Is the Art of Torte Baking Dead?
Knowing how to make a torte is not as difficult as most think. In fact, the word "torte" is a fancy name for a round cake made with "nut flours" , and the only reason we call these special desserts a torte and not a cake is because most recipes call for little or no flour. Instead, many tasty tortes are made with fine ground nuts instead of flour, which is what gives most tortes their heavy, yet oh-so satisfying flavor and wholesome outcome. Basic torte recipes include a variety of simple tortes, and with the right imagination, anyone can make a unique torte as complex or simple as they wish. It is the topping however that really sets the torte apart from other "regular" cakes!
Best Tasting Torte Recipes
Before you run off into the bakery to get a ready made torte, without knowing how to make a homemade torte, consider that the best way to go is to try out a few basic torte recipes yourself. Choosing a traditional and well known Sacher chocolate torte recipe as your first attempt at making a torte is a wise route to follow. Or for those looking for something less chocolaty a butterscotch torte might be just what you are looking for.
A Simple Recipe for Sacher Torte
- Five ounces fine chopped bittersweet chocolate
- Nine tbsp. room temperature unsalted butter
- One cup powdered sugar
- Six eggs, separate yolk from whites, keep at room temperature
- One tsp. extract of vanilla
- Half cup of sugar
- One cup flour (do not pack in measuring cup, spoon until level) use 1/2 C ground almond flour and 1/2 C cornstarch for a great outcome.
- One cup of a fruit glaze (your choice: apricot, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, apple)
- Moderate amount of chocolate glaze
- Whipped cream, garnish
Dust a springform pan with flour and grease with butter. Place a parchment paper round in the bottom of the pan. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and position the oven rack into the center level. Gently melt the chocolate using a double boiler. Stir it often and allow it to cool. Using the bread mixing hook on a standing mixer, begin beating the butter for a couple minutes and add the powdered sugar. Slowly beat in the separated yolks one by one, and then add the extract of vanilla and the chocolate.
Set the first mixture aside. Add the sugar and egg whites to a separate bowl while gently blending for a short time. Carefully fold the egg white mix into the chocolate. Mix and introduce the flour little by little until all is blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake until done, about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the Sacher torte to cool completely and remove the sides of the springform pan.
Trim the top with a serrated knife and cut through the cake horizontally to create two cake layers. Put onto a cake stand and cover bottom layer with fruit glaze then add the second layer on top of the first and repeat glazing. Let the glaze set. Once it is cool, cover torte with chocolate glaze. It has to be warm and fresh for even coverage. Pour it over the Sacher torte and use a metal spatula for fixing. Chill the torte for at least an hour before serving. Garnish with fresh fruit (strawberries are great) and some REAL whipped cream from the dairy case. You guests will love you for your efforts because the most important part of the torte is the fact that it's homemade with care!