Bonnie's StoryPlease, if you're NOT an experienced baker don't try this recipe
This takes a long time to make, but is so good.
I have made them and loved making it. It is a cake for a very special occasion. For pictures on how to assemble and cook go to Global Table Adventures.
I decide to rename this torte/kuchen. Mandel Baum Torte/Kuchen. Mandel means almond in German and Baum means tree.
To make the Almond Paste. How to Make Almond Paste.
1 1/2 c
almond paste (preferably homemade)
half and half, i use cream
1 1/2 stick
large eggs, separated (room temp.)
1 1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract or rosewater or any extract you like
corn starch (yes, i did say, corn starch)
jam, apricot or peach or *(rose jam or jelly)*
slightly roasted almonds, chopped coarsely, my family prefers sligthly roasted hazelnuts or as the original recipe calls for chopped slightly roasted pistachio nuts
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla, i like orange extract
lyles golden syrup or corn syrup
dark belguim or french chocolate or semi sweet chocolate
extra dark rum or brandy for brushing inbetweem every 3rd or so layer of cake.
1There are 20 layers or more to this cake. The cake is refrigeratated overnight.
Start early in the morning...this is a long process.
3In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the almond paste with half and half, one tablespoon at a time. It will resemble mashed potatoes when you’re done.
8Next, sift in the flour and cornstarch in thirds. Beat until well incorporated, scraping the bowl as needed.
12Brush with butter and line a 9″ springform pan with parchment paper. Use more of butter then you think you need.
13Roll like a crepe around the pan with 1/4 cup of batter evenly in the bottom of the pan.
I rolled the pan, like I do for crepes. Just make sure you are holding the cake pan with two pot holders.
14Broil this layer until deep golden brown. Do not take out of pan. Add then another thin layer of batter on top. Roll again like for a crepe. Broil again till brown, but not burnt.
17After repeating these steps a few times, spread a layer with a bit of jam with a little rum mixed in. Continue making a few layers of cake to every layer of jam, until half the jam is used up.
I brushed dark rum on top off every 3rd layer before adding the batter.
20The next day. Spread the top and sides of cake with the jam. Set in refrigerator while making chocolate glaze.
22Melt butter in a saucepan. Add Lyles Golden syrup, vanilla extract and rum. Simmer a few minutes to let the ingredients merge well.
Remove from heat and toss in the chocolate and let chocolate melt.
24Press finely chopped slightly roasted almonds over the sides and outer edge of cake. Refrigerate to set.
25Update: Adjust broiler rack so the top of pan is about 1 inch from broiler and the bottom of the pan is 5-6 inches from the heat. Each layer should be a different color...from a light golden brown to a dark brown (but not burnt). This is what gives it the look of rings of a tree, each time you broil a layer..the whole top will not be the same color. You will get spots some a little darker and some lighter.
Here's another helpful hint. I don't use a brush to push the batter around. I pick up the pan and roll the dough making sure it gets to the edges like you do crepes in a pan. It also helps to make the batter evenly distributed so you have no doming.
Another helpful hint. Heat your jam in a double boiler and keep it warm. It will spread so much easier.
I hope this helps if you are going to make it.