Vínarterta

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Vínarterta
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Alternative namesRandalín
TypeCake
Place of originIceland
Main ingredientsBiscuit, plum jam

Vínarterta (Icelandic: Vienna cake), also known as Randalín (striped lady cake),[1] is a multi-layered cake made from alternating layers of almond and / or cardamom-flavoured biscuit and plum jam, the jam usually including spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and cardamom.[2][3][4] Other fillings such as apricot and rhubarb are less well known, but traditional going back to the 19th century[5]. Vinarterta originated in Iceland, but its name and composition both hint at Austrian roots.[6][7] The recipe was brought to Manitoba by Icelandic immigrants to Canada, many of whom settled at New Iceland.[2]

The cake is now better-known in the Icelandic communities in Canada and the United States than it is in Iceland.[8][9] The modern Icelandic cake differs from the traditional cake, with common substitutions for the plum jam including cream or strawberries.[2] In New Iceland, substitutions for the filling are discouraged.[8]

The cake is typically served in rectangular slices with coffee.[8]

The cake's history was the subject of a dissertation for a doctorate by historian Laurie Bertram at the University of Toronto.[8]

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  1. ^ Schoening Diehl, Kari (2012). The Everything Nordic Cookbook. Everything (Cooking). F+W Media. p. 255. ISBN 9781440531866.
  2. ^ a b c MacIntosh, Cameron (22 December 2016). "How Canadians are keeping this classic 'Icelandic' holiday cake alive". CBC News. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ Barber, Katherine (2007). Only in Canada, You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language. Oxford University Press Canada. p. 128. ISBN 978-019542707-3.
  4. ^ Haubert, Judy (2 December 2014). "Northern lights". Saveur. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  5. ^ Olafson-Jenkyns, Kristin (2002). The Culinary Saga of New Iceland: Recipes from the Shores of Lake Winnipeg. Guelph, Ontario: Coastline Publishing. pp. 181–182. ISBN 9780968911907.
  6. ^ Olafson-Jenkyns, Kristin (2002). The Culinary Saga of New Iceland: Recipes from the Shores of Lake Winnipeg. Guelph, Ontario: Coastline Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 9780968911907.
  7. ^ Karl, Helgason, Jón. "The Mystery of Vínarterta: In Search of an Icelandic Ethnic Identity". scancan.net. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  8. ^ a b c d Kwong, Matt (24 December 2012). "Don't ask Icelanders how to make their traditional Christmas cake". Maclean's. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ Gillmor, Alison (24 November 2012). "Towering torte: However you slice it, vínarterta is cultural symbol and source of debate". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 22 September 2015.

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