Chef Chuck's Crumb Torta " Sbrisolona ''
A torta so delicious with coffee or tea, sbrisolona meaning crumbly, explains the texture of this almond flavored dessert. Sbrisolona, is popular in northern Italy, a sweet recipe from the Lombardy region. A quick and inexpensive dessert to make and enjoy with your family.
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups almonds, ground
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 egg yolks
16 tablespoons butter, 2 sticks
zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
In a food processor or blender grind almonds to a fine consistency. In a bowl whisk almonds, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and egg yolks together. The mixture will be dry, cut butter in small chunks and using your hands squeeze with the dry ingredients to form a crumbly mixture. Generously butter a 9" or 10 " round pan, place half the mixture in and press down lightly, then crumble on the rest, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.