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Heavenly Almond Torte

Contributed By: Cindy, FL | See all of Cindy's recipes
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Active Time:  45 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 30 Minutes
  12 Servings
This recipe has been passed down through four generations now and it is always a major hit. My husband 'assumes' he will enjoy this on his birthday. His Grandmother and then his Mother baked this. I now bake it for both my husband and children.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
4 egg yolks, beaten frothy
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. fine orange zest
3 TB. whole milk or half&half
1 cup sifted cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
4 egg white
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
1&1/2 TB. cinnamon sugar {can make mixing 1 TB. sugar with
1/2 tsp. cinnamon}
Custard for Filling:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 TB. corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
2 TB butter
2 cups scalded whole milk or half&half
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
DIRECTIONS
Cream shortening with electric beaters in large bowl.


Beat in 1/2 cup sugar and salt until light and fluffy.


Then beat in the 4 egg yolks, vanilla, almond extract, orange zest and milk.


Sift cake flour with baking powder and add to mixture; blending well.


Spread mixture into two round, greased 8' cake pans.


Now beat egg whites until very light and gradually add the 3/4 cup of sugar.


Bring to stiff peaks.


Spread gently on the unbaked cake mixture in both pans.


Top both with the almonds.


Sprinkle the 1&1/2 TB cinnamon sugar over both .


Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes.


Let cool on baking racks away from drafts.


Meanwhile ... the custard!!!


Combine the 1/3 cup granulated sugar with the salt, corn starch, egg yolks and butter.


Cream together.


Gradually add scalded milk {tempering} beating constantly


Cook in double boiler until thick - this takes around 8 minutes.


Allow to cool, stirring every few minutes.


Add the vanilla extract & almond extract.


Now place one layer of cake on serving platter.


Gently swirl 75% of the custard filling on top of this layer.


Place second layer on top of filling.


Gently swirl remaining custard in center of torte.


Can garnish with a bit of shaved bittersweet chocolate or a few fresh raspberries.


Date Added: 02/13/2010
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