Linzer Torte




Preheat the oven to 177 °C and position rack in the center of the oven. 

Place the almonds on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant.

Then place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until fragrant and the outer skins begin to flake and crack.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Once the almonds and hazelnuts have cooled, place in a food processor and process, along with 1/2 cup of flour, until finely ground. 

Add the remaining flour, sugar, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, salt, and baking powder and process until evenly combined. 

Add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add the 2 egg yolks and vanilla extract and pulse until the dough just begins to come together.

Gather the dough into a ball and then divide it into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other.

Wrap the smaller ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour, or until firm enough to roll. 

Take the larger ball of dough and press it onto the bottom and up the sides of a buttered (23-25 cm) tart pan or springform pan.

If using a springform pan press the dough about (2.5 cm) up the sides of the pan. 

Take the cooled black currant jam and spread it over the bottom of the crust. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

Once the smaller ball of dough is firm, remove from the fridge and roll it between two sheets of wax paper into a circle that is about (30 cm) in diameter. 

Using a pastry wheel or pizza cutter, cut the pastry into (2.5 cm) strips.

Place the strips of pastry on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. 

When strips are firm, using an offset spatula, gently transfer the strips to the tart pan.

Lay half the strips, evenly spaced, across the torte and then turn the pan a quarter turn and lay the remaining strips across the first strips.

If desired, weave the top strips over and under the bottom strips. (Do not worry if the pastry tears, just press it back together as best as you can.)

Trim the edges of the strips to fit the tart pan.

Bake the tart in a preheated 177 °C oven for about 30 - 35 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and set. 

Let the torte cool on a wire rack before unmolding. 

Dust the top of the torte with confectioners' sugar (we ommited this).