one 10-inch cake

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler; set aside.

Step 2

Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar; beat well after each addition. Add chocolate and almonds; stir well.

Step 3

Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into batter.

Step 4

Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven; invert pan, and cool about 40 minutes before removing from pan.

Step 5

Note: Finely grated nuts are used instead of flour in this recipe. A hand grinder is preferable to a food processor or blender because electric machines bring out the oil in nuts. If a blender or food processor is used, grate only 1/2 cup at a time. Do not pack down when measuring.

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