Sunday, June 24, 2012

Plum Torte with Almonds and Orange

¾ C sugar
½ C sliced almonds
¾ C flour
½ t baking powder
¼ t salt
6 T butter, cut into cubes
2 eggs
1 t vanilla (always use the good stuff – it does make a difference)
Zest of 1 orange
1 lb fresh plums – cut into eighths

Here’s what you need for the sauce:
½ C orange marmalade
Splash or two of dark rum
2 T brown sugar
Juice of 1 orange

Here’s what you do:
Process the sugar and almonds until finely ground. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and butter. Process a bit more. Add the eggs, vanilla and zest. Process about 10 seconds.

Spread the dough into a 9-inch springform pan which has been sprayed and floured. Arrange the plum slices, skin side up, in a pretty design. Bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees.

While the torte is in the oven, make the EXCELLENT sauce by heating the marmalade, rum, brown sugar and fresh orange juice. Boil for a few minutes until desired consistency. Strain the sauce and set aside.

Cool a bit before removing the outer ring. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with pride.

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