Desserts and cookies

For this sweet day, no chocolate!

February 13, 2014

A little hypocrite I must admit as I am a chocolate lover and I did get some to my husband… sssh don’t tell him yet!  I  am not a crazy fan of Valentines Day as I do think it is a marketing day, another reasons to overspend since everything is overpriced.  However, this year, with my 2 little ones in Day Care, it is absolutely too adorable to prepare the cards to exchange with all the other friends.  It is going to be a sweet day!

Sweet, but let’s change it up.  I know, I know, I like to stick to the classics sometimes, but for once, no chocolate.  This tart is the love you need today.  It is called Linzer Torte.  I have done it for years, and I miss baking it for my mum because she just loves it.



Strawberries can be substitute by the fruit of your choice, I have done raspberries in the past but you might want to add a little more sugar and cook them on in the pot less time.

Here is another suggestion of presentation: Linzertorte

I wish you all a wonderful day with the love of your life!

And if you really wanted chocolate, there is still my chocolate cake recipe!  What is it going to be for you?



  • - 60g of almond power
  • - 100g of flour
  • - 40g of sugar + 30g
  • - 100g of soft butter
  • - 300g of strawberries, ideally fresh so it will be local... or choose frozen.


  1. - Put the almond powder, the flour and the 40g of sugar in a big bowl, mix well.  Add the butter cut into cubes and mix everything with your fingers, until you are able to form a ball with it.
  2. - At this point, I cheat!  The crust is so crumbly that I do not roll it but I place the dough directly in the plate and 'roll it' with my palm.  It is actually as fast and I do not dirty as much.
  3. - Wash the strawberries and cut the leaves of it.  Cut them in 4 and place them all in pot with 1/4 cup of water and the 30g of sugar.  Cook it on the stove at medium heat until the strawberries are soften.  Stir regularly.  It should not be fully cooked.
  4. - Spread your strawberries and decor with some leftover dough you might have.
  5. - Put in the oven at 325F for 25 minutes or when the crust looks golden.


For a 9-inch tart plate


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