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The Linzer Torte is originally made with red currant jam.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
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.
Add your blanched almonds to a blender.
Add the blanched hazelnuts to the almonds.
Grind the nuts.
Add flour to a bowl.
Add the ground nuts.
Add the cinnamon.
Add lemon zest.
Add the light brown sugar.
And add the butter. I pre cut the butter in little cubes.
Use a pastry blender or two knifes to cut the butter into the other ingredients until crumbly.
When you have a crumbly mixture, add the egg.
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.
Take about 2/3 of the the dough and press it into a 10 inch baking tin (26 cm).
Make sure you have a nice, thick edge of roughly half an inch (1 cm).
Add your jam, make sure to fully coat the bottom of the torte.
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.
Decorate the Linzer Torte with some thinly sliced almonds and bake in the oven for 30-60 minutes.
Doesn’t it look gorgeous? Just looking at the photo now makes me crave this delicious Linzer Torte again!