Almond Torte with Cream & Cherries

Last night I decided to try an almond torte with cherries and cream. The BC cherries are fantastic and I get raw cream from our local herd-share fresh every week, in fact I have just gotten back from picking up my share.

The almonds probably come from California. I did find a online farm-stand that would ship me nuts from the farm in 30 lb boxes, but I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet. Most almonds are pasteurized these days, unfortunately. As usual my oven burnt the hell out of my tortes. As a result I use a lower temperature for a longer time that might normally be used for a torte, feel free to experiment with the temperature.



Burmese Semolina Cake

One of my favorite places to get this cake in Yangon is at at little hole-in-the-wall fresh coffee shop on Sule Pagoda Road. In Burmese this cake is called San Win Ma Kin. 1/2 c semolina (substitute cream of wheat) 1/2 c sugar 1 c coconut cream 1 c warm water 3 eggs (beaten) 1/4 t salt 2 T clarified…

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Paska Easter Cake

Traditional Russian Orthodox Easter Cake

  • 2 ½ lbs ricotta
  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ c fine sugar
  • 1 c glazed fruit
  • 1 c golden raisins
  • ½ c blanched almonds
  • 1 ½ t vanilla

Have all ingredients room temperature. Break ricotta into small pieces. Add alternately butter and heavy cream to cheese and beat with a wooden spoon until soft and smooth.

Beat together eggs and sugar until very light. Add to cheese mixture gradually and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add all but ¼ c glazed fruit and ¼ c raisins which will be used for decoration later.



Wine Torte

(Viner Terta) is a very interesting traditional Icelandic Cake, this is a favorite recipe from Tastefully Yours, the Cook’s Book by Grace W. Taubman (1969).

Makes 2 cakes of 5 layers each

Torte Layers:

  • 1 c butter
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ c sour cream
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 6 c flour
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t ground cardamom