Ptolemy asked about Tosca and since I'm not smart enoough to find the recipes he mentioned, I will have to give you the whole recipe I use. It is about the best desert I know of, but because it is also quite expensive, I make it seldom. It needs three cubes of the best butter you can find. It has to be room temperature.
NEW EDITED RECIPE FOR TOSCA BARS
Basic Pastry Dough
1stick of butter
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
Cream butter and sugar. Stir in egg yolk. Add the flour aand work dough with your hands until well blended
1 recipe basic Pastry Dough. Prepare dough. Press out into buttered cake pan ( 9 by 13 ) inches.
1 stick butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 can Almond paste ( 7oz or 8oz )
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Beat together butter, sugar and almond paste. When smooth and creamy, beat in eggs, one at a time. Blend in flour mixed with baking powder. Spread the filling on top of pastry. Bake 15 to 20 min.
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sliced almonds
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp flour
Melt butter in small sauce pan. Add remining ingredients and bring to a simmer, constantly stirring. DO NOT BOIL remove from heat.
When cake is cooled, spread it with the topping. Switch the oven from bake to broil and return cake to oven. Broil until golden brown. Let cake cool in pan. Cut bars 1 1/2 by 2 1/2
Good luck everybody. I did not make it for my grand daughter and her friend for I knew some would have been left over and then I would have been forced to eat it all. But I could have given them the leftover to eat in the car on the way to Ventura. Darn, why didn't I think of that. Insted I made baked apples which we ate with 1/2 and 1/2. We had a wonderful time and I wish the time had 'stood still' What wonderful people, and they will have to go out and meet the enemy. I love my grand daughter and I fell in love with her friend for he flattered my cooking. He can come back any time.