Linzer torte with crème fraîche

Preparation time
1-2 hours

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves
Makes 1 large torte

For this recipe you will need a 23–25cm/9–10in tart tin.

The “Linzer Torte” is considered the oldest known cake in the world. It was already mentioned by name as early as 1653. Yet who named or invented the cake will always remain a mystery.

By Matt Tebbutt

Ingredients

For the Linzer torte

  • 175g/6oz plain flour
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 40g/1½oz caster sugar
  • 115g/4oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • 400g/14oz apricot jam
  • 400g/14oz raspberry jam
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  • 8–12 whole blanched almonds

To serve

  • 1–2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 100g/3½oz crème fraîche

 

Method

  1. For the pastry, put the flour, spices and sugar in a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, then add the egg yolks and bring the dough together. Wrap in cling film and chill for an hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  3. Set aside approximately a third of the chilled pastry to make a lattice top. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the remaining pastry to the thickness of a pound coin and line a 23–25cm/9–10in tart tin. Make a lattice by rolling out the reserved pastry and cutting it into 25cm/10in ribbons. Weave the pastry ribbons together leaving equal spaces between each ribbon (so squares of jam will be visible between the pastry).

  4. Fill the pastry case with apricot jam and place the lattice on top. Trim the edges using a knife.

  5. Mix the raspberry jam with the lemon zest and juice and transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle (alternatively place in a small food bag and snip off one corner). Pipe the jam into alternate squares of the lattice top. Put an almond on top of each square filled with jam.

  6. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden-brown. Leave to cool in the tin.

  7. To serve, dust the torte with icing sugar, cut into slices and with a spoonful of crème fraîche alongside.

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