Sometimes I throw myself a culinary challenge. This is manifested in the fact that I begin to prepare such dishes that it would be easier to go and buy if I were in my homeland. This is especially true for desserts. However, most of the goodies that come from my childhood in Dubai are not available, and I really want to please my family, which is the biggest motivation and a signal for action.
Today I want to invite you to cook a delicacy from shortcrust pastry with a layer of jam, just the way I remember it from early childhood. The taste of a shortcrust pastry glazed with lipstick is familiar to every person who lived in the USSR. It is based on simple ingredients, making it accessible to anyone. And despite all its simplicity, it is very tasty.
The true story of the origin of the Alexandertorte is unknown, but almost all sources associate its appearance with the name of Emperor Alexander I. One of the versions indicates that this cake was invented by a Swiss pastry chef and served to the emperor on his birthday during a visit to Helsinki. According to another version, the author of this dessert is one of the founders of modern cooking, the Frenchman Marie-Antoine Karem, who for some time worked in St. Petersburg at the court of Alexander I.
“Alexandertorte” or simply glazed shortbread cake with jam was very common in Soviet times, which can be explained by the fact that it does not require any special storage conditions.
If you want to nostalgize a little or just plunge into the atmosphere of culinary delicacies of the times of the USSR, then be sure to prepare “Alexandertorte”.
It’s tea time! Enjoy!
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