For this sweet day, no chocolate!

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 Valentine’s Day as I do think it is a marketing day, another reason 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 substituted for 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:


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?

Strawberry Linzertorte

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: european
Keyword: almond, dried fruits, jam,, linzertorte
Servings: 6 slices


  • 1/2 cup almond powder 60 g
  • 1 cup flour (not packed, sifted) 100 g
  • 1/8 + 1/4 cup sugar 30 + 40 g
  • 1/2 cup butter 100 g
  • 2 cups strawberries (300 g) ideally fresh so it will be local… or choose frozen.


The crust

  • Put the almond powder, the flour and the 1/4 cup 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.
  • 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.

The filling

  • 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 1/8 cup of sugar. Cook it on the stove at medium heat until the strawberries are soften. Stir regularly. It should not be fully cooked.
  • Spread your strawberries and decor with some leftover dough you might have.
  • Put in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes or when the crust looks golden.


For a 9-inch tart dish

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