Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poppy Seed Torte: TWD Baking with Julia

Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia - 62nd installment. The recipe is Poppy Seed Torte.
This was an unusual recipe, so it was a fun change of pace.  It was quite different from any typical "American" style cake that I've baked - including:
  • 2 cups of poppy seeds ground in the coffee grinder
  • 1.5 cups of cake crumbs (and no other flour - it's a cake made from cake!)
  • 7 eggs
  • flavorings of cinnamon, lemon, and espresso
Here's what the poppy seeds plus cake crumbs looked like (I used pound cake from the grocery store....)

Butter, some sugar, and egg yolks get mixed, and then you alternate adding the mix of poppy seeds and cake crumbs with the seven (!!) stiffly beaten egg whites.  Here it is in the middle of that process:

It looked like a mess, but eventually came together.  After putting the batter in the pan, you top it with poached apricots, and then bake.  Once it comes out of the pan, you top the (now kind of shrunken) apricots with additional poached apricots that look nice and pretty.

Before baking
After baking, and before re-apricotting
The recipe was a bit fussy (lots of dirty bowls!) but we really liked the result.  It was great with coffee.  After the first taste, when we did find it not quite sweet enough, I put on the optional apricot jam glaze, and that was perfect. I bet it would be good with other fruit as well.  


  1. The apricots definitely made this dish stand out!
    This was a pretty cake, wasn't it?

  2. Looks really good. I like you was a little surprised to be using cake crumbs to make another cake., but it worked out to be very tasty indeed. :)

  3. this was an interesting cake, and I'm glad to see that we all liked it!

  4. I'm going to have to re-think making this. Sounds pretty tasty.

  5. It looks so pretty. So many positive reviews on this one makes me want to bake it. Maybe on a rewind week.

  6. Yours looks perfect. Hard to believe it came from such an odd mix of ingredients.