almond jam tart + The Kinfolk Table + a giveaway

November 19, 2013

Kinfolk Giveaway on butter me up, Brooklyn

Update 11/23/2013: Congratulations Kathleen! Thank you all for entering and happy holiday baking!

When the Burl Ives begins to play on a constant loop and the twinkling street lights go up while the trees still cling to their last leaves and it seems like the holidays are barreling down on us faster than one can say “Gift wrap!” I begin a little countdown of my own. There are only 5.5 weeks left until my mom’s Christmas Eve Linzer Torte.

Over the years, there have been a few family traditions in our house that have stuck. The first is called Snapdragons and involves igniting a platter of nuts that have been soaked in brandy and snatching as many as one can before the fire goes out. (Flaming brandy is amazingly as fun as it sounds.) The second is Linzer Torte.

the kinfolk table book

A Linzer Torte is an amazing thing. Not only does it always have a place of honor in our dessert line-up, it is almond dough hugging a jam filling. It is also the perfect holiday dessert because it can be easily made ahead and really gets better with time. So if you’ve had too much flaming brandy on Christmas Eve and missed the dessert hour, then it makes for a fantastic Christmas Day mid-morning breakfast treat. I would like to go on the record however and say this has never happened to me.

Inside the kinfolk table, full spread

So I knew when I was asked to contribute a family recipe to The Kinfolk Table – a gorgeous new book from the folks behind Kinfolk Magazine – it would be without a doubt my mom’s recipe for Linzer Torte.

Except I had to jazz things up à la BMUB by adding a few changes of my own. I tweaked and streamlined the preparation, swapped almond extract for lemon zest, opted out of the woven lattice top in favor of a simpler covering, and added a handful of sliced almonds and coarse sugar for crunch. I also baked it in a tart pan, which as you know is one of my favorite party tricks in the baking category. I basically kept everything the same as in my mom’s version.

behind the scenes

I also keep pinching myself about being included in this publication and to everyone at Kinfolk, thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU! I am honored to be in such company and my biggest hugs to everyone behind this truly stunning book.

Inside the Kinfolk Table

P.S. A few more pictures can be found here on the Kinfolk website.

Linzer Torte Recipe from butter me up, Brooklyn!

So to celebrate the book and get everyone pumped up and ready for The Holiday Baking Season – as well as everything you need to make your very own almond jam tart at home – I am giving away some goodies.

The Holiday Baking Box includes:

  • A copy of The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams
  • One 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom
  • Jar of Liebe is Jam raspberry lemon and chamomile jam (Made in Brooklyn!)
  • A bottle of almond extract (From one of my favorite baking purveyors Rodelle. This is the good stuff, kids!)
  • One tiny bag of sparkling sugar which is one of my favorite baking items and can be sprinkled on anything and everything!

**All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post.**

Let me know your favorite family holiday recipe or what you find yourself making every year or what you are most looking forward to baking this year.

You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook and then say hi in the comments to enter the giveaway!

The comments will close on Friday, November 22nd at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Good luck!

mom's linzertorte

Almond Jam Tart (Linzer Torte)
Makes one 9-inch tart

Adapted from my mother, Mary Etue Auld, who originally found it in a 1977 issue of Sunset Magazine via The Kinfolk Table

1 3/4 cups (218 grams) flour
1 3/4 cups (145 grams) almond flour*
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) butter, softened
2/3 cup (135 grams) sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
12 ounces (340 grams) best-quality jam (our family always goes the raspberry route)
a handful of sliced almonds and coarse sugar, for finishing

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Set both aside.

Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the extracts and egg and beat until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients, in several additions, mixing well to combine. It may begin to look crumbly but keep mixing until the flour is fully incorporated.

Press two-thirds of the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared tart pan. Use an offset spatula to spread the jam evenly onto the crust. Roll the remaining dough into a cylinder about 9-inches long and slice into rounds about 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Starting from the edge of the tart and working towards the center place the rounds (making sure they are just touching) over the jam filling. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and coarse sugar. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the jam filling is bubbling and the edges of the tart are lightly browned.

Let the tart cool completely before serving. Bonus! This dessert gets even better after a day which is just one of the many reasons why it perfect for holiday entertaining. Another reason: It is perfect as a breakfast dessert. The fully-cooled tart can be covered and stored at room temperature for a day or two. Dust with a sprinkling of powdered sugar just before serving.

*Almond flour is also sold as almond meal. I get mine at TJ’s but you can make your own by grinding whole raw almonds in a food processor or blender (which is what my mom always does and she’s like, “Almond flour?! Come on Lil, just make your own!” I never listen and thus the mother-daughter baking debates continue.) If you do make your own just be careful to not get too excited and over blend or you will end up with almond butter. You want to use short, quick pulses. Also, adding a teaspoon of sugar along with the whole almonds can help to avoid the almond flour into the almond butter situation.

goodies, up close

Nitty gritty. One winner will be selected. The giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers. Please leave a valid email address and I will contact the winner to coordinate shipping details. This giveaway is sponsored by butter me up, Brooklyn!. One entry (comment) per person please. The comments will close on Friday, November 22nd at 11:59 p.m. (EST). The winner will be contacted and announced on Saturday, November 23rd by 11:59 p.m. (EST). The winner will be randomly selected via blog magic


Miranda November 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I was all excited about the prospect of “almond jam,” and it’s something I might need to invent, but a lovely Linzer Torte is just as exciting.

La Perle November 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I love Linzer Torte and your recipe looks great- thanks for sharing with us! My favorite family recipe is for Moroccan appetizers called cigars, that we eat only once a year at Christmas time. They are so delicious, but eating them too often would take away how special they are!

Erin November 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Looks gorgeous. Every year I wait for my Gramma’s shortbread cookies. I’ve tried the recipe a dozen times and it’s never turned out quite as perfect as hers.

Patti November 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Apple pies and Sacher