Viennese Tortes

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by fbacker, Sep 25, 2003.

  1. fbacker

    fbacker

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    Hello!

    I'm a food writer and former chef, and I have a background in Austro-Hungarian baking among other things.

    I'm working on a book about Viennese baking, and there are two torten I *really* want to include, both of which are the respective specialities of two Viennese cafés:

    One is the famous Imperial Torte, much better (in my opinion)than the over-hyped Sacher Torte. It's a specialty of the Imperial in Vienna.

    The other is a marvellous torte served by Café Gerstner, unsurprisingly named Gerstner Torte.

    I've searched the 'Net (via Google) for either recipes or accurate descriptions of both, but all I get are sales sites or photos, no real descriptions, much less recipes.

    Has anyone out there either eaten these torten or has knowledge of a source for the recipes--even an approximation (Obviously, I know enough about Austro-Hungarian baking techniques to 'wing it')?

    I'd be most grateful for any advice.
     
  2. djr5

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    Hello,Wolfgang Puck made this torte on his food tv show, and the recipe was on there web site, the episode #WP1B12 hope this helps.

    djr5
     
  3. athenaeus

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    Larousse Gastronomique doesn't mention the Imperial torte but I guess that you must have checked that :)

    Have you searched the web for "Viennoiserie" although I am not sure that tortes belong to this category...
     
  4. isa

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    Couldn't find anything on it, not even in my Austrian books. Do you speak German? There seem to be many references of it in German website.