What should you do if you find yourself in a country where you don't speak the language, but have a TV and spend hours in front of it? Watch cooking shows. I have found that cooking shows are the easiest and most interesting to translate. Also, they involve a lot of easy to understand pictures. Mom and I have watched A LOT of cooking shows over the past three weeks.
Last week we watched Wissenshunger. On this show we learned that the Linzer Torte is the oldest cake recipe in the world. Wow. That is a bold claim. This cake, which is made of a crumbly pastery with lots of ground nuts and a jelly filling, was first documented in 1653.
On TV the cake was made at a bakery in Linz. They used ground hazelnuts and a special jam. I watched with interest and thought, "I can do that." After the show I went to my copy of Dr. Oetkers German Baking Today to look up the recipe. The book called for almonds and raspberry jam. I decided to use a mixture of ground almonds and hazelnuts and a jelly mix of raspberry and red current. Behold my results.
Not bad, if I do say so myself. I have never baked anything involving a lattice top. That part was a bit difficult.
Maybe tomorrow I will try something new. The German has said that the only good thing that has come from all this waiting is the lunch and cake that he gets everyday when he gets home from work!