On a recent trip to the Algarve, I have rediscovered this traditional dessert. Made with one of Algarve’s best known food products, the almonds, this torte can be found in any local coffee shop or patisserie. Perfect after a sunny lunch or if you feeling naughty, breakfast!
Almond Torte / Torta de Amêndoa do Algarve
For the torte
6 egg whites
250 gr of caster sugar
Zest of 1 orange
200 gr of ground almonds
For the filling
6 egg yolks
150 gr of caster sugar
2 tbsp of water
Pre-heat the even at 150 º C.
Butter a deep baking tray with butter and line it with baking parchment. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk the egg whites with the sugar until they form glossy soft peaks. Fold in the ground almonds and the orange zest. Transfer to the baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling by heating up the sugar with the water until it becomes syrup (approx 8 minutes). Let it cool down and add the egg yolks previously beaten. Mix well and return to a medium heat for another 3-4 minutes until it thickens. Let it cool down completely.
Turn the torte on top of a clear surface, spread the egg filling and slowly roll. Cover with the remain of the filling on top.