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Spice Torte

Here are two recipes for a Spice Torte.  The first one uses burnt sugar to enhance the spicy flavor.  Mom liked the bitterness of burnt sugar frosting and we would often see it on her cakes. Both recipes are not specific about the measurements for the spices added, so can we assume it means “to your own taste”.  Most American recipes give measurements for spices, but aren’t those guidelines really?

Gewürz-Torte, Nr. 1
1£ Butter u ½ £ Zucker werden schaumig gerührt u mit 4 Eier ganz verrührt, ½ £ Zucker wird gebrannt, wenn er braun ist gibt man schnell ¼ lt. Milch hinein u rührt weiter, daß der Zucker nicht klumpig wird Diese braune Zuckermasse gibt man zu der gerührten Butter u nach u nach 1 £ gutes Mehl u 2 Eßl. Kakao, Zimmt, Zitronat, Mandeln, Nelken, Pfeffer, Muskat Korinthen u 1 Packchen Backpulver. Backen ¾ – 1 St.

Google Translate:
Spice Cake, Number 1
1 pound butter ½ u £ sugar foamy stirred u stirred with 4 eggs whole, ½ £ sugar is burned, if it is brown it is fast ¼ lt u further stirred into milk, not that the sugar is lumpy This brown sugar mixture is added to the stirred butter after u u u good for 1 pound flour 2 tbsp cocoa, cinnamon, lemon peel, almonds, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, currants u 1 Packchen baking powder. Bake ¾ – 1 pc

My Interpretation:
Spice Torte #1

Stir together 1 pound butter, ½ pound sugar and 4 whole eggs until foamy. Make burnt sugar by quickly browning ½ pound sugar then combine with ¼ liter milk until sugar is dissolved, then combine with stirred butter mixture. Add 1 pound flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa, cinnamon, lemon peel, almonds, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, currants and 1 packet baking powder. Bake ¾ to 1 hr.

Gewürz-Torte, Nr.2.
375 gr. Butter, 375 gr. Zucker, 375 gr. Mehl, 10 Eier, etwas feingeschnittene Sukade einige gehackte Mandeln einen Teelöffel Zimmt ½ Tlf. Nelken gemahl., etwas geriebene Mus- katnuß 2 Eßl. Rum, 1 Pt. Backpulver. Nachdem Butter, Eigelb, Zucker recht schaumig gerührt sind, gibt man das Gewürz hinzu, danach wird ge- schlagene Eiweiß leicht durchgehoben, ebenfals Mehl u Backpulver. Die Masse in eine Springform gegeben u bei mäßiger Hitze 1 St. gebacken

Google Translate:
Spice cake, No.2.
375 gr butter, 375 g sugar, 375 grams of flour, 10 eggs, a little finely chopped Sukade some chopped almonds ½ teaspoon cinnamon Tlf. Cloves Consort., Some grated muscle katnuß 2 tbsp rum, 1 Pt. Baking powder. After butter, egg yolks, sugar are stirred quite frothy, are added the seasoning, then ge-battered protein is easily lifted, ebenfals u flour baking powder. The mass given in a springform pan over moderate heat baked u 1 pc

My Interpretation:
Spice Torte #2
375 gr butter

375 g sugar
375 g flour
10 eggs
A little finely chopped citron
Some chopped almonds
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Some grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons rum
1 packet baking powder

Beat egg whites until stiff. Stir butter, egg yolks and sugar until quite frothy or creamy. Add the seasonings, and fold in the egg whites, flour and baking powder. Pour batter into a springform pan and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour.


2 responses »

  1. Did you mean to leave out the ½ teaspoon of ground cloves?

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