This re-count of events is as picturesque as the Island itself...
No matter what the truth is, I'm thrilled that this fortunate mishap happened. For many years of baking this cake, I've truly been elated with the creation of one of the most deliciously decadent chocolate almond tortes ever...well at least in my opinion.
The fame behind the 'Torta Caprese' is obviously not only due to the romanticised legends. It is most definitely because of its decadent flavour and its simple preparation. This formula leads to an absolutly sublime outcome derived by pure quality ingredients.
BUTTER: usually, tons of this flavourful fat is used to fulfill the richness desired.
CHOCOLATE: in addition to using bittersweet chocolate...some will add a small amount of cocoa powder to increase the chocolate's intensity.
EGGS: some whip the egg whites separately to give a somewhat lighter texture.
ESSENCE: to enhance the nutty flavour, some add almond or vanilla extract, liquor and also a citrus zest. I only add the orange zest when it’s very aromatic. Also, as much as I enjoy using liquor in many of my desserts I did not realize an added benefit from it.
SUGAR: confectioner's sugar has been used in part or in whole.
. 200g (8 oz.) bittersweet (60-70%) chocolate
. 125 ml (1 stick --1/2 cup) unsalted butter
. 125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil (grape seed preferred)
. 260g (2 cups) raw Almonds,* coarsely crushed
. 15 ml (1 Tbsp.) baking powder
. pinch of sea salt
. 5 xLarge eggs
. 220g (1 cup) granulated sugar
. 15 ml (1 Tbsp.) pure vanilla extract
. 1 finely zested Orange (optional)
. confectioner’s sugar for optional dusting
* Almonds can be substituted by hazelnuts (slightly toasted with skins rubbed off). Pecans or Walnuts are also great alternatives. The results of using other nuts or a combination should be equally successful.
Position rack in the center of the oven.
Use a round sized 10 x 2 in. (26 x 5cm) shallow corning ware or similar cake pan.
Place onto a baking sheet.
It’s safe to say that for those who appreciate chocolate...you will find a way to have some at least every other day ;o)