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Almond Torte with Sugared Apricots



This torte will rock your socks off. No, really, it will. I recommend that you run out to a grocery store and buy the ingredients immediately, and buy enough for double the recipe, because you'll probably find yourself craving it again later in the week. Chances are you won't find ground blanched almonds, but you can grind whole blanched almonds in either a clean coffee grinder or food processor. If you accidentally grind for too long, and the almond ends up clumping together, just throw the almonds in with the wet ingredients instead of the dry.

This recipe is from the always amazing Molly.

Almond Torte with Sugared Apricots

1/3 cup finely ground blanched almonds
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large egss

6 ripe apricots, halved and pitted (or 1 can halved apricots)
1 - 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Set an oven rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In another medium bowl (or the bowl of stand mixer), beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy, stopping to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the dry ingredients and the eggs and beat to combine, scraping down the bowl as needed. Do not overmix. The batter will be pale yellow and very thick.

Pour and scrape the batter into an ungreased 9-inch springform pan(cover the base of the pan with parchment paperand clamp the pan sides on top of the paper, then tear off the excess), and use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly. Arrange the apricots cut-side-up on top of the batter, and sprinkle them with sugar. If they’re particularly sweet, you should only need about 1 tablespoon, but if they’re only so-so, you might want up to two.

Slide the pan into the oven, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven, and let cool on a wire rack. Run a thin knife around the perimeter of the cake; then release the sides of the pan. Serve at room temperature or slightly warm, preferably with vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream.

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Bread Pudding with Orange Marmalade



Bread pudding always makes for a satisfying dessert (there's something inherently comforting about the almost creamy texture of the bread, which also contrasts nicely with the caramelized top), but the marmalade kicks it all up a notch. You could substitute another jam for the marmalade, also.

If you really want to impress your friends, but don't want to spend a lot of time doing it, this bread pudding is the perfect dish. You won't even need to splurge on the ingredients; you probably have all this stuff sitting in the pantry. We used 2% milk instead of cream without any ill effects. Demerera sugar is often referred to as natural or cane sugar here in the states.



Bread and Marmalade Pudding Recipe

Stale sliced bread
Softened butter
Seville orange marmalade (you could also use a jam or jelly)
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1/4 cup caster sugar
Demerara sugar, for topping

Slice the crusts from the bread slices - butter one side only of the bread and then coat each with a little marmalade.

Arrange the bread buttered side up in a baking dish - you should have enough bread to form two layers. Don't try to make a uniform arrangement of the slices, a patchwork type pattern is best.

In a bowl, add the eggs, cream, milk and caster sugar and lightly whisk until just combined. Pour this over the bread, making sure all the bread is coated by the liquid. Let this sit for 15 minutes to make sure that the bread has fully absorbed the liquid.

pudding ready for the oven

Sprinkle generously with Demerara sugar (this caramelises as the pudding cooks to give a nice crunch to the top) and then bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for about 45 - 60 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

It will puff quite a lot, a bit like a soufflé but it will deflate once out of the oven - make sure your baking dish is deep enough to contain this expansion.

This is best eaten warm from the oven.



Original recipe is from Haalo in Australia

Bread is from Corbo's Bakery in Little Italy | 12200 Mayfield Road | Cleveland Ohio | 44106

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