Torte Mantovana (almond and pine nut cakes)

Torte Mantovana

I love Italy, I love most all things Italian from the wines to food to cars and fashion; this is my tribute to Italy, and their delicious baked goods. These are delightful, little cakes that are best served for dessert with strong coffee and a liqueur or a glass of moscato.

Torte Mantovana

  1. 1 1/2 sticks of butter (unsalted)
  2. 4 large egg yolks
  3. 1 large egg (white and yolk)
  4. 3/4 cup of sugar
  5. 1 1/3 cups of flour
  6. 1/2 cup of sliced or slivered almonds
  7. 1/2 cup of pine nuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and butter 2, 8 inch round or square cake pans. Melt the butter and cool. In a large bowl mix the yolks, whole egg and sugar until well blended. Add butter to the egg mixture and beat until combined. Sift the flour mix into the egg mix and continue beating until well blended.

Divide the batter between the pans and sprinkle with the nuts. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired or sprinkle with granulated sugar.

I love this for breakfast with a strong cup of coffee.

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