Just wanted to let you all know there’s been some sad stuff going on in life that has prevented me from being able to cook, bake and get some posts up. To add to all that, yesterday, my father was admitted to the hospital, so the Passover and Easter posts I had planned will have to wait. However, I will have a Secret Recipe Club post up on the 9th, with Bad Boy First Love Part 9, only because I finished it about three weeks ago, so at least I can give you something until everything is hopefully better again.
Thanks, and hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. xoxo
UPDATE Feb, 2019. I found the photo and recipe of this Chocolate-Amaretti cake I made for a Daring Kitchen (no longer alive) article about 11 years ago. It differs from other Chocolate – Amaretti cakes with the addition of a little flour, which is paramount to cutting the density a bit, but in a good way. I really wanted to share it with you all, so I found yet another almost empty post (which kind of bugged me for years) to do it in. Any recipe-less almost empty posts need a recipe (OCD).
That said, I love almond flavored cakes in any form. Growing up, our neighbor, who was a PHENOMENAL, and very proud Italian Cook, and baker, used to make the most incredible almond amaretto pound cake in the world (not to mention a ridiculously amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Amaretto Pound Cake!). I wish I had the recipe! Dang.
This recipe does not contain Amaretto, but you can add a shot or two to the chocolate ganache topping if you like!
Hope you try it and love it!
Chooclate – Amaretti Cake
- ⅔ cup (100 grams, 3.5 ounces) chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
- 6 (70 grams, 2.5 ounces) crunchy amaretti cookies *
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour (25 grams, 1 ounce) (or rice flour to make it gluten-free)
- 2 tablespoons (25 grams, 1 ounce) ground amaretti cookies *
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup (150 grams, 5.5 ounces) sugar
- ⅔ cup (100 grams, 3.5 ounces) chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- ½ cup (100 ml, 3.5 fluid ounces) heavy cream
- extra ground or crumbled amaretti cookies and slivered almonds (toasted, if desired) for topping
- In a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl over a simmering pot of hot water, making sure the water does NOT touch the bottom of the bowl, melt the chocolate with the butter and espresso powder (if using) until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in the almond extract, if using. Let cool completely.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
- Grease (with extra butter or spray oil or just a neutral oil) an 8-inch or 9-inch springform pan (I used an 8-inch springform) or cake pan and line with a circle of parchment paper, and grease that too. If you don't have parchment circles, just grease the pan well.
- Grind the crunchy amaretti in a food processor or just crumble them as finely as you can. Coat the bottom and side of the pan with all the crumbs. Place in the fridge to 'set' the crumbs.
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, ground amaretti cookies, baking powder and salt, set aside.
- In another bow, beat the eggs and sugar until light in color and very fluffy. It will thicken slightly, and when it does, it's ready.
- Gently fold in the flour, ground amaretti cookies, baking powder and salt mixture, then the cooled melted chocolate-butter mixture.
- Pour the batter into the crumb coated cake or springform pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 to 15 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl over a simmering pot of hot water, making sure the water does NOT touch the bottom of the bowl, melt the chocolate with the cream until smooth, or alternatively, place the chocolate in a bowl, then heat the cream in the microwave, and pour it over the chocolate in a bowl, letting it sit until the chocolate is melted, then stirring until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate ganache icing over the top of the cake. If some of it drips down the sides, no worries! Top the cake with the slivered almonds (as you can see in my photo, I lined the perimeter of the cake with the almonds, for a fancy finish, but you can just scatter them on top) and extra ground or crumbled amaretti cookies, if desired. This cake can be chilled before eaten, if you prefer, but we like it room temp.
Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear about your father and the sad stuff. I wish you all the best. I hope everything is better very, very soon.
I’m so sorry you’re going through a sad time, Lisa. I hope things look up soon. Best wishes to your father as well. xxx
I am ever so sorry to hear that. I hope things will get better soon.
Thinking of you and best wishes to your father.
I’m sorry to hear about your dad, sending you prayers on this amazing weekend. And boy, am I looking forward to Monday! Ha!
love and hugs, Lisa. Call if you need a shoulder.
I am so sorry – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family – I hope your father is home soon and feeling good! Rest assured we will all be here when you return…
Let us know if there is anything we can do to help!
Whatever is happening, prayers that it resolves as well and easily as it can – for peace and comfort. Hugs for the stress. Wishing you a wonderful holiday
Hi Lisa, very sorry to hear about your dad. I pray that all will be well with your family. I send you my love and prayers! Take care.
I’m praying that these sad times will pass quickly and that they will make you a stronger person.
Praying also for your Dad.
Thank you so much, Charlie 🙂
Thinking of you, baby, and prayers for your dad. xoxo
So sorry to hear sweetie; you just take good care of your family and you, that’s all that matters. Hugs; wishing they could be for real.
🙁 Thoughts and prayers to you! Hope everything works out for you!
Really sorry about what you’re going through right now. Praying for your family at this time. Hugs
Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear this. Sending a big hug and prayers your way. I hope your dad is well very soon! Take Care. XO, Sue
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, BAM
So sorry to hear about your troubles Lisa – hope you manage to have a good holiday and all best wishes…
Oh honey, I am so sorry to hear that things have been rough lately. I hope your father is ok, too! If you need an ear to talk to, you have my number!!! Love you!
Sorry to hear you’re going through a rough time, Lisa. Sending positive thoughts your way, and prayers for your dad. Just finished reading Bad Boy Part 8 – that egg cream is as sexy as your story!
Lisa, wishing you better days ahead and best of luck to your father!
Oh honey, I am sorry. Hang in there, thinking of all of you.
Sending light and love your way my friend! Hugs, Terra
Oh Lisa! I am so sorry to hear about your dad being sick and about the other stuff 🙁 Sending big hugs to you and I will think of you – and pray for you whenever I do!
So sorry Lisa, sending you hugs and prayers. Take your time!!
Oh Lisa I’m so sorry your family is going through a lit right now.
Sending you good energy. Hope things are better soon.
Oh no I am sorry to hear about your dad and other bad stuf. I have been of the blog radar so only read this now. I send you good energy to help you through this rough time. Need anything let me know xxx eve
Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.