When we were in Barcelona a few summers ago, we dined at a local restaurant near the water. The meal was incredible and afterwards, while the waitstaff was getting our coffee, they placed a dessert on the table for us to pick on called gató while we waited. It was a flourless lemon almond dessert that they cut into small squares and was delicious.
I had wanted to make it when we got home, but had forgotten about it until I came across a recipe that looked similar in a special edition of Bon Appetit Tastes of the World insert.
This Flourless Lemon Almond Torte was deliciously light and VERY easy to make. I also loved how it had a minimal number of ingredients. Five to be exact and I had everything I needed already in the house: almonds, lemon, eggs, sugar, and cinnamon. It’s also gluten free, which is an added bonus and I enjoyed mine with a cup of hot tea. ~Enjoy!
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Light, lemony and gluten free, this Flourless Lemon Almond Torte is special enough for your holiday dessert table, yet simple enough for a weeknight snack.
- 1 1/2 c . Slivered Almonds
- 8 tbsp . Granulated Sugar, divided
- 4 Large Eggs, separated
- 2 Lemons, zest only
- 1/2 tsp . Ground Cinnamon
- Cooking Spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 11" tart pan with cooking spray.
- Grind the almonds and 2 tbsp. sugar in a food processor. Set aside.
- Combine egg yolks, 2 tbsp. sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon in a large bowl; then beat with an electric mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Next, fold in the almond mixture.
- In a separate bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; then gradually beat in the remaining 4 tbsp. sugar.
- Gradually fold the egg whites into the almond mixture; then transfer to your tart pan.
- Bake 20 minutes or until tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool before slicing.
Calories 106, Fat 7.5g, Carbohydrates 7.3g, Fiber 1.6g, Sugar 4.7g, Protein 4.7g
*Nutritional information provided by Calorie Count and may not be 100% accurate.