Chocolate Almond Torte

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Ingredients

3/4 cup whole blanched almonds (about 4 ounces), toasted lightly and cooled

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

4 large eggs, separated

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

1 tablespoon kirsch

6 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), broken into pieces and ground fine in a food processor

Garnish: confectioners' sugar

Accompaniments

sweetened whipped cream

sour cherry compote

1 cup dried sour cherries, preferably unsweetened* (about 5 ounces)

1/2 cup kirsch

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup cherry jam or preserves (about 7 ounces)

1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

a 3-inch strip orange zest

*available at specialty foods shops

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