Izy’s Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte

Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte

This weekend, all I really wanted to do was bake. The weather was becoming more disappointing by the minute and I was in a particularly domesticated mood. Since, the summer holiday break from university had commenced I also had the perfect opportunity to finally rifle through the extensive stack of cookbooks I had accumulated in the last couple of months.

I had been waiting for the ideal opportunity to cook from the Top with Cinnamon cookbook as I had been a fan of Izy’s blog for a while, due to her beautifully moody photography, youthful perspective and always delicious recipes that leave me ravenously hungry after each visit.

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As I thumbed through each page of the book, deciding against all the delectable and exciting baked goods I can see myself creating, I stopped upon this Chocolate Chip and Amaretto Torte.

This was actually was the first recipe I landed upon when I opened the cookbook and as I continued to flick through the numerous pages – it was the recipe I returned too. It’s intricate and delicate presentation had gained my undivided attention.

Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte

Chocolate Chip and Amaretto torte is a recipe of perfect proportions, with almost every ingredient measured at ½ a cup – making it the ideal treat for when you are craving something simple yet deliriously delicious.

Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte

It has a distinct and intense almond flavour due to the almond meal, crushed Amaretti biscuits and almond liqueur. The torte is also punctuated by slightly melted dark chocolate chips, which when combined with the almond base forms a delectable and textural crunch. With a generous sprinkling of icing sugar, the torte is complete.

Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto TorteIzy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto TorteIzy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte

Izy’s Chocolate Chip and Amaretto Torte is presented with an intricate laced icing sugar pattern, making it not only delicious when eaten but visually stunning too. This torte was (too) quickly devoured in my household… and I have no doubt it will be enjoyed just as much by you in yours. It is utterly delicious and due to its much loved success, I look forward to seeing what the next treat I bake from the Top with Cinnamon cookbook is.

Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte

Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 8 - 10
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup crushed Amaretti biscuits
  • 2 tbsp amaretto liqueur
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  1. Preheat an oven to 180 C (350 F). Line, grease and flour a 20 cm tart tin and set aside.
  2. Separate the eggs into 2 large bowls. Whisk the egg white bowl with the salt until you reach soft peaks. Once reached, in a steady stream add half the caster sugar and whisk until firm peaks develop.
  3. In the egg yolk bowl, add the butter and remaining half of the caster sugar and beat until light and fluffy. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour, almond meal, baking powder and crushed Amaretti biscuits and the liqueur.
  4. Fold one quarter of the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture to loosen it. Once loosened, add the rest of the egg whites and gently fold to combine. (At this point I folded in half of my dark chocolate chips into the batter to disperse them evenly through it, whereas Izy states to sprinkle them over the top at the end. Either way works just as well.)
  5. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool completely before turning out onto a plate. Set a wire rack over the top and flip the torte over so that it is facing bottom and smooth side up. Dust generously with icing sugar and serve.

 Izy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto TorteIzy's Chocolate Chip Amaretto Torte


  • Reply Meli December 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Thalia, this torte looks sooo delicious! I discovered your site today, congratulations, you are a perfect cook and marvellous photographer!

  • Reply DOnna December 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This is gorgeous! Looks so delicious I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Bec December 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’m a sucker for amaretto – my favourite cocktail is an amaretto sour.. mmmmmmmmmm. Lovely photos!

  • Reply Christine December 2, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Wow, this does sound delicious! I’m jealous you live somewhere where you get a summer break now…it must be tropical!

  • Reply Habiba November 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

    My goodness, this looks and sounds delicious! Pinned to try ASAP 🙂

  • Reply Cakespy November 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    So sophisticated, yet with a people-pleasing flavor. Love this.

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking November 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful Torte and I love the lace icing sugar design.

  • Reply Dishtales November 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Although I’m really bad at baking, I can’t stop staring at your DELICIOUS blog! Can’t make it, but definitely crave it 🙂 Nevertheless, your page has motivated me already to tryout a couple of your recipes. Will definitely let you know how they turn out…fingers crossed that I don’t burn yet another cake 🙂 🙂 Keepup the great work and thanks for your comments on my blog! <3

  • Reply Barb Bamber November 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Such a pretty cake to serve guests, especially around Christmas time. I’ve just been looking through your blog and am so impressed.. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t doing anything so creative at such a young age! And school on top of that? Pretty impressive! xx

  • Reply dianne bibby November 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Love the look of this torte. Almond and chocolate is such a great combination. Am going to try this recipe for a party this weekend. Especially nice for those who prefer something a little less sweet with their coffee.

  • Reply Amanda November 27, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I love all the flavor in this gorgeous torte!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    That is so pretty! I’m making this when I really want to impress someone. The photos are beautiful.

  • Reply The Blonde Chef November 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I am so intrigued by this torte! It looks incredible and, I’m sure, sounds like it tastes delicious! I love a challenge, so I look forward to making this soon!

