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Mandeltorte (sort Of)

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Today I made a cake that turned out really well for me. It is a gluten-free version of a mandeltorte.

You bake it at 350. I used 2 glass pie plates (the old fashioned kind from pyrex) and just poured the better into them straight. They were in there for 30 minutes and then I turned the over off and let them coast to a brown, if you know what I mean.

Take 1 cp. of almond meal, heaped.

add 3/4 cps of sugar

add 6 egg yolks and 1 whole egg (save the 6 whites for later)

mix on high speed

add the juice from one lemon (small)

add 1 tsp of cinnamon

add 1 tsp of ground ginger

add 1 tblsp of vanilla

add 1 cup of pecans and dried cranberries

add 1/2 cup of brown sugar

add 1/3 heaping cup of rice flour and garbanzo bean flour (about 50-50)

mix on med-- don't worry if it chops your pecans up a bit. No biggie.

Separately, beat your egg whites until peaks form (but not until stiff) and

add 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar

add 1/2 cp of sugar and beat until glossy

Fold the egg whites into the batter. Stir in 1.5 apples, cored, peeled and chopped. I used MN honey golds, which are red but which are a teensy bit tart.

Pour batter into pie plates immediately (the almond meal will settle to the bottom. Can't be helped.) Distribute the apples nicely.

When these are done, they will be golden brown on top and the top will be airy, a bit like the crust of an angelfood cake. In theory, you are supposed to turn these out (and in theory the bottom will fall a bit) and fill them with whipped cream and fruit and stuff like that. Your call. Mine never made it to th "turn out" stage.

The almond settles into the bottom and the cake is very moist. In a way, they are closer to bars or really reminiscent of the texture of those lemon bars I used to love (BC-- before celiac!)

I hope you like them.

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looks yummy -- added to my to try file

one of these days when I get 30 minutes in a row!

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Thanks for sharing this recipe Lisa! I've never tried a Mandeltorte, but it sounds really good!

looks yummy -- added to my to try file

one of these days when I get 30 minutes in a row!

Omg I have such a huge "to try file"!!

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