Linzer Torte is a traditional Austrian dessert that originated in the city of Linz. It is a type of pastry that is made from a shortcrust pastry base, which is then filled with a layer of fruit preserves (usually raspberry or apricot) and topped with a lattice crust made from almond flour. This tart is often served during the holiday season, but it is also popular year-round.

Linzer Torte is a beloved dessert in Austria, and it has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. It was originally created by the bakers in Linz, Austria, who were known for their almond-based pastries. The tart is traditionally served during the holiday season and is often associated with Christmas in Austria.

Linzer Torte is typically served at room temperature and dusted with powdered sugar before serving. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

In terms of nutrition, Linzer Torte is a relatively high-calorie dessert due to its buttery pastry base and sugar content. However, the addition of ground almonds in the crust adds some nutritional value to the dessert. It is a treat that should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Here is a step-by-step method for making Linzer Torte:


1- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2- 1/2 cup ground almonds

3- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

4- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

5- 1/4 teaspoon salt

6- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

7- 1 large egg

8- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

9- 1 cup raspberry or apricot preserves

10- Powdered sugar, for dusting


1- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ground almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

2- Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the flour mixture. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3- Beat the egg and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until the dough comes together.

4- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it briefly until it forms a smooth ball. Flatten the ball into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

5- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with a removable bottom.

6- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a circle that is slightly larger than the tart pan. Press the dough into the pan and trim the edges.

7- Spread the preserves over the bottom of the crust.

8- Roll out the remaining dough and cut it into strips. Arrange the strips in a lattice pattern over the preserves.

9- Bake the tart for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Allow the tart to cool completely before serving.


You can customize the flavor of the tart by using different types of fruit preserves. You can also experiment with different types of nuts for the crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour:

  - Calories: 455

  - Carbohydrates: 95g

  - Protein: 12g

  - Fat: 1.5g

  - Sodium: 0mg

  - Cholesterol: 0mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: All-purpose flour provides carbohydrates for energy and a moderate amount of protein. It lacks significant vitamins and minerals unless enriched.

2. 1/2 cup ground almonds:

  - Calories: 320

  - Carbohydrates: 12g

  - Protein: 12g

  - Fat: 28g

  - Sodium: 0mg

  - Cholesterol: 0mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: Ground almonds are rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. They also contain vitamin E, magnesium, and antioxidants, which are beneficial for heart health.

3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar:

  - Calories: 387

  - Carbohydrates: 100g

  - Protein: 0g

  - Fat: 0g

  - Sodium: 0mg

  - Cholesterol: 0mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: Granulated sugar provides a quick source of energy but lacks significant nutritional value. It adds sweetness to the dish but should be consumed in moderation.

4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon:

  - Calories: 3

  - Carbohydrates: 1g

  - Protein: 0g

  - Fat: 0g

  - Sodium: 0mg

  - Cholesterol: 0mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: Cinnamon adds flavor to the dish and may have some health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

5. 1/4 teaspoon salt:

  - Nutritional information: Negligible

6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened:

  - Calories: 813

  - Carbohydrates: 0g

  - Protein: 1g

  - Fat: 92g

  - Sodium: 0mg

  - Cholesterol: 244mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: Butter adds richness and flavor to the dish but should be consumed in moderation due to its high saturated fat content.

7. 1 large egg:

  - Calories: 72

  - Carbohydrates: 0.4g

  - Protein: 6.3g

  - Fat: 4.8g

  - Sodium: 71mg

  - Cholesterol: 186mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: Eggs are a good source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. They contain essential nutrients like choline, which is important for brain health, and lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health.

8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract:

  - Nutritional information: Negligible

9. 1 cup raspberry or apricot preserves:

  - Nutritional content varies depending on the type and recipe used. Generally, fruit preserves provide natural sugars, vitamins, and antioxidants from the fruits used. They can be a healthier alternative to syrups or other sweet toppings when made with minimal added sugars.

10. Powdered sugar, for dusting:

  - Calories: 30 (per tablespoon)

  - Carbohydrates: 7.5g (per tablespoon)

  - Protein: 0g

  - Fat: 0g

  - Sodium: 0mg

  - Cholesterol: 0mg

  - Nutritional Benefits: Powdered sugar is used for dusting desserts and adds sweetness but offers little nutritional benefit beyond calories.

Enjoy your homemade Linzer Torte!


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