Esterházy torte

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Esterházy torta
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Esterházy torta slice, served at a confectionery in Sopron
Place of originHungary and Austria
Main ingredientsAlmond meringue, buttercream
two Esterházy Schnitten

Esterházy torta is a Hungarian cake (torta) named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha (1786–1866), a member of the Esterházy dynasty and diplomat of the Austrian Empire. It was invented by Budapest confectioners in the late 19th century[1] and soon became one of the most famous cakes in the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.[citation needed]

Esterházy torta consists of buttercream spiced with cognac or vanilla, sandwiched between four and five layers of almond meringue (macaroon) dough.[2] The torte is iced with a fondant glaze and decorated with a characteristic chocolate striped pattern.[3] There are, however, many different recipe variations. In Hungary, the original almonds have been entirely replaced by walnuts.[4]

Esterházy Schnitten[edit]

A popular variant,[5] although not in Hungary, are Esterházy Schnitten: while a Torta is always of round shape, Schnitten are made in square shape. Other versions based on sponge cake or decorated with crystallized fruit also exist. Esterházy Schnitten is typically a very sweet cake.[5]

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  1. ^ Monaco, Emily (March 3, 2016). "Top 5 Pastries to Try in Budapest". Paste. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Maranan, E.B.; Goldstein, L.S.M. (2008). A taste of home: Pinoy expats and food memories. Anvil Pub. p. 43. ISBN 978-971-27-2037-6. Retrieved February 4, 2017. ... like Sans Rival, this torte is made up of stiff nut-meringue-like layers ...
  3. ^ Fercher, D.; Karrer, A.; Limbeck, K. (2013). Austrian Desserts and Pastries: 108 Classic Recipes. Skyhorse. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-62873-134-7. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  4. ^ The Esterházy cake[permanent dead link], Ruszwurm Confectionery
  5. ^ a b Fercher, D.; Karrer, A.; Limbeck, K. (2013). Austrian Desserts and Pastries: 108 Classic Recipes. Skyhorse. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-62873-134-7. Retrieved February 4, 2017.

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