Hazelnut Citrus Torte is one of the desserts served during Passover. This nutty, citrus torte is moist, wheat-flourless, gluten-free, and amazingly delicious. You can serve this torte with a light citrus complement like sorbet, fruit salad, or a creamy, airy whipped crème fraîche, mascarpone or coconut cream.
Our first official recipe for Passover is the Hazelnut Citrus Torte, published originally in the New York Times in the cooking section by Melissa Clark. I honestly won't say that it has been “adapted" because I didn't do many changes. This recipe is one of a few Jewish dessert recipes I decided to do for Passover.
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My Adventure making a Hazelnut Citrus Torte
Making this torte and the other Passover desserts were supposed to be a fun adventure for me, but like always, I tried to do too much. I felt so inspired looking at so many delicious nutty and aromatic dessert recipes, that I decided to make not one, but four of them in two days. When will I learn?
Making the Hazelnut Citrus Torte was a big challenge for me because I'm not a baker or pastry chef. But that doesn’t stop me. But that also is my huge problem. I don't know how to scale down, or do one thing at a time, so I end up stressed out with so many things to do and little time to do it.
What I can tell you is that in the end, my adventure was worth every second, and especially experiencing each bite of this super moist, nutty and citrus torte.
I'm not Jewish, and I didn't know much about the Passover traditions. Something that I discovered this week that is essential with Passover food is that Jews are prohibited from eating anything leavened. The following paragraph was found on the website thoughtco.com, and you can read more about Passover at What Is Passover (Pesach).
"The basic Passover food prohibition is anything "leavened," which Jews call chametz. What this means, according to the rabbis and tradition, is anything made with wheat, barley, spelt, rye, or oats that are mixed with water and left to rise for more than 18 minutes."
If you are looking for more Jewish traditional dessert recipes for Hanukkah or Passover, check out these recipes.
- How to Make an Easy Rugelach with Jam Walnut Filling
- Walnut Macaroon Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Preserves
- Lemony Almond Macaroons
- Persian Almond Cardamom Pistachio Cake
Another thing I learned is just because I use our Eleia Kosher certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil in making this dessert, that doesn’t automatically make the whole dessert Kosher. Did I mention that I’m not Jewish by faith, only by taste?
If you have enough dessert recipes to try, instead of the Hazelnut Citrus Torte, during Passover you can try a savory recipe that I made called Grilled Leg of Lamb with Moroccan Date Sauce.
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Hazelnut Citrus Torte
- Total Time: 60 minutes
- Yield: 8 Serving 1x
Hazelnut Citrus Torte is one of the desserts served during Passover. This nutty, citrus torte is moist, wheat-flourless, gluten free, and amazingly delicious. It has a little taste of smokiness from the quinoa, which makes the flavor more complex. Serve this torte with a light citrus complement like sorbet, fruit salad, or a creamy, airy whipped crème fraîche, mascarpone or coconut cream. Adapted from a similar recipe by Melissa Clark in the cooking section of the New York Times.
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- ¼ cup Eleia Kosher certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil, more for oiling pan
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup + 1 tablespoon hazelnut or almond flour
- ⅓ cup quinoa flour
- 4 large separated eggs
- 2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch spring form pan with parchment and brush pan with olive oil.
- Combine ⅓ sugar and flour: Combine a third of the sugar (about ⅓ cup), the hazelnut flour and the quinoa flour in a bowl.
- Whip ⅓ sugar and yokes: In another bowl, use an electric mixer to whip another third of the sugar with the egg yolks on medium speed until thick and pale yellow in color, about 5 minutes. Beat in ¼ cup Eleia olive oil, the lemon zest and the citrus juices. Fold in the dry ingredients.
- Beat egg whites: In a clean bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg whites and salt until frothy. Beat in remaining sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 5 minutes. Fold a third of the egg-white mixture into batter. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture in 2 batches. Pour batter into pan.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
- Remove pan sides. Invert pan, remove parchment and turn cake right side up onto a plate.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: Jewish
- Serving Size: 8
- Calories: 299
- Sugar: 25 g
- Sodium: 110 mg
- Fat: 16 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 31 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 7 g
- Cholesterol: 93 mg
Absolutely great! Substituted oat flour and didn’t want to go shopping for a lemon with covid, so just used orange zest and juice, but was amazing!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
That sounds great Jean! Maybe even better than ours ;) Do you have any pictures to show? Stay safe!
Jersey Girl Cooks
I am a fan of all the flavors in this! So good!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Happy to hear you are a fan. Enjoy!
This torte is beatiful. I have to find some quinoa flour so that I can make this!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Please do. You won't be disappointed!
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
That torte is absolutely gorgeous and sounds delicious. I'll have to keep an eye out for quinoa flour because I definitely want to make this dessert. Great job.
Thank you, Lauren! Please let us know when you try. Thank you for your wonderful comment.
This looks amazing! I love all of the citrus flavors you used in this recipe. I wish I could smell it! Yummy! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.
It was a delightful cake. You should try sometimes!
I love this! This would be an adventure for me as well because I am far from a pastry chef.
Brandi, I'm not a pastry chef either a, but I have been doing more baking lately. Before I used to get stressed out, now I enjoy and give me peace.
this sounds really good, I love the hazelnut and citrus together. What a wonderful Passover dessert. It wouldn't last long in my home
Hi Dahn. Yes, it didn't last very long in our home either... but you can always make more;)
Hello Dahn, This dessert is addicting. There will be more desserts coming this week. Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comment.
Love the hazelnut and citrus combination in this! Sounds lovely!
Thanks Sarah! You should give this recipe a try for sure
Hi Sarah, This is a lovely cake!