Friday, November 16, 2012

Apricot & Cocoa Linzer Torte – Linzertorte au cocoa & aux abricots

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

Then it is settled, Musgrove," cried Captain Wentworth, "that you stay, and that I take care of your sister home.  But as to the rest, as to the others, if one stays to assist Mrs Harville, I think it need be only one.  Mrs Charles Musgrove will, of course, wish to get back to her children; but if Anne will stay, no one so proper, so capable as Anne."
She paused a moment to recover from the emotion of hearing herself so spoken of.  The other two warmly agreed with what he said, and she then appeared.
"You will stay, I am sure; you will stay and nurse her;" cried he, turning to her and speaking with a glow, and yet a gentleness, which seemed almost restoring the past. She coloured deeply, and he recollected himself and moved away. She expressed herself most willing, ready, happy to remain.  "It was what she had been thinking of, and wishing to be allowed to do.  A bed on the floor in Louisa's room would be sufficient for her, if Mrs Harville would but think so."

Little that I know that this famous Austrian  Linzer Torte is also a Christmas treat ! How wonderful !

Apricot & Cocoa Linzer Torte - – Linzertorte au cocoa & aux abricots

Ingredients Serves 8

250g flour
150g powdered sugar
50g unsweetened cocoa powder
150g ground almond
250g semi salted butter ( diced)
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g dried apricots ( chopped)
100 ml orange juice
4 tbsp of apricot liquer
400g apricot jam + 100g for glazing
26cm pie mould or cake pan


1)      Preheat oven to 180°C. Greased cake pan.

2)      Combined flour, sugar, cocoa powder & ground almond in mixing  bowl & mix till well combined. 

3)      Add in  butter & mix again till all combined. Add in egg  yolks & stir well. Knead the dough till smooth about 2 minute.  Cut 1/3  of the dough & wrap in polybag. Store it in the refrigerator.

4)      Roll the rest of the dough up onto the rolling pin and gently unroll it over one of the prepared tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let to cool.

5)      In a sauce pan combine chopped apricots with orange juice on medium heat & bring to a boil.  Let  to simmer for 10 minutes on LOW heat . Remove from heat & add in apricot liqueur & 400g of apricot jam. Stir well till well combined. Let to cool for awhile.  Spread evenly the apricot mixture in the precooked cocoa crust. 

6)      Using the chill dough to make the topping by rolling it into 1 cm  thick & arrange strips, lattice fashion or using cookies cutters to cut the shape desired . I’ve  twisted  gently the strips & place it on the tart & press the edges. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let to cool.

7)      Bring to a boil the rest of 100g of apricot jam on low heat . Brush the jam on the tart & serve.

A lovely combination that I've never have thought of putting together ! Simply AMAZING!

Submitting this post to  Free & Easy Bake Along event hosted by  Joyce of Kitchen FlavoursLena of  Frozen WingsZoe  from Bake For Happy Kids. And this weeks theme is Linzer Torte. 


  1. Lovely linzer tart, Kit! Both your apricot filling and the fig filling sounds great! And the crust is brushed over with apricot jam after baking, while mine was glazed with egg wash before baking. I usually use the apricot glace for cakes, but have not tried them on pastries before, thanks for sharing! You are right, that book looks delicious! :) Thank you for baking along with us, hope you have a lovely delicious weekend!

  2. Love these and look beautiful!!

  3. Your tortes are gorgeous. I have never made a linzer torte, they look so yummy!

  4. wow you really are hooked to this torte. All of them looks super crazy yummy. Have a great day enjoying your torte over a cup of hot tea in your picturesque garden..sigh..envious envious!

  5. Your linzer torte looks gorgeous.... and I especially love the last shot!

  6. Kit , your tarts are gorgeously yummy ! The combination of chocolate pastry and the filling must be really good :D Love the twisted lattice top !

  7. wow the tarts look fantastic! Delicious and pretty for my eyes

  8. such a perfect linzer tart - all the designs!
    i planned to make this tart this weekend but something came up i couldnt
    i will still make even though i wont be in time for bake along submission, for the sake of getting the experience in baking one, and also to taste this delicious dessert! :P

  9. What a magnificent Linzer Torte! I'd say you've mastered your baking skills...this is both gorgeous and delicious!!!

  10. beautiful both the tart and the mini ones. Looks pretty too with the twisted strips ! i've seen a few of you using cocoa powder in the pastry itself, i really think it's good and delicious. This is so irresistible, look at the melted jam!! Thanks kit for baking along! yeah..birds singing..i'm here in your fantasy garden again! happy sunday to you!

  11. Omg! Kit! Those all look so amazing and I could just reach into the screen and eat them all! Clever you, so professional looking and quite moreish too! Karen

  12. Love your chocolate version and your decorating skills.

  13. You've made your linzer torte so special! I really like the idea of baking the tart with cocoa powder & how you decorate the toppings!

  14. Hi Kit,

    Your apricot, fig and cocoa combination for your Linzer tarts sounds very delicious and unique to me. Best of all, I can't stop admiring your glossy tart finish... Yum!


  15. Such a luscious desert and beautiful presentation.

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  16. Whoa! Kit, your Linzer Torte is outstanding! You have made them in different shapes and they sure look great. Very creative of you. Will be back to explore more!

  17. Hi Kit,
    I love your first picture. The tart, the autumn leaves all the colour so warm and cosy.
    Love your rectangle shape Linzer tart, it is so special and outstanding!!
    Have a lovely week ahead !

  18. I like the chocolate in the tart base too! Apricot jam sounds fabulous!

  19. thank you for such an easy recipe!! This looks stunning :) 1st time here and I'm in love with your blog! :) Following you now

  20. This looks so yummy! Too bad I can't make it to join this event.

  21. Hi Kit, I am back:D and baking with a vengence lol! I missed this bake along, all the bakes done in this bake along look so good and delicious! Love your chocolate version of this tart!

  22. Hi Kit, your cocoa tart look sooo yummylicious. You're very creative, the tart look so pretty and cute.
    As usual beautiful pictures and presentation.

    Have a great week ahead, with hugs and kisses to you.