Austrian Desserts and Pastries: A Review!

December 22nd, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, it is always wonderful as a food blogger to receive a new cookbook in the mail. This one was no exception… Austrian Desserts and Pastries. From the moment I received it, I loved the beautiful photographs of the intricate and delicate pastries and cakes. The cookbook details not only the process of making Austrian desserts but also explains some of the tradition behind them.

After some perusing, I decided to make a Grillage Torte (although the Apple Strudel was a close second). What caught my eye, were the layers. First you made a hazelnut brittle. Then you grounded the brittle and some walnuts to make the cake layers. The filling is a rich vanilla butter cream and then it was glazed with chocolate. As you can see below, it did not look that great but it tasted good. My family loved it.

So, what did I think of this cookbook? It is great for an experienced baker. Sometimes, perhaps due to the translation from Germany, the quantities or directions in the recipes were incorrect. My cake was supposed to have more layers but it was too thin. It is necessary to understand baking, in order to anticipate these issues. The cookbook is also really useful for someone who wants to learn more about Austrian desserts and pastries. It seemed very comprehensive. Plus the photos are beautiful and drool worthy!

P.S. This cookbook was provided to me by the publisher.

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