Portuguese almond and potato cake

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 large Baking potato, about 10 ounces
1 cup Almonds, with skins
2 teaspoons Baking powder
3 larges Eggs, separated
¾ cup Sugar
¼ cup Unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon Brandy
½ teaspoon Almond extract
\N \N Powdered sugar
\N \N Marzipan \"potatoes,\" optional (see recipe)

Bake or microwave potato until soft. Force pulp through a coarse sieve or potato ricer. There should be 1 cup lightly packed. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter sides of an 8½-inch spring form pan, line base with a circle of baking parchment; butter the parchment.

Using a nut mill, grind almonds to powder, stir in baking powder; set aside.

Beat egg whites until they start to stiffen, sprinkle with half of the sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating until stiff and glossy.

Beat butter with remaining sugar, then beat in egg yolks, brandy, and almond extract. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in potato, ground almonds and egg whites.

Spoon into prepared pan; bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a tester comes out dry. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Run a knife blade around edge before releasing sides of pan. Place cake, on the base, on a rack and let cool completely. Cake will sink slightly in the middle. Reverse cake onto a plate, peel off paper and place right side up on a serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

MARZIPAN "POTATOES": You'll need 4 ounces marzipan or almond paste and powdered unsweetened cocoa. Pinch off pieces of marzipan and roll into elongated balls, each about the size of a large marble. Make these slightly irregular, like tiny new potatoes. Roll in cocoa to simulate brown potato skin.

Cut several in half to show the white interior. Arrange a little group on top of the cake, and place the rest in twos and threes around the edge of the plate.

Serves 10.

PER SERVING: 235 calories, 5 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 14 g fat (5 g saturated), 76 mg cholesterol, 131 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.

From an article by Jacqueline Mallorca, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/24/93.

Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; March 2 1993.

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