Torta di Mandorle con Gocce di Cioccolato
This cake is delicious as is, but can also be served with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, whipped cream, or zabaglione. It’s great for breakfast or brunch, as well as dessert.
— Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
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Excerpted from Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2017 Tutti a Tavola, LLC. Photo by Steve Giralt.
- 10 ounces (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter softened, plus more for the baking pan
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for the baking pan
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 large eggs
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 2 cups almond flour or almond meal
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup lightly toasted sliced blanched almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt onto a piece of parchment.
- In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing each in thoroughly before adding the next, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the lemon zest and almond extract, then raise the speed to high and beat the batter until very light, a minute or more. At low speed, mix in half of the sifted flour mixture, beating just until it is incorporated; beat in half the almond flour. Scrape the bowl, and mix in the remaining flour and almond flour. Beat briefly at medium speed to make a smooth batter. At low speed, mix in the chocolate chips just until evenly distributed. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and spread it in an even layer. Scatter the sliced almonds all over the top.
- Bake, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the cake is golden brown on top and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Run the blade of a paring knife around the edge of the cake, then open the spring and remove the side ring. Cool the cake completely before serving. Cut it into wedges, and serve.
Hi, I no longer can have dairy. I can buy the dark non dairy chocolate chips, but what about baking with the butter? What can we substitute and how much? Vegan butter at the same proportion?
Robyn Doyon-Aitken says
Baking without butter is a challenge, but not impossible! Here are some options and some helpful hints for substitutions: https://delishably.com/dairy/Substitutes-for-Butter-in-Baking. Good luck!
Fleishmans unsalted margarine works well!
Mary Ellen says
hi, I do a lot of vegan baking and have found that in most recipes the “vegan butter” works well. it substitutes like margarine so go ahead and use an equal amount. these is a higher water amount in the “vegan butter” that you will notice if you melt it. I’m going to try this with the flax egg substitute but don’t know how it will hold up to the almond flour.