This is another of those posts where I get to tell you how incredibly blown away I am by a recipe at once so simple, using only a handful of ingredients, yet achieving extraordinarily elegant and sophisticated results. How anything as easy to make as this Chocolate Almond Tweed Torte can have any right to impress anyone I don’t know…but I’m not complaining. I just love it when that happens!
Not only do I not have time to complain, I don’t have time anymore to seek out show-stopping impressive desserts that are certain to get high marks for technical merits. Having said that I also don’t want to sacrifice points for artistic interpretation either.
But a “Tweed Torte”? I surprised myself for even stopping long enough to take a look at this dessert named for a scratchy, moisture resistant wool twill used for old coats and bad hats. This name didn’t signal “sophisticated” to me but since I was desperate to audition some gluten free options for a future dinner gathering I was planning I decided to give it a go. Also, I had all the ingredients in the pantry and I just love it when that happens too.
It seems that Tweed Tortes are usually made with ground up walnuts but once I discovered that almonds, like chocolate, were also on the list of Top Ten Aphrodisiac Foods I decided I wanted to switch things up a bit in the name of love and so in they went. Almonds and chocolate are a natural combo so I knew I wouldn’t be in any risky territory here.
The use of almonds here actually drives the dessert up a notch or two on the sophistication ladder suggesting less brownie in its flavor profile and instead giving the palette more of a Julia Child’s famous Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocolat impression. And seriously, any time you can do something like while also adding in another food with aphrodisiac qualities to the mix, shouldn’t you want to?