful kitchen store and restaurant. I found the individual paper liners that I used for these mini tortes at Domus and am looking forward to trying the vanilla paste.


Makes 8 servings

Ingredients for 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte
6 large double Amaretti di Saronno or 18 mini amarettini cookies (2.75 oz) (other brands can be used as well)
¾ cup almonds (blanched or not; whole, sliced or slivered)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For the Glaze:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

For the Almond Whipped Cream (Optional):
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon pure almond extract
1½ teaspoons confectioners' sugar

1 or 2 amaretti or amarettini, crumbled, or a few spoonfuls of toasted sliced almonds, for decoration

You can find the recipe for 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or here. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Holly from Phe/MOM/enon who chose the recipe for this week.

15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti TorteTasting Notes
This was a speedy but elegant dessert. If you love almond and chocolate, you'll love this dessert. You'll also love how quick it is to make.

Recipe for Next Week (April 21)
Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding on pages 410 and 411 chosen by Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle.

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    Cathy said...

    I love your pictures of the timer next to the step you were on as the clock counted down. I really liked the speed of this dessert (minus the time spent looking for cookies!). Yours looks beautiful!

    Katrina said...

    Love your little tortes! This was yummy--at least the one bite I took. Sigh. Dieting stinks when you're on TWD. ;)

    chocolatechic said...

    I want a large food/kitchen store in my area.

    I just don't think that will ever happen.

    Your mini tortes are just to cute.

    Jules Someone said...

    These are just adorable. Nice job!

    Welcome to our crazy blessed life said...

    cute!! I love the little tiny tortes! :) Love the step by step instructions with the timer!

    Heather said...

    Great idea to do the timer; love it!

    Anonymous said...

    Domus sounds like a wonderful store. your mini tortes look fantastic with the chocolate ganache streaming down the sides. Love the pics with the timer.

    Unknown said...

    What a cute little store! I'm jealous. Your tortes look adorable! Glad you liked them.

    debbie koenig said...

    Scrumptious! Love the timer shots, and the ganache drizzle, mmm.

    Christelle said...

    Oh la la!!!!!!!

    NKP said...

    Love the little cakes! I guess I am the only one who took hours to make these.
    What a great store, I am going to go take a look at their website, thanks!

    farah said...

    Wow, your individual tortes look fantastic! I love your pictures too! I really wish i had a shop like that near me.

    Monica H said...

    I always look forward to see what you're going to bake your desserts in- always so pretty!

    Manggy said...

    Hmm, I wonder if it'll still take me 15 minutes if I don't have a food processor? O_o Anyway, those cakes look luscious-- I'm sure I would eat them all up in one sitting! :)

    Eliana said...

    Your interpretation of this recipe is divine. Thanks so much for posting.

    Audrey said...

    I would be in big trouble if I lived near this store...I love the brioche tins and the matching liners...and I loved this cake! The idea of making minis is very appealing.

    vibi said...

    Very, very pretty minis Shari!
    Hum... you kinda had to cheat a bit with baking time though, huh?

    LOL For a fraction 'o second there, I thought that the pictures of Domus were ones of your kitchen! ARGH! I felt a wee glimpse of jealousy for a moment here!!! LOL LOL

    Kayte said...

    What fun with that timer...it took me forever to unwrap all those little cookeis! But, that said, this was a very fast recipe. I love the little ones you made...I am going to need that option when my boys leave home...right now, those are probably bite size to growing boys...LOL! Oh, how I love to see photos of kitchenware shops...how fun was that? Thanks for taking us along...and I am excited about your purchases...very nice. Great job on the little tortes!

    Jeff said...

    Reminds me the Geico or some insurance commercial where in 15 minutes you could have saved a billigion dollars. However, yours looks more realistic for the average person.

    steph- whisk/spoon said...

    they look great--love the crackly tops! and way to get it prepped in just 15 mintues!

    CB said...

    The timer pictures are FABULOUS! You must have a tripod right? I need a tripod. I love seeing process pictures like yours. Your little tortes are adorable. Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

    Jin Hooi said...

    your mini torte looks great !! well done

    Jacque said...

    How fun! Now we have proof that this is indeed 15 minute magic.

    Love your little tortes, those wrappers are adorable.

    P.S. I bought some of the same vanilla bean paste recently and LOVE it!

    Melanie said...

    Those look soooooo delicious. And I must make a trip to Domus sometime soon - I haven't been there in years.

    kimberly salem said...

    yum, they look delicious! i love the timed shots!! keeping dorie honest, hehe :)
    the paper liners are so cute. they look like those little brioche tins!

    TeaLady said...

    OH! I have those little shells. I need those paper liners. Lucky you to have such a great store close by. Those look good.

    Elyse said...

    First of all, Domus looks like an amazing store, oh, and yeah, your torte look AMAZING, too. Just delicious. I'm all about the almond and the chocolate. What a perfect, fudgy combination.

    Stacey said...

    Oh those tortes look deeelicious! This recipe is just in time for mother's day too. I also loved your photos with the timer... great idea!