Because green tea is more delicate than black tea, use very hot, rather than boiling, water. Bring the water to the point where it's just about to boil, and then pour it over the tea to steep. Although the cake tends to sink a bit in the center as it cools, it tastes great.
3/4 cup very hot water
6 green tea bags
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup very hot water
7 green tea bags
1 cup whole blanched almonds
1 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks
5 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
How to Make It
To prepare sorbet, pour 3/4 cup hot water over 6 tea bags in a bowl; steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags; cool tea to room temperature.
Combine 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, and honey in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves; remove from heat. Pour sugar mixture into a medium bowl, and stir in brewed tea. Cover and chill.
Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 3 hours or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350º.
To prepare cake, coat the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with wax paper; coat wax paper with cooking spray.
Pour 1/2 cup hot water over 7 tea bags in a bowl; steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags; cool tea to room temperature. Set aside.
Combine the almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and salt in food processor; process until finely ground (about 1 minute).
Place egg yolks in large bowl; beat with mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Gradually add 14 tablespoons sugar, beating until thick and pale (about 2 minutes). Place egg whites in large bowl. Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites with mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Gently fold almond mixture and brewed tea into egg white mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until cake is lightly browned and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides from springform pan. Loosen bottom of cake from pan using a spatula. Carefully remove and discard wax paper. Serve cake with sorbet.
I have been making it since it came out in 2003. Outstanding cake! light, "grown up" taste, on it's own without the sorbet. I never made the sorbet. I serve it alone with a dusting of confectioner's sugar, or for something more special- decorate lightly with whipped cream. Everyone remembers and always asks for this cake. Super.
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