A torte (TOHRT) is a multilayered dessert or savory food item,
Tortes Start with a Sponge or Crepes
- A dessert torte is made with layers of nut-meal sponge cake that get its characteristic light and airy crumb from egg yolks, sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites, but no shortening.
- Savory tortes typically start with crepes or other thin pancakes.
Typical Torte Fillings
- Dessert tortes can be filled with buttercreams, mousses, jams, sweetened nut pastes, meringues and other fillings.
- Savory tortes are filled with creamed meat mixtures, roasted vegetables, cheeses and more.
Eastern European Torte Recipes
In most Central and Eastern European countries, a torte is known as a torta.
- Hungarian Walnut Torte Recipe: Known as dios torta in Hungarian, this decadent three-layer torte is made with a walnut sponge and chocolate buttercream.
- Hungarian Esterhazy Torte Recipe: This rich dessert is another example of Austro-Hungarian baking at its finest. It's made with almond flour sponge cake and chocolate buttercream.
- Hungarian Stacked Pancake Torte Recipe: In this recipe, this dessert torte is made with crepes sandwiched together with apricot jam and cherry pie filling.
- Hungarian Dobosh Torte Recipe: Known as dobos torta in Hungarian, this classic rich dessert with a crunchy caramel top is time-consuming to make but so worth the effort.
- Polish Spinach Torte Recipe: Instead of sponge cake, this savory torte is made with crepes layered with spinach and cheese filling.
- Hungarian Ham Torte Recipe: Once again, in this Hungarian savory torte recipe, crepes layered with ham replace the sponge cake and sweet filling.
A Tart Is Something Else Entirely
- A tart typically is only 1 inch high and starts with a pastry crust dough that is patted into a pan and then filled.
- There are dessert and savory tarts just as there are dessert and savory tortes.
- Dessert tarts can be filled with fruit, custards and flavored whipped cream while savory tarts can contain meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
Eastern European Tart Recipes
- Rhubarb Cream Tart Recipe: This tart starts with a sweet pastry dough that is then filled with sweetened chopped rhubarb. The pucker power of the rhubarb gives it a green apple flavor.
- Fruit Tart with Nut Crust Recipe: Sweetened chopped nuts are combined with melted butter and then topped with a no-bake cream cheese filling. The coup de grace is the seasonal sliced fruit on top.
- Tomato Tart Recipe: This savory tart starts with a pie crust dough that is filled with ricotta cheese and topped with multicolored sliced tomatoes.
- Leek and Potato Tart Recipe: Again, a pie crust is filled with leeks, potatoes and Gruyère cheese for a great main course or brunch dish.