Almond-Lemon Torte with Fresh Strawberries
Adapted from Epicurious


Mild olive oil (not extra-virgin) for brushing pan plus 6 tablespoons

4 tablespoons unsalted matzo meal, divided in two
2 cups almond flour or almond meal
1 cup sugar, divided into thirds
6 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice (I used a blood orange)
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Sauce and berries:
3 cups sliced stemmed strawberries (about 2 pounds), divided
1 tablespoon (or more) sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice


For cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush 9-inch-diameter spring-form pan or cake pan with oil. Line the bottom of the pan with a parchment paper round and brush top of the paper with oil. Place 2 tablespoons matzo meal in pan and shake pan to coat, tapping out the excess when done.

In a medium bowl, stir together remaining 2 tablespoons matzo meal, almond flour, and 1/3 cup sugar. Take two large bowls and place egg yolks in one and egg whites in another. Add 1/3 cup sugar to yolks, and, using electric mixer, beat yolk mixture until thick and fluffy. You will see the mixture lighten in color.

Beat in 6 tablespoons olive oil drizzling the oil gradually, allowing it to emulsify with the yolks, then lemon juice, orange juice, and lemon and orange zest.

With a spatula, mix in dry ingredients until just combined.

Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to whites, and, using clean dry beaters, beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into yolk mixture in 3 additions. Folding is different from mixing. To fold, you gently lift the bottom of the batter with a spatula and gently place it atop the egg white. You delicately repeat the process until the mixture is combined, but not mixed. You will see the whites giving it lightness and structure.

Gently, as not to collapse the batter, transfer it to prepared pan. Sprinkle almonds over.

Bake cake until golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool cake completely in pan. Invert the cake over onto a baking rack and then onto a plate or a cake stand.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover cake pan with foil and let stand at room temperature.

For sauce and berries:

Combine 3 cups sliced strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until smooth. Sweeten sauce with more sugar and/or more lemon juice, if desired and transfer to a bowl. Cover and chill. Can be made ahead.

Serve the cake slices with the strawberry puree.

© 2020 Olga Massov