Easter weekend on the Plaza in KC…
Where is the torte? Well, I made it and we’ll get to it in a minute. Frankly, I am just annoyed with and embarrassed by the photos of the dang thing. Every time I think I am going to purchase a new camera some sizable, but not catastrophic, bill comes my way. Dental work. Car repairs. School registration. More dental work. The list goes on and on. If we were the type to actually create a household budget, we would definitely have to include a line item for “Annoying and unexpected sh**.” I suppose that is life but it doesn’t help me when I am forced to make something at night and suffer the photographic consequences.
Yes, I made this last Thursday night to take to work on Friday. Along with Easter, we celebrated my dad’s birthday on Sunday. Cake is a requirement. Fancy torte does not equal cake in the minds of a 7 and 4 yr old. Birthdays have layers and frosting and candles. Period.
So, I braved on with my World Market amaretti (oh how I heart World Market). My $2.49 purchase somehow increased exponentially with some Mango salad dressing on sale and other “essential items” (no wonder I don’t have a new camera).
The best thing about this torte? I made it with Colin, who was banished to the kitchen by his father and brother after jumping on and over them on the couch one too many times. He loved whirring the food processor. Clearly, I did not even attempt to time the preparation of the 15 minute torte. I think we exceeded the time limit on retrieving stray bits of egg shell alone. Everything did end up coming together smoothly. But, somehow I mucked up the sauce and it was more than a little grainy.
Overall, this looked like a brownie but was not satisfying to me in the fudgy chocolatey heavenly brownie way. Nobody else at home really loved it either. I think the texture of the amaretti and the almonds threw everyone off, including me. Apparently, I have texture issues. I have never thought of myself as someone with “issues” but here we are. It didn’t exactly fly off the table at work either. I was about to declare it a total lost cause when my colleague emailed to tell me how much she liked it. No texture issues for her.
Brownie? Not so fast my friend…
The full recipe is on Holly at Phemomenon’s site. Other tortes at TWD. She has lots of other great stuff too. Next week: Chocolate Bread Pudding. this looks goooood.