Dried Fruit and Almond Torte with Carob Butter

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Dates, prunes and lots of eggs, crushed almonds and oat flour make for a moist and dense torte with a spread of Carob butter on top. 

torta de frutta e amaretto
Torta de Frutta E Amaretto

Torte of Dried Fruits

A thin sliver of this dense torte, sweet with dates and prunes is almost too healthy to be called a dessert. 

While dates are often my go-to to for sweet treats I also chose the ‘often forgotten’ prune to balance the sweet dates. 

Remembering that prunes are simply sun-dried plums, I knew the prune would bring a slightly tangy flavor to the caramel sweetness of the dates. It does!

Almond and Oat Flour

Oat flour and almond flour have become my favorite flours to use in many of my baked goods. Grinding the oats into a powder takes seconds and is one-third the cost of buying it already ground. The same for the nuts. 

This torte is rich and dense in a way that almost seems like a health bar, but it is the perfect slice for afternoon tea or an evening dessert. 

Carob Butter

Carob and cacao are not the same thing! In fact, carob powder is naturally sweeter and has a nutty flavor while cacao is bitter. 

Melting a little butter, then whisking it into a bowl of carob powder with no sugar (a drizzle of maple syrup or agave if you want a tad sweeter), does something strange. 

At first it looks as though it has separated, curdled and definitely doesn’t pour. But, while it’s warm, you simply spread and then ‘press’ it on top of the torte or cookie. 

Carob butter forms a solid top on a cake or cookie. It gives this torte a beautiful finish without mounds of icing or added sugar to an already sweet cake. 

Torta de Frutta E Amaretto

Yes, this is my take on an Italian concept for a cake! Sweet dried fruits, crushed almonds into a flour with a sprinkle of oat flour to give the torte structure. 

Call it a fruit and nut bar if you must, but this ‘torta’ is one you will make often, even if you change up the prunes for apricots or raisins!

prune dates and torte ingredients
Prunes, Dates and Torte Ingredients

Ingredients Needed

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Almonds
  • Rolled oats
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Mace
  • Cardamom
  • Pitted dates
  • Pitted prunes
  • Orang blossom water
  • Orange zest
  • Carob powder
  • Maple syrup

Equipment Needed

  • Removable bottom torte pan
  • Small pan – for melting butter
  • Basting brush
  • Food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Icing knife, or spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife

Dried Fruit and Almond Torte with Carob Butter

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: DessertCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

10

slices

Dates, prunes and lots of eggs, crushed almonds and oat flour make for a moist and dense torte with a spread of Carob butter on top. 

Ingredients

  • TORTE

  • Eggs – 4

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Butter – 16 oz (2 sticks), melted

  • Almonds – 1 cup, crushed to a powder

  • Rolled Oats – 1/2 cup, crushed to a powder

  • Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

  • Mace – 1/2 tsp

  • Cardamom – 1/2 tsp

  • Pitted Dates – 3/4 cup, finely chopped

  • Pitted Prunes – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

  • Orange blossom water – 1/2 tsp (or vanilla)

  • Orange zest – 1 tbsp

  • CAROB BUTTER

  • Carob powder – 1/2 cup

  • Butter – 4 tbsp

  • Maple syrup – 2 tbsp, or agave

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Melt 2 sticks of butter. Brush a little butter inside a removable bottom torte pan.
  • In a food processor of mixer, whisk the eggs, orange blossom, zest and sugar for a good 3-minutes until light and creamy.
  • With the machine running, slowly pour in the melted butter. Turn the machine off.
  • Add the dry ingredients. Whisk until blended.
  • Stir in the dried fruits. Transfer to the prepared torte pan.
  • Bake until golden and firm, about 45-50 minutes.
  • For the Carob butter, melt 4 tablespoons of butter, remove from the stove and whisk in the carob powder and maple syrup.
  • While the cake is still warm, spread the carob butter on top, using the back of an icing knife to press the butter into place. The carob butter is able to be molded with a knife or hands while it is warm. When is cools, it hardens.
dried fruit and almond torte with carob butter
Dried Fruit and Almond Torte with Carob Butter
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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