Torte

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Torte
Sachertorte DSC03027.JPG
A serving of Sachertorte at the Hotel Sacher, Vienna
TypeCake
Place of originSpain
Main ingredientsCake base
Filling: buttercream, mousse, jam, or fruits
Cookbook:Torte  Torte
 
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Not to be confused with tart or tort.
Torte
Sachertorte DSC03027.JPG
A serving of Sachertorte at the Hotel Sacher, Vienna
TypeCake
Place of originSpain
Main ingredientsCake base
Filling: buttercream, mousse, jam, or fruits
Cookbook:Torte  Torte

A torte /ˈtɔrt/ or /ˈtɔrtə/[1] is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams, or fruits.[2] Ordinarily, the cooled torte is glazed and garnished. A torte may be made with little to no flour, but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, as well as sugar, eggs, and flavorings.

Origin[edit]

Food writer Julie R. Thomson has called the burnt almond torte from Prantl's Bakery in Pittsburgh the best cake in America.[3]

The most well-known of the typical tortes include the Austrian Sachertorte and Linzertorte, the German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and the many-layered Hungarian Dobos torte. But other well-known European confections are also tortes, such as the French Gâteau St. Honoré. Tortes are commonly baked in a springform pan.

An element common to many tortes is sweet icing. (Exceptions include several French tortes, such as Gâteau Mercédès and Gâteau Alcazar.) When the cake is layered, a thick covering of icing is placed between the layers, and there is almost always icing on the tops and sides of the torte. A number of European tortes do not have layers.

Well-known European tortes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Torte". Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary Online. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  2. ^ "torte". easteuropeanfood.about.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Thomson, Julie R. (2014-04-14). "Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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