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Linzer Torte

The Linzer Torte is the culinary emblem of the capital city of Upper Austria and it is quite easy to bake yourself.
Linzer Torte is said to be the oldest cake in the world © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang SchardtLinzer Torte is said to be the oldest cake in the world © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Schardt

8 slices

  • 250 g butter
  • 250 g flour
  • 125 g confectioners sugar
  • 150 g ground hazelnuts (or almonds)
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • generous quantity of cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • a pinch of salt
  • grated lemon rind or lemon juice
  • wafers for layering, as preferred
  • egg for coating
  • redcurrant jam for coating
  • butter to coat the baking dish
  • sliced almonds, as preferred

Linzer Torte

How to make it:
  • Create a pile of flour on the work surface, slice the butter into cubes and rub between your fingers into the flour to create a light crumb. Flavor with the cinnamon, a pinch of ground cloves and a little salt, together with the lemon rind or lemon juice. Work quickly to form a smooth short pastry, shape into a ball, cover with saran wrap and set aside in a cool place for approx. 30 minutes.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C and grease a suitably-sized spring form cake form.

  • Now press a little over half of the dough onto the base of the form using your knuckles. Shape the remaining dough into several small rolls (for the lattice) and one thicker roll (for the edge). If preferred, cover the pastry base with wafers and coat with smoothly-stirred jam, leaving about 1 cm all round for the edge. Place the thicker roll into the tin as an edging, and press down gently. Use the thinner rolls to create a lattice. If preferred, sprinkle with sliced almonds.

  • Coat the lattice with the beaten egg and bake in the pre-heated oven for 50–60 minutes. Take out the torte, leave to cool, and ideally leave to stand for a day, wrapped in saran wrap.

    Baking time: 50 - 60 minutes

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