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Becca’s Book, Serial #12 and Linzer Torte Squares

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As this post is going out on Halloween, I guess we don’t have to explain how unfamiliar experiences at a party can produce unexpected behavior.  Hide behind a mask or put on a silly or scary costume, and suddenly you’re a different person–or at least acting like one. And generally that’s o.k.–it’s fun to get outside of yourself every now and then.

But what about at a theme party? Do those rules apply? In Becca’s Book, Serial #12, they do. Zach and Becca attend a German theme party and end up in an unexpected and spontaneous exchange–though it’s unclear how much, if anything, the party had to do with it. Still, they did start out at the party, and ended up in a situation neither would’ve anticipated.

One of the desserts served at the German party was a Linzer Torte, which really is more a tart than a torte–presumably an accident in the German to English translation. But tart or torte, it is mmm-mmm delicious–and with this recipe, so easy! Give it a try to see what you think. Maybe it will get you outside of yourself for a little while–a whole lot easier than putting on a silly costume and going to a party with a bunch of intoxicated hooligans in masks.

{In loving memory of Dad/Grampy: 10-31-10}

linzer torte squares

Linzer Torte Squares

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup ground walnuts

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup raspberry preserves

linzer torte

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set aside a 7×5 inch pan.

Combine the flour, powdered sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and melted butter and stir until ingredients are combined. The mixture should be slightly crumbly but not dry.

Press 2/3 of the mixture onto the bottom of the 7×5 inch pan. Spoon and spread the raspberry preserves over top of the mixture. Crumble the remaining mixture over top of the preserves. Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting.

Makes 6-8 bars.

linzer torte squares1

{Adapted from Betty Crocker}

To view or download Becca’s Book in its entirety (and for free!) click on the cover.

To listen to or view Serial #12, click on the audio or the text link below the cover.


Becca's Book cover

Becca’s Book, Serial #12, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Becca’s Book, Serial #12, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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