  • Reply Sarah @ Savoring Spoon November 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

    What a beautiful torte! I have a tart pan that is waiting to be broken in, so this is perfect!

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure November 26, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Thalia, this is looking very beautiful.. Love all the ingredients used, Amaretto is one of my favorite ingredients..love anything with it:)

  • Reply Lindsey @ AMerican Heritage Cookin November 26, 2014 at 5:08 am

    This torte looks fabulous! Love the chocolate chip and I am always up for amaretto flavor! Perfect for a break from the usual holiday desserts!

  • Reply Jo // The Luminous Kitchen November 26, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Izy’s cookbook is on my Christmas list!! This looks just gorgeous Thalia. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m so glad to “meet” you. xxx

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina November 26, 2014 at 4:22 am

    This tart looks so beautiful! And I love how there’s amaretto in it, one of my favorite liquors! Pinned!

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 26, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Wow, this torte!! Intense almond flavor due to the almond meal, crushed Amaretti biscuits and almond liqueur. This sounds FABULOUS to an almond lover like me! and love Izy’s book and blog!

  • Reply Mira November 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Looks delicious, this torte is something I would love to try! So easy to make! Will check Izy’s blog out!

  • Reply sue/the view from great island November 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    This looks so light and simple, and the combo of chocolate and amaretto is so heady— love it!

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane November 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    What a wonderful idea to add alcohol to a torte – it’s perfectly luxurious for the holiday season, too! I will have to check out Izy’s blog. I could be wrong but I think she’s British – there aren’t that many of us so we really need to stick together!
    You’ve reminded me to get my cook books out, too. They’re still all packed away since our move – got to change this and get cooking!

  • Reply Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze November 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    This torte looks gorgeous! I love the amaretto liquor and almond flavors going into the cake! Yum. Pinned. 🙂

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert November 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This torte looks incredible, Thalia! I want to sink my teeth into it.

  • Reply Julia November 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    OOF! This looks phenomenal! My family would take to this thing in .2 seconds and have it demolished lickety split! I love baking with almond meal, so I say bring on that almond and chocolate! If you need me, I’ll be in a corner somewhere hoarding all the torte 😉

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery November 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I just stole my family’s tart tin so I could use it for the blog and have been searching for a good recipe for weeks! I’m obsessed with Izy’s recipes, and yours, too! I think it’s all a sign.

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter November 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I love weekends when we have no plans and I get to bake:) This torte looks gorgeous, Thalia! Love the flavors in here and the cookbook sounds awesome, I can’t wait to check it out.

  • Reply Renee @ Two in the Kitchen November 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    This torte is just lovely! I love the texture on the top!!! Beautiful! 🙂

  • Reply Faith (An Edible Mosaic) November 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    What a beautiful torte! I’ve been wanting to check out Izy’s book and now I know I need to sooner rather than later. This would be a lovely mid-afternoon treat along with a cup of coffee.

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    The patterns on top are so pretty! They’re like flocked fabric! 😀

  • Reply Jayanthisindhiya November 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Lovely torte,awesome,nice dessert

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita November 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This looks stunning, I love the lacy powdered sugar. So simply beautiful! I must try this torte!

  • Reply Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy November 25, 2014 at 3:08 am

    wow this is a gorgeous dessert! YUM!

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish November 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Beautiful torte! And I love the depth of texture and flavor from almond meal. Love the romantic lacey presentation:-)

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode November 25, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I need that book! I finally had some time to cook yesterday and it was glorious.

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali November 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    looks very pretty Thalia! All I want to do these days is bake too. I guess it’s the weather!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice November 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This torte looks beautiful, Thalia! I love baking when the weather gets colder, too, and you picked the perfect treat to whip up! Love the amaretto flavor, too!

  • Reply Jenny @ BAKE November 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I love baking over chilly winter weekends, this torte looks amazing!

  • Reply Adri November 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Che bella torta! I have got to try this. It sounds buonissima!

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen November 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    “This weekend, all I really wanted to do was bake” <– Story of my life 🙂 This torte looks absolutely wonderful and perfect alongside tea!!

  • Reply Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers November 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful. Must put this cookbook on my Christmas list 🙂

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean November 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Beautiful presentation Thalia! I haven’t checked out Top with Cinnamon, but this recipe is tempting me! I love the addition of almond meal… it adds so much depth to the texture and flavor! Hope you have a restful summer break! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!

  • Reply Christine // my natural kitchen November 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    This looks so pretty! I love that it’s such a quick but impressive-looking treat to whip up. Izy’s book has been on my cookbook wish list since it came out!

  • Reply Muna Kenny November 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

    This dessert looks sophisticated! Is it alright to skip the amaretto liqueur, or do I have to replace it with something?

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