…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? I am always searching for special desserts for upcoming holidays and here’s one that made the cut. It is made with chopped cashews and crushed graham crackers. It is reminiscent of a carrot cake yet unique especially for celebrating Easter and welcoming in spring.
Where were tortes invented? They are classically European, whereas cakes are far more American. The word torte is indeed European. In many Indo-European languages, the word for cake is a variant on "torte": torte (German), or torta (Spanish/Italian).
I apprenticed at Hotel Sacher's in Vienna where the "Original Sacher Torte" was invented by Franz Sacher. During my term there I made hundreds of Sacher Tortes, but that is for another day… another blog.
Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 50 minutes
For the torte
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup flake coconut (sweetened or unsweetened both work), divided
1/2 cup chopped dry roasted and salted cashews
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping
1 cup whipping cream
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
To make the torte
ChefSecret: A traditional cake is made with ingredients mainly consisting of sugar, eggs, butter and flour. A torte, however, calls for little to no flour, with ground nuts, graham crackers or breadcrumbs in its place. This change of ingredients causes the torte to be much heavier in both texture and taste.
Quip of the Day: Do not mix up your tortes with your torts or you may find yourself in court defending a cake.
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