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Chocolate Linzertorte

Yield one 11" torte
This elegant torte, which originated in Linz, Austria, boasts a raspberry jam filling encased in a buttery chocolate-almond lattice crust.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups whole natural almonds, toasted and ground
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until soft and creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, beating well.

  2. Combine flour, salt, and allspice; add to butter mixture alternately with melted chocolate, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in almonds. Divide dough in half.

  3. Roll half of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper to an 11" circle. Freeze 15 minutes. Press remaining half of dough into an 11" tart pan coated with cooking spray.

  4. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes. Stir jam well and spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate morsels.

  5. Remove top sheet of wax paper from frozen circle of dough; cut into 1/2"-wide strips, using a fluted pastry wheel. Arrange strips in lattice design over torte, sealing ends of strips to prebaked crust.

  6. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Serve torte at room temperature with whipped cream.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995