All in Swiss Cakes and Tortes
St Galler Klostertorte
It's hard to imagine anything better than the Linzer Torte, that glorious mix of sandy, buttery hazelnuts and tart, ruby jam from Linz, Austria. Imagine my surprise at discovering the St Galler Klostertorte, its cousin from over the alps, made Swiss by adding, of course, chocolate.
Gluten Free Rüeblitorte
Another great part of Swiss baking (aside from the abundance of kirsch) is that many of the recipes are by their very nature gluten free, as they rely on a base of ground nuts, rather than flour. Many are centuries old and have been tried and tested so often that they rarely go wrong. This Rüeblitorte, or carrot cake, is one such example.
A Swiss classic, I remember my mum's Rüeblitorte (carrot cake) fondly. She never iced it, so I always felt like I could eat it for breakfast. I asked her to send me her recipe, and she ended up sending both hers and my grandmother's. Rather than decide between the two, I diplomatically amalgamated them and came up with the following.