Austrian appeal

13 June, 2008
Patissier of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards 2007, Ernst Bachmann delivers a Continental cake, that keeps well and is just yummy with tea or coffee
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This is a real classic from Switzerland and Austria, where it's as well-known as a Bakewell Tart is here.
It is a dense short cake, made with ground hazelnuts and cinnamon, and is fantastic taken with tea or coffee.It is simple to make, but requires some skill with a piping bag. It keeps very well, as the jam used keeps it moist.We sell ours for £9.50.Linzer mixIngredient gButter 600gSugar 450gRaw ground hazelnuts 450gEgg white 75gFlour 600gCinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla to tasteMethod1. Cream together the butter, sugar and hazelnuts. Add the egg white. Fold in the flour.Linzer TorteIngredients Linzer mix (see above), raspberry jam, apricot jam, water icingMethod1. Place shallow (2½cm high) 7" cake rings on to a tray with silicon paper.2. Fill a piping bag with the mix and pipe an even spiral from the centre (image A). Use a nozzle about 10mm wide, roughly a third of the height of the ring.3. Once complete, pipe a second layer just around the edge of the inside of the ring (B).4. Fill a piping bag with a bake-stable jam, and pipe an even spiral until it meets the inside edge of the Linzer mix (C). It pays to use a high-quality jam. We use redcurrant and raspberry seedless jam by Carma (available from Town and Country Fine Foods).5. Using a star shaped nozzle, pipe lines of Linzer mix on to the jam, ending just inside the ring (D).6. Now pipe further lines of the mix across the surface, so you end up with a lattice effect as shown (E).TIP: to create a proper lattice, leave enough space so the jam can still be seen clearly through the Linzer mix.7. Finally, pipe a last ring of mix around the edge at the top (F).8. Bake until golden. Leave to cool (G) and remove from rings.9. Glaze with hot apricot jam and leave to cool (H).10. Glaze with a thin layer of water icing (optional) (I).

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