Monthly Archives: December 2011

somethin’ to chew on

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In my spare time I’ve been working on my spare tire. That is, I’ve been doing a lot of baking. Cookies, muffins, crisps…you know, the classics. But over a month has gone by since I’ve lived here, and I figured it was high time I made something a little more local.

Today’s challenge was a traditional Austrian dessert called a Linzer Torte. Mike and I tried this delicious treat at a bakery downtown a few weeks ago, and it’s been on my “to do” list ever since. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, since I’m not a big pie/pastry baker, but I figured I’d give it a go. I even watched a tutorial on making a lattice pattern on the top. Ha!

Well, our hard work paid off. Seriously couldn’t think of one thing to change… except maybe that we should cut larger slices next time.

no, i didn't steal this pic from online

Linzer Torte:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups ground walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup cold butter (no substitutes)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/3 cups red currant jam
confectioners’ sugar

  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add eggs; stir until mixture forms a ball. Divide into fourths. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Remove two portions of dough from refrigerator; press into an ungreased 9-in. fluted tart pan or pie pan. Spread jam over top.
  2. Roll one portion of remaining dough into a 10-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Cut into strips; arrange in over jam. Repeat with remaining dough (return dough to the refrigerator if needed). Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and crust is browned. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.
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