first_imgThis cake is inspired by a classic recipe that originated in Brittany, France. Simply called gateau Breton — Brittany cake — it’s like a super-ultra-rich version of pound cake. Quickly mixed together by hand in a single bowl, it makes the most dense, luxurious cake ever.We’ve taken the same cake and infused it with citrus zests and warm fall spices. Walnuts and hazelnuts work just as well as the almonds, if you prefer.To make toasted, ground nuts, arrange them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes. Let them cool completely, then grind them in a food processor until finely ground, but not reduced to a paste. Alternatively, you can purchase ground almonds; simply spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until light golden. CITRUS-SPICE ALMOND BUTTER TORTEStart to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active)Servings: 121 1/4 cups granulated sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger1/4 teaspoon kosher salt6 egg yolks1 teaspoon vanilla extractZest of 1/2 orangeZest of 1/2 lemon1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted1/2 cup toasted and finely ground almonds2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted, then measured)2 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugarWhole almonds, to garnishHeat the oven to 325 F. Coat a 9-inch cake pan with baking spray, then line the bottom with a circle of baking parchment.In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and salt. Add the egg yolks, vanilla and both zests. Whisk until smooth, pale and slightly thickened. Gently whisk in the melted butter, then stir in the ground almonds. Gently fold in the flour, just until combined.Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the raw sugar over the top, then decorate with whole almonds. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and set on a wire rack to finish cooling.Nutrition information per serving: 310 calories; 180 calories from fat (58 percent of total calories); 20 g fat (11 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 145 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 16 g sugar; 4 g protein; 45 mg sodium.___EDITOR’S NOTE: Alison Ladman is a recipe developer for the AP. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CrustAndCrumbColast_img