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UKRANIAN WALNUT-ALMOND TORTE

WALNUT LAYERS:

8 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups walnuts, grated
4 tablespoons, fine bread crumbs

Beat the egg yolks until light. Add the sugar gradually and beat
until thick and fluffy. Stir in the nuts and bread crumbs.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold gently into the mixture.

Butter 2 9-inch layer pans with soft butter and sprinkle with fine
bread crumbs.

Spoon the batter into the pans. Bake 350 degrees F for 30 to 35
minutes, or until done when tested. Remove from the pans and place
on a cake rack.


ALMOND LAYER:

3 to 4 eggs, separated
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2/3 cup grated almonds
2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs

Beat the egg yolks until light. Add the sugar gradually and continue
beating until thick and fluffy. Beat in the lemon rind and juice.
Stir in the almonds and bread crumbs.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold gently into the mixture.
Spoon the batter into a deep, buttered layer cake pan sprinkled
with bread crumbs.

Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for 30 to 35 minutes or
until done. Remove from the pan and place on a cake rack. Prepare
the following filling.


FILLING:

3 egg yolks
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons strong cool coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Blend the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of the sugar in a saucepan; cook
this mixture OVER simmering water, stirring constantly, until it
thickens. Remove it from the heat and cool. Cream the butter, add
the remaining 1 cup of sugar gradually, and continue creaming until
smooth.

Blend in the yolk-sugar mixture, coffee, and vanilla. Beat thoroughly.

Spread this filling between the 3 layers of the torte, on the sides,
and over the top. Decorate with toasted, slivered almonds.

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