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Almond-Lemon Torte

Cooking Light MARCH 2002

  • Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon matzo cake meal
  • 1 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1 cup coarsely ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Strawberries (optional)


Preheat oven to 325°.

To prepare the cake, coat a 9-inch springform cake pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon matzo cake meal.

Lightly spoon 1 cup matzo cake meal into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1 cup matzo cake meal, almonds, 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon rind, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a fork until blended. Stir in 3 egg yolks.

Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-fourth of the egg white mixture into matzo mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Pierce top of torte with a wooden skewer in several places.

To prepare glaze, combine 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon rind, juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 egg yolk in a small saucepan; stir well with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Pour glaze over cake in pan; let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish with lemon slices and strawberries, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 238
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 7.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 37.1g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 77mg
  • Calcium: 44mg

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Almond-Lemon Torte Recipe