As you might have noticed from previous articles, I am a huge fan of sweet treats.
The aromatic scent of melting butter, the smooth taste of whipped cream or – finally – the tantalizing smell of a freshly baked cake flowing out of the oven right into the nose…
… who could resist?
It’s because of this passion that I’m incredibly keen on trying new flavors and getting to know baking traditions from other countries.
Let’s take a journey to Sweden, where a wonderful almond tart is on the menu.
It’s interesting not only that Sweden’s famous tart is made with nuts, but that specialty desserts from other countries use similar basic ingredients. Spain and Italy both feature a similar type of almond tart.
This recipe is a traditional Scandinavian treat. The yellow color makes it a popular dish during Easter holidays, although you might be familiar with it because the international Swedish furniture store with the four-letter name sells a version, too.
So what makes this tårta so special?
This totally nutty base is then topped with a rich egg cream that includes sugar and cream. Topped with sliced almonds, it has this rustic, homemade look that I really love.
What else should you look out for?
When it comes to preparation, you have to be careful for the egg mixture to thicken properly.
Have some patience when beating the butter and eggs. Just keep on whisking, and in the end your cream will become wonderfully spreadable.
In case you prefer a more extravagant version:
Prepare 1.5 times more dough (or even double the amount), cut the bottom lengthwise, and spread the cream between the layers and on top.
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About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.