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I find myself making this Chocolate Almond Torte when I crave chocolate. I love this chocolate cake's moist texture and its rich chocolate flavor. What you may find unique is that ground almonds are used instead of flour in this cake. The ground almonds add a subtle almond flavor as well as a pleasant coarseness to the torte's texture.

When you make this type of cake you will notice that during baking, the torte will rise and the surface will become all cracked and crisp. However, as it cools the torte shrinks, leaving a crater like top. I love how the crisp outside crust is the perfect contrast to the moist interior of the cake. Don't worry if pieces of the crust fall off. That is what is so great about this cake, how rustic it looks. So just go ahead and press any fallen pieces back into place.

Making this torte the same day it's to be served, results in a wonderfully delicate and moist cake with a sharp chocolate flavor. But my favorite way to eat this cake is to refrigerate it overnight. This softens the chocolate flavor and although the cake is still moist, it takes on a more dense and fudgy texture. This torte is excellent plain with a just a dusting of powdered sugar, or you can serve it with softly whipped cream, fresh berries, creme anglaise, raspberry sauce, or a strawberry sauce.

A note on ingredients. Ground almonds are used in this recipe. As the recipe states you can take blanched almonds (slivered, sliced or whole) and process them in your food processor until finely ground. Or you can just buy ground almonds (also known as almond meal/flour) in some grocery stores or health food stores (use 1 cup (100 grams) ground almonds). Also, as a sidenote, Americans tend to use the word "Torte" for any type of European-style cake that contains little or no flour, although sometimes containing ground nuts or breadcrumbs. In Europe, "Torte" or "Torta" is the name used for any single or multi-layered decorated cake containing rich ingredients.

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