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Passover recipes are always full of beaten egg whites. The first few Passovers I was married I didn't have an electric mixer kosher for Passover, and I would beat those egg whites by hand. It gave me a really good workout each year, considering how many egg whites you can beat over the 7/8 day holiday. After a few years I got smart and finally bought an electric mixer. I stopped getting my workout, and started baking more cakes. I always gain weight over the holiday, sigh...
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line the bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan with foil.
- Grease the foil.
- Melt the margarine and chocolate over low heat or in the microwave.
- Stir until smooth and let cool.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, about about 2 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, beat together the yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 1 minute.
- Blend in the chocolate mixture and stir in the almonds.
- Fold in the beaten whites, 1/3 at a time, into the chocolate until no streaks of white remain.
- Scrape into prepared pan.
- Place an 8 inch baking pan with 1 inch of water in it on the bottom rack of the oven (to make the torte more moist).
- Bake the torte on center rack at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes, or until sides begin to pull away from pan and top is set in center.
- Cover the torte loosely with foil for the last 20 minutes of baking.
- Note: Don't worry if the cake cracks because the top will be on the bottom later.
- Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes and then carefully remove sides of pan.
- Invert onto a serving plate and cool completely.
- You can top with whipping cream or dust with confectioner's sugar if you want.
I was brave and took this torte to our Seder. It got rave reviews! I did add 1 cup chopped apricot as another reviewer suggeseted. Tonight, I think I will be adding dried cherries or cranberries instead. The process is simple and results marvelous. Thanks!
Well, it's possible I totally destroyed this as a 'Passover' torte, but I added a cup of finely chopped dried apricots, AND IT WAS DELICIOUS!! I did think the ground almonds would be overpowering, but they weren't, & it all came together very nicely! Thanks, much, for tempting me with this recipe!