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Linzer Torteby Caroline Bachman
Linzer Torte is a traditional Christmas torte in not only
Caroline says of all the baked goodies at Christmas
Here is her recipe
Sift flour, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl; add sugar and almonds. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Blend in lemon rind, egg yolks and vanilla; knead a few times until smooth. Chill dough about 1 hour.
Press 1/3 of dough evenly on bottom and one inch up side of 9-inch round cake pan with loose bottom. Spread ¾ of Jam over dough. Roll remaining pastry between 2 sheets of wax paper to 9x6 inch rectangle; cut lengthwise into 6 strips.
Arrange strips over jam to form a lattice top. (If you are intimidated by lattice work, cut small pieces of dough with leaf or star cookie cutter and arrange in a pattern across the top of the jam. Then put ALL the preserves on in the second step in the spaces between the design) Press edge down all around to form a rim. Arrange whole almonds on rim, if you wish.
Bake in a moderate overn (350 degrees) for 50 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Remove outer rim of pan; cool completely. Fill lattices with remaining jam; sprinkle with powdered sugar
P.S. You can also use walnuts or hazelnuts instead of the almonds if you like them better.
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