One of the best parts of having backyard chickens is the eggs – eggs for days. Free eggs. Some people refer to their chickens as the only pet that pays rent. It’s funny but true. It’s easy to get in a rut with how you use your eggs so we thought you might like to try our Flourless Italian Amaretto Chocolate Cake!
After chocolate made its way from the Americas to Spain in the 1600s the Italians came to know Spanish chocolate. They began to create their own recipes too. It was probably an Italian invention to add strong fragrances such as jasmine, almonds, amber and vanilla to chocolate.
What’s So Special About Almonds?
Most people don’t think of Italy when they think of chocolate, but they do think of Amaretto — the liquor that tastes like liquid marzipan. Yum!! Do you like Almond Joy bars but hate coconut? Then you’ll just love this cake!
“In 1742, William Parks printed a copy of Eliza Smith’s cookbook, The Compleat Housewife. ‘Chocolate almonds’ was the only chocolate recipe it contained despite the popularity of chocolate among the wealthy at the time.” Wikipedia
The name of this traditional Italian liqueur comes from a contraction of the word amaro, which means bitter. The nutty taste, reminiscent of marzipan, goes back to an earlier form of production with bitter almonds.
It’s probable that almond trees originally come from Southwest Asia, however, no one really knows for sure. Most almonds in the USA today come from California: 80% of the total almond market is dominated by California almonds.
We’re not only going to flavor our cake with almonds — we’re also going to use those almonds instead of flour in our cake.
“The Lazzaroni family of Saronno, Italy, claims the title as the inventors of amaretto. However, the Reina family tells of amaretto being created by a widow who posed for Renaissance painter Bernardino Luini in 1525. The widow fell in love with the painter and made her amaretto potion for him. Her original recipe has purportedly been handed down from generation to generation without change and is currently marketed as Disaronno Originale Liqueur.” The Spruce Eats
Wait — Can You Bake a Cake Without Flour?
Baking without flour — does it work? Sure!
Today there are numerous flour alternatives that can be found on the shelves of well-stocked supermarkets. From almond flour to coconut flour to flaxseed flour — the choice is large.
Baking without flour isn’t just a stopgap solution in times of hoarding purchases — it’s been around for a while and is currently a real trend.
Baking without flour means your cake is gluten-free, too — which benefits people with gluten intolerance.
Flourless Italian Amaretto Chocolate Cake Recipe
Our cake, called Torta Caprese in Italy, is one of many almond cakes the country is famous for. There is also the Torta Mantovana, from Prato in Tuscany, and Torta Sbrisolona which is a crumbly cake made of almonds and butter from the Po Valley.
Now some of you might not like cake — and that’s okay! However, if you like almonds, you might like the hard, Italian cookies called Biscotti. Yes? Then wait for our next recipe because we’re going to treat you to that coming up next!
Flourless Italian Amaretto Chocolate Cake Ingredients
- 250 g ground almonds – 9 oz
- 150 g dark chocolate – 5 oz
- 6 backyard chicken eggs
- 200 g soft butter – 7 oz
- 150 g sugar – 5 oz
- zest of one lemon
- 1 squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 shot Amaretto
- Powdered sugar for dusting
You’ll need a 9-inch cake pan or a loaf pan depending on how you would like your cake to look.
HOT TIP! If you are having a special dinner, you can make cakes in muffin pans and serve them individually. Simply bake for 30 minutes instead of 45 minutes. Prego!
Flourless Italian Amaretto Chocolate Cake Preparation
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 170 C / 330 F. No fan.
Step 2: Gently roast the almonds in a coated pan without fat until lightly browned.
Step 3: Finely chop the chocolate and melt it in a bowl over warm water or gently in the microwave.
Atep 4: Separate the eggs. Cream the butter with the sugar and gradually add the egg yolks.
Step 5: Add the chocolate, lemon zest, and almonds and carefully mix.
Step 6: Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice until stiff and fold into the mixture.
Step 7: Grease the pan, pour in the mixture and smooth it out.
Step 8: Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
Let the cake cool, but not completely. It tastes nice when still slightly warm too!
Remove it from the pan and serve dusted with powdered sugar or top with grated chocolate.
Godetevi la torta e passate una bella giornata con le vostre galline da cortile!
Enjoy your cake and have a lovely day with your backyard chickens!