The sweet ambassador of Linz Linzer Torte

Fancy a slice of Linzer Torte? The popular cake from the city by the colourful Danube is both a sweet ambassador and an export success.

Linzer Torte is considered the oldest known cake named after a city. It is available in different variationst and it was already mentioned by name as early as 1653. Yet who invented or named the cake will remain a mystery forever. The oldest recipe is from a cookery book that is more than 350 years old: "Book of All Kinds of Home-Made Things, Such as Sweet Dishes, Spices, Cakes and also Every Kind of Fruit and Other Good and Useful Things, etc."

Even at this early point in time, the cookery book included four different recipes for
Linzer Torte/Linz dough, which reflects how generally popular and widely known the cake was in the baroque period.

These old recipes mostly differ from more recent ones in that the dough for
Linzer Torte was always prepared using clarified butter, with a stick of butter kneaded into it. In addition, the cake was prepared as a "bowl cake", meaning that it was made in a (silver) bowl – similar to pies today – with a fruit filling and strips of dough on top. Spices were only called for once – in a "well-seasoned grid of dough". Even then, almonds were part of every Linzer Torte recipe.

Linzer Torte am Hauptplatz ms Fotogroup

Sensory show baking

Bakers of Linzer Torte send Linzer Torte all over the world. On a visit to the creative city by the Danube, make sure you don't miss the show baking in Linz's confectionaries.

Cake tutorial

A recipe suggestion for the original Linzer Torte

150 g butter
250 g flour (Type W700)
150 g icing sugar
100 g roasted hazelnuts
1 egg
Spices (vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, ground cloves)
10 g baking powder
300 g redcurrant jam

Knead the butter and sugar together. Knead in the sieved flour, sifted together with the baking powder, then add the nuts, egg and spices.
Chill the dough for some time, then take it out of the refrigerator and divide it into quarters. Roll out three quarters of the dough to a thickness of approx. 1.5 cm (for an approx. 22 cm baking tin), then spread the redcurrant jam on top. Shape the remaining dough into strips and lay them on top of the jam as a grid and around the edge. Brush with egg, and sprinkle with sliced almonds around the edge.
Bake for 40-45 minutes at approx. 190
°C.

Do it yourself

Now it is even easier to bake Linzer Torte on your own! Just have a look at the Do-It-Yourself-Video and try to bake the sweet dessert at home.

Where to buy Linzer Torte

A delight right down to the last crumbs! Buy some Linzer Torte for your loved ones or for your own!

Konditorei Jindrak
Herrenstraße 22-24
4020 Linz
Tel. +43 732 775258
jindrak@linzertorte.at 
www.linzertorte.at

Caseli
voestalpine-Straße 3b
4020 Linz
Tel.: +43 732 6585 4500
office@caseli.at 
www.caseli.at

Das Bruckner Kaffeehaus
Hauptplatz 17
4020 Linz
Tel  +43 (0)732 771018
kaffeehaus@dasbruckner.at 
www.dasbruckner.at

Confiserie Isabella
Karl Blöchl
Landstraße 33
4020 Linz
Tel.: +43 732 779697-0
info@confiserie-isabella.at 
www.confiserie-isabella.at

k.u.k. Hofbäckerei
Pfarrgasse 17
4020 Linz
Tel. +43 732 784110
k.u.k.hofbaeckerei@liwest.at 
www.kuk-hofbaeckerei.at

Marc Chocolatier
Karl Blöchl
Harrachstraße 4/OK Platz
4020 Linz
Tel.  +43 732 77 54 61
office@marc-chocolatier.at
www.marc-chocolatier.at/

Honeder Naturbackstube
Filialen in Linz
zentrale@honeder.cc  
www.naturbackstube.at

Konditorei Heuschober
Johann-Konrad-Vogel-Straße 2
4020 Linz
Tel.: +43 732 795690
alexander.heuschober@dertortenmacher.com 
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