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Einfache Torte mit Fruchtgelee

Mom’s handwritten torte recipes typically separate the eggs, the whites are beaten until stiff and then folded into the main ingredients.  I suppose that’s why the name indicates it’s just a simple torte or cake.   This one is topped with a bit of jelly.  Bing Translated “Fruchtgelee” to “Marmalade”.  Mom liked and possibly would consider topping this one with  marmalade, but the German word for it is the same:  “marmalade” so she would have said so.

TorteWithFruitJelee

German:
Einfache Torte mit Fruchtgelee.
250 gr Butter, 250 gr Zucker werden zu Sahne gerührt u. danach gibt man 6 Eigelb 250 gr feinstes Mehl, 1 P. Backpulver und den von 6 Eiern geschlagenen Eischnee darunter u läßt ihn gelb backen, nach dem Erkalten wird die Torte kreisförmig mit Stückchen gelee belegt.

Google Translate
Simple cake with fruit jelly.
250 grams butter, 250 grams sugar are stirred into cream and then there is 6 egg yolks 250 g of flour, 1 package of baking powder and the beaten egg whites of 6 eggs underneath u can bake it yellow, after cooling the cake is circular with bits gelee occupied.

My Interpretation:

Einfache Torte mit Fruchtgelee
Cream 240 g. butter, then add yolks of 6 eggs, 250 gram flour, 1 packet baking powder. Fold in the stiff-beaten whites of the 6 eggs, then bake until light brown. After the cake cools, swirl the top with jelly.

Baumstamm

Other recipes I found for Baumstämme were typically similar to a jelly roll with chocolate filling and the frosted exterior to look like tree bark.  It doesn’t look like that was the intent of this recipe.  The directions indicate their should be some streaking going on, possible with the chocolate cream, although it looks like it was added to the egg, sugar and flour mixture earlier.  Hmmmmmm……Maybe it tastes like a tree trunk!

Baumstamm

German:
Baumstamm
4 Eier, 120 gr. Zucker, 1 Eßl. Zitronenzucker, 120 gr. Mehl, 150 gr. Schokoladencreme. Die Eigelb werden mit dem Zucker schaumig gerührt, sodann werden Mehl und Eischnee darunter gezogen. Ein Blech wird mit Butter bepinselt , die Masse ½ cm dick ausgestrichen und hellbraun gebacken.

Google Translate
tree trunk
4 eggs, 120 g sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon sugar, 120 grams of flour, 150 gr chocolate cream. The yolks are stirred frothy with the sugar, then flour and egg whites are drawn underneath.
A sheet is brushed with butter, the mass ½ cm thick and streaked light brown baked.

 

My Interpretation
Baumstämme
4 eggs

120 g sugar
1 tablespoon lemon sugar
120 g flour
150 g chocolate cream

Separate eggs and whip egg whites until stiff.  Comgine eggs, sugar, lemon sugar, flour and chocolate cream. Fold in the egg whites. Brush the baking sheet with butter, then spread mixture about 1/2 cm. thick.  Bake until light brown.

 

Nut or Almond Torte

The nut and almond torte is Polish in origin and its uniqueness lies in the fact that no flour is used to make it. Instead, Mom’s recipe uses “Noßbrot” which I couldn’t really get translated. Yes, I can see that Mom wrote “Noßbrot” but Google didn’t know that word, asking me if instead I meant “Nußbrot” or “Nussbrot” which means “nut bread”. I found another recipe that used crushed lady fingers, so maybe nut bread was something easily obtained at the Bäckerei that you could crumble.

This recipe uses 14 eggs. I can’t help being reminded of Mom often making angel food cakes because she had plenty of eggs and it took nearly a dozen eggs to do it. Only problem was, she kept the yolks to make very, very yellow scrambled eggs either for breakfast or Friday’s dinner. I didn’t like those eggs, much. Very dry and intense!

NusTorte

German:

Nuß- oder Mandeltorte.
14 Eigelb, 400 gr. Zucker, 400 gr. Nüsse oder Mandeln, 80 gr. Noßbrot, ½ Zitrone, 14 Eiweiß, ½ lt Wasser, die Eigelb werden mit dem Zucker und der abgeriebenen Zitronenschale schaumig gerührt, Nußkern oder Mandeln und Noßbrot dazu gegeben und zuletzt wird das geschl. Eiweiß durchgezogen.

Google Translate:
Nut or almond cake.
14 egg yolks 400 g sugar, 400 gr nuts or almonds, 80 g Noßbrot, ½ lemon, 14 egg whites, ½ lt water, the egg yolks with the sugar and grated lemon rind stirred frothy, almond or nut-kernel u Noßbrot added u the last is closed. Protein pulled through. 

My Interpretation:
Nut or Almond Torte
14 egg yolks
100 g sugar
400 g nuts or almonds
80 g Noßbrot
1/2 lemon rind, grated
14 egg whites
1/2 liter water

Stir egg yolks with the sugar and grated lemon rind until frothy, then add the nuts and Noßbrot. Fold in beaten egg whites.

