Yes, I'm down to the wire. Fortunately, this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is perfect for that. Holly of PheMOMenon chose 15-Minute Magic--Chocolate Amaretti Torte for us to make this week. And I'm happy to report that it really did come together in a short amount of time. Unlike some of my blogging friends, I didn't actually time it. =) But even with Brianna helping, it was in the pan pretty quickly. And it didn't really tie up the oven for that long, either.
The ingredient list was fairly short, but did have one key thing that a number of people had trouble finding. Dorie recommends a specific brand of amaretti cookies, Amaretti di Saronno from D. Lazarroni & Co. Some people had a hard time finding amaretti at all, let alone those ones. Some people made their own. I am fortunate enough to have a great place to shop, and I was able to find the small version of the cookies. There was a spot on the shelf for the big ones, but it was empty.
Besides the amaretti, you just need chocolate, almonds, sugar, eggs and butter. And the batter comes together quickly in the food processor. It goes into a parchment lined 8-inch pan and is baked until cracked on top and the center is still moist but not wet--25 to 30 minutes (mine took 33). Once cooled, the torte gets a ganache glaze. I didn't quite follow the recipe there--I just made some ganache with 2 ounces each of bittersweet chocolate and heavy cream and added a bit of rum to it.
The verdict? Jamie really liked it, which I expected. I thought it was okay, but I'm not a big fan of almond flavor, and the amaretti are very strongly flavored. Since it was so late, I didn't chill the torte at all. I wonder if I might like it better cold. I'll have to let the girls try it tomorrow. Worst case, I'll keep some for Jamie and take the rest to work or to the teachers at the daycare. =)
To give the torte a try for yourself, head on over to Holly's blog for the recipe. And be sure to check out all the other wonderful variations on this week's cake by looking through the TWD blogroll.