Any recipe with the word ‘magic’ in the title has got to be good, right? And it is, it so is. I spotted this recipe last year over at Serious Eats, where baking maven Dorie Greenspan has a regular column. I was drawn to it immediately, because the recipe has no wheat ingredients (last year around this time I was on a wheat elimination diet), and because it was a perfect no-flour recipe for Passover Seder. The key to the cake is all in the cookie: amaretti, an Italian cookie made with almonds and apricot kernels. The cookies get a quick blitz in the food processor, are mixed with the chocolate and other ingredients and ready to bake in a flash — literally, you guessed it, 15 minutes. After baking, the cake is cooled and glazed with a decadent chocolate ganache and is ready to be enjoyed slice by fudgy, almond flavored slice.
When I made my version of “the Magic” last year, I couldn’t help brighten up my version of the torte with some edible pansies from my garden, a quick and impossibly simple way to decorate the spartan pastry. I never snapped a shot of the interior before serving, so thankfully, I found a treasure trove of images around the blogosphere thanks to the tireless efforts of Tuesdays with Dorie, a network of food bloggers who each week collectively bake a recipe from the pages of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From my Home to Yours. Apparently they’ve been working their way through the book for quite a while, so I must be living under a rock or something. — Megan B.
Wanna make a little 15 minute magic yourself? Go to Serious Eats for the recipe.
Second photo courtesy of My Baking Heart