 

Krümmel-Torte

Nothing about this recipe gives me an idea of why it would be a crumb cake, but researching other recipes of the same name informed me that these proportions of ingredients leads to a crumbly mixture, not a batter.  Thank heavens!  I couldn’t imagine how to spread a layer of applesauce on batter!  The recipe that revealed this to me used apple slices and raisins instead of applesauce and I must say it would make a prettier presentation.  

Krummel

German:
Krümmel-Torte
1 £ Mehl, ¼ £ Butter, ½ £ Zucker, 2 ganze Eier, 1 ½ Päckchen Backpulver werden zusammen vermengt. Diese Masse gibt man zur Hälfte in eine zubereitete Springform, dann eine Lage Apfelmus und dann die andere Hälfte und bäckt ihn eine Stund

Google Translate:
Crumb cake
1 pound of flour, ¼ £ butter, ½ £ sugar, 2 eggs, 1 ½ tsp baking powder are mixed together. This mass is one half in a prepared springform pan, then a layer of applesauce and then the other half, and it bakes one hour,

My Interpretation:
Krümmel-Torte
Mix together 1 lb flour, 1/4 lb. butter, 1/2 lb. sugar, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder. Put half the mixture into a prepared springform pan, then a layer of applesauce, and then the other half of the mixture. Bake for one hour.

 

Gold and Silver Torte

The slices of this two layer torte must be a pretty presentation as one is white and the other is yellow.  The recipe is essentially giving the ingredients and how to assemble it.  When google translated from German to English it did not translate “Bakpulver” but when I asked it to translate only that work, it indicated that it was Swedish for baking powder.  Although Eiweiß was translated as protein, I know that “Ei” is “egg”, and “weis” is white, so you get the picture:  Egg White!

GoldSilver

German:
Gold und Silbertorte
Zur ersten Lage, zum Silberkuchen nimmt man 200 gr. Butter, 250 gr. Zucker, 400 gr. Mehl etwas Citrone, ½ Paketchen Bakpulver ein Tasse Milch u. neun Eiweiß.
Zur zweiten Lage, dem Goldkuchen nimmt man dasselbe, nur anstatt Eiweiß, Eigelb.
Nachdem beide Lagen einzeln gebacken, bestreicht man die Böden mit Marmelade u legt sie aufeinander.

Google Translate:
Gold and silver cake
To the first position, the silver cake, take 200 grams butter, 250 grams of sugar, 400 grams of flour a little lemon, ½ cup of milk and one little package Bakpulver nine protein.
The second layer, the gold cake, take the same, only instead of white, egg yolk.
Once both layers baked individually, one sweeps the floor with u jam it one upon another.

My interpretation:
Gold and Silver Torte
For the first layer (silver cake) use 200 g. butter, 250 g. sugar, 4 g. flour, a little lemon, 1/2 cup of milk and one little package of baking powder and 9 egg whites.  For the second layer (gold cake) use the same ingredients except use 9 egg yolks.  Bake both layers individually.  Spread the first layer with jam, then stack the second layer on it.

Käse (Cheese) Torte

This recipe is probably similar to what we think of as a Cream Cheesecake.  In order to understand the translation I researched other Käse Torte recipes and found that many used a shortbread type shell instead of a graham cracker crust that I typically use for a cheesecake.  Research also leads me to believe that “white cheese” refers to cottage cheese rather than cream cheese. As usual, this recipe is long on stirring time and short on baking temperatures.  An experienced baker would just “know” what those are, wouldn’t they?

KaseTorte

German:
Käse-Torte
½ kg weißer Käse wird durch ein Sieb gestrichen. Dann rührt man 60 Butter schaumig, gibt zwei ganze Eier, 90 gr. Zucker, etwas Zitronenöl, den durchgesiebten Käse u 90 gr Mehl hinzu. diese Masse wird auf einen halb angebackenen Mürbeteichboden 2 Finger hoch aufgefüllt, mit Eigelb bestrichen mit Korinthen bestreut u. bei mäßiger Hitze gebacken.

Google Translate:
Cheese Pie
½ kg of white cheese is rubbed through a sieve. Then stirred for 60 frothy butter, is adding two whole eggs, 90 grams of sugar, some lemon oil, the sifted flour 90 gr cheese u. this mass is a semi-baked-filled shortbread pond bottom 2 fingers up, brushed with egg yolk and sprinkle with raisins baked in a moderate heat.

My Interpretation:
Käse (Cheese) Torte
For the shortbread crust prepare a dough of 135 gram butter, a pinch of salt, 50 g. sugar and 250 g. flour and line a springform pan with it, pressing up two fingers high on the sides. Partially bake the crust. Rub ½ kg of cottage cheese through a sieve. Whip butter until very creamy, then add two whole eggs, 90 grams sugar, a little lemon extract, 90 grams sifted flour and the cottage cheese. Brush the semi-baked shortbread crust with egg yolks and sprinkle with some raisins. Bake in a moderate oven.

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?

Spicetorte1German:
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.

Spicetorte2German:
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.

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