Apricot Almond Layer Cake

Ingredients

  • 12 oz sliced blanched almonds (3 3/4 cups) or blanched slivered almonds (2 3/4 cups)
  • 3 1/3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • For apricot compote
    • 6 oz dried California apricots (1 1/2 cups), finely chopped
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves

    For praline almonds
    • 1 cup sliced blanched almonds (3 oz)
    • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

    For mascarpone cream
    • 1 1/2 cups imported Italian mascarpone cheese (10 oz)
    • 1/4 cup well-chilled heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup Disaronno Amaretto or other almond-flavored liqueur

    • Special equipment: parchment paper

    Description

    California Dried Apricots Are Essential For This Recipe — They Have The Tartness Needed To Balance The Sweet Filling And Macaroon Layers. Don't...

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