Almond Cake alla Mantovana - Torta Mantovana


2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
1⅓ sticks softened butter, plus more for the cake pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3½ ounces whole blanched almonds, toasted
1¼ cup sugar
1 large egg
4 large egg yolks
Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons milk


This Traditional Almond Cake Is Named For The Historic City Of Mantova (perhaps Better Known To Most English Speakers As Mantua, The City To Which Romeo Is Exiled In Romeo And Juliet). The Torta Is Delightful Equally For Dessert And For Breakfast. In The

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