August 22, 2013

National Pecan Torte Day

“Knock knock. Who’s there? Pecan. Pecan who? Pecan somebody your own size.” - Unknown

It's National Pecan Torte Day!

It's a little too hot for the oven, but winners never quit and quitters never win - we will prevail in eating the year, even if it means making a cake - erm, a torte, I mean - in nearly 100 degree weather with 100% humidity. We're champs, after all!

As we learned on both National Coconut Torte Day and National Mocha Torte Day, both cake and tortes are quite similar, though there are some very specific differences that set them apart. A torte, German for "cake" (confusing, right?), is generally considered to be richer, denser, multi-layered, may or may not contain flour (some use ground nuts instead), and are filled with jams, mousses, and/or creams. Some of the most well known tortes include the Linzer torte (named after the city of Linz, Austria its crust is made with cinnamon, lemon zest, and nuts; it's then layered with a filling of Jam [like raspberry or apricot], and is topped with a dough in lattice strips) which is considered one of the oldest cakes in the worl), the Sachertorte (a double-layered cake with apricot jam in the middle that's then coated in dark chocolate icing and served with whipped cream), and the Dobos torte (a multi-layered cake with chocolate buttercream between each layer, and topped with caramel sauce).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Pecan Torte Day!