Almond Orange Bars

Soft crumbly almond orange bars are a flourless almond torte/brownie like dessert made with all the goodness of crushed almonds.  I got the idea for this almond bar when I was making a Spanish almond cake called Tarta de Santiago—Galicia.  The almond cake was wonderfully fluffy and light but it took 6 eggs to make it that way and I thought let me try and make a version with just 2 eggs and alter the recipe a bit.  Here I was trying to figure out if anyone would like this almond bar like cake when a funny thing happened;  the family started trying it and absolutely loved it!

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What they liked is the nutty texture and the almond and orange flavors, but they also liked that the bars didn’t taste eggy.   The bar is a little more dense and not as fluffy like a traditional cake but mosit and delicious nonetheless.

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You can bake the almond torte it in a square pan for bars or a round cake pan for an almond torte.  Give it a try!

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Almond Orange Bar
with inspiration from Tarta de Santiago—Galicia from Spain. Almond cake on Epicurious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 drops almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

  • Line the bottom of a 10, 11 or 12 inch round, square or rectangular cake pan with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper and the sides with butter and dust it with sugar. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and orange juice together until smooth. Next beat in the zests.
  • In another bowl mix together almond meal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add this to the liquid mixture.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.  If the top starts to brown too much at the 15 minute mark, place a parchment paper over the cake and continue baking until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before taking out of pan.
  • Cut into pieces and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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