Check out this king's cake recipe (torta del re recipe) for the Passover / Pesach festival, one of several traditional dessert recipes for a number of Jewish communities in Italy.
"Torta del Re" means "King's Cake" in Italian. The origin of this recipe is said to be from a woman whose chef was a close friend of the King of Italy's chef. A King's Cake recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival is popular among Italian-Jews. There are variations of King's Cake recipes, and the following King's Cake recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival is but one of them.
King's Cake Recipe - Torta del Re Recipe (from Italy)
5 large eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups sugar
10 ounces (2 1/2 cups or 295.73 milliliters) blanched almonds, ground very fine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Grated rind of one lemon
Sliced, toasted almonds for garnish
Instructions for the King's Cake recipe - Torta del Re recipe:
- Line bottom of a 10-inch (25.4 centimeter) cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with margarine, or grease a 10-inch (25.4 centimeter) springform pan.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
- Whisk together yolks, sugar, extracts and lemon rind in a large bowl. The mixture is very thick and hard to mix. Whisk until pale.
- Stir in the ground almonds.
- Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form; either a mixer or a whisk may be used. (Don't make too stiff.)
- Stir in about one-third of the egg whites to lighten, then fold in the rest of the egg whites.
- Pour into the pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until firm. The top will be light brown.
- Let cool completely.
- Cut around the edges with a sharp knife.
- Carefully invert and remove the parchment.
- Reinvert onto a serving plate and sprinkle with toasted almonds. (Almonds were sprinkled on before baking, and this turned out to be fine.)