Recipe for Venetians


1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon almnd extract
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 drops green food coloring
8 drops red food coloring
1 jar (12) ouces apricot preserves
1 1/2 squares semisweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Coat three 13x9x2 pans with nonstick coooking spray. Line with waxed paper, allowing paper to come up the short ends. Spray paper.
Break up almond paste in large bowl. Add butter, sugar, egg yolks, and almond extract. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in flour and salt.
Beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold into almond mixture until well blended.
Divide mixture into three equal portions. Add green food coloring to one portion and red food coloring to another, leaving the last portion yellow. Separately spread each colored portion into prepared pans.
Bake in preheated 350 oven 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove the cakes from pans, using the waxed paper overhand.
Heat apricot preserves in small saucepan; strain through sieve.
Place green cake layer on jelly-roll pan. Spread half of warm preserves over layer to edges; slide yellow layer on top; spread with remaining preserves; slide pink layer, right side up onto yellow layer.
Cover with plastic wrap, weight down with large wooden cutting board or heavy plate. Place in refrigerator overnight.
Melt chocolate in double boiler over hot water. Trim off edges of cake. Spread melted chocolate to edges of cake. Let dry 10 minutes or until hardened. Cut into 1 inch squares.

6 dozen
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