Viennese Chocolate Torte

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Serves 12

1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, grated
2 cups finely ground almonds
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in grated chocolate. Combine almonds with cinnamon and add 1/4 of this mixture to creamed mixture. Beat the egg whites until frothy; then fold them and the remaining almonds into the batter. Pour the batter into springform pan.

Bake for 35-45 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan 20 minutes, remove sides, then cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
(Louise Fiszer)