Wednesday, April 15, 2009

TWD: Fifteen Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte

I realize I'm a day late on this post, it seems to be consistent with the craziness of my life right now. With a home on the market, three little boys in my care, and an over-scheduled husband, I made a spontaneous trip to Minneapolis to visit my sister-in-law. I had full intentions of making this last week; however, I had a tough time tracking down Dorie's amarettini cookies (it seems that Italian specialty stores are slim in Lincoln, NE).

Anyhow, I found what I thought was a great substitute for the aramettini cookies. I used a delicious cracker cookie that is often called a Swedish or Norwegian cookie. My neighbor gave us a tin of these a few years ago for Christmas and they have become a family favorite with hot chocolate! I usually find them at TJ Maxx, but was thrilled to find them at Super Target. They have a bit of cinnamon in them, which I thought was great in the torte. The cookies were a great texture with my almonds and they smelled delicious! Also, I was able to use my sister-in-law's food processor and it was amazing. Another item to add to my wish list. I thought this torte was a great treat for my wonderful hosts! I know everybody would love to have me and my three boys for a week, but a torte makes them even more excited to have us! Matt, Camie and I all decided the recipe was a keeper! I really liked the texture of the cake and the chocolate glaze finished it off beautifully. We all agreed, however, that we would prefer the whipping cream without the almond extract.
I think this would be a lovely dessert to serve at a luncheon, or just to eat at home. I'm not sure how Dorie made it in 15 minutes (amazing in the kitchen, I know!), but it took me a little longer.

We sat down to eat a slice of this chocolate goodness at 10:30 p.m. after a long day with kiddos and it hit the spot in a big way. I loved the recipe and will definitely make it again! To see the complete recipe check out Holly's blog!


wildthayn said...

We love Anna's cracker/cookies!! They sell them at IKEA. Looks delicious!! I'm glad you got to make it even with all your craziness.

Whitney said...

From what I've read on other TWD blogs this was a keeper. I'll have to give it a try. Yours looks delish! I wonder if the almond flavored whipped cream would go better with the Amaretti cookies since they are almond flavored? Who knows.

April said...

Glad you found some cookies to use. Your Torte looks AMAZING!!! So beautiful. It looks very rich. I think I need to add it to the Sunday treat list in a few weeks.

Leslie said...

This looks delicious! I bet the slight flavor of cinnamon was nice with the chocolate and almonds.