Linzer Torte

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Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest known cake in the world. According to Wikipedia, Linzer Torte is an Austrian cake with a lattice design on top of the pastry. The cake is named after the city of Linz in Austria.

Even though it is said to be the oldest cake in the world nobody really knows exactly when it was invented. The oldest recipe that has been found is from 1653. Linzer Torte is often eaten at Christmas in Austria, Hungaria, Switzerland, Germany, and as a Tirolean tradition.

The Linzer Torte is originally made with red currant jam. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get red currant jam so I substituted for raspberry. I used a recipe from the Austrian Tourism website as a base for the torte. I decided to make Linzer torte for my ‘Baking My Way Around The World‘ challenge.

How To Make Linzer Torte

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 01

You’ll need flour, hazelnuts, almonds, jam (preferably red currant), light brown sugar, butter, lemon zest, cloves, cinnamon, salt and some thinly sliced almonds for decoration.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

Add your blanched almonds to a blender.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 03

Add the blanched hazelnuts to the almonds.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

Grind the nuts.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Add flour to a bowl.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

Add the ground nuts.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 07

Some salt.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

Add cloves.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 09

Add the cinnamon.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 10

Add lemon zest.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

Add the light brown sugar.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 12

And add the butter. I pre cut the butter in little cubes.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

Use a pastry blender or two knifes to cut the butter into the other ingredients until crumbly.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 14

When you have a crumbly mixture, add the egg.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 15

Knead into a dough. When you can form the dough into a ball, wrap it in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 16

Take about 2/3 of the the dough and press it into a 10 inch baking tin (26 cm).

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 17

Make sure you have a nice, thick edge of roughly half an inch (1 cm).

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 18

Add your jam, make sure to fully coat the bottom of the torte.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 19

Cut the remaining dough into strips.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 20

Add the strips to the torte and make a nice lattice pattern.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 21

Brush the dough with some egg yolk.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 22

Decorate the Linzer Torte with some thinly sliced almonds and bake in the oven for 30-60 minutes.

 

Austrian Linzer Torte Recipe | Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 23

Doesn’t it look gorgeous? Just looking at the photo now makes me crave this delicious Linzer Torte again!

 

Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam.

Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam.

 

 

 

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Linzer Torte
Linzer Torte is believed to be the oldest cake in the world. A classic Austrian torte, made with a short crumbly pastry and a filling of redcurrant jam.
Linzer Torte is schijnbaar de oudste taart ter wereld. Een klassieke Oostenrijkse taart gemaakt van een kruimelig deeg met aalbessen vulling.
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Rating: 5
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Cuisine Austrian
Prep Time 25 minuten
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Cuisine Austrian
Prep Time 25 minuten
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Linzer Torte is schijnbaar de oudste taart ter wereld. Een klassieke Oostenrijkse taart gemaakt van een kruimelig deeg met aalbessen vulling.
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Grind the almonds and hazelnuts. Then add the ground nuts to a bowl. Add the flour, salt, cloves, cinnamon, lemon zest, light brown sugar and butter. Use a pastry blender or two knifes to cut the butter into the other ingredients until crumbly.
  2. When you have a crumbly mixture, add the egg. Use your hands to knead into a dough. When you can form the dough into a ball, wrap it in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven at 175 °C / 350 °F.
  4. Take about 2/3 of the the dough and press it into a 10 inch baking tin (26 cm). Make sure you fully cover the bottom and have a nice, thick edge of roughly half an inch (1 cm).
  5. Add your jam to the torte, make sure to fully coat the bottom.
  6. Cut the remaining dough into strips. Add the strips to the torte and make a nice lattice pattern. Brush the dough with some egg yolk.
  7. Decorate the Linzer Torte with some thinly sliced almonds and bake in the oven for 30-60 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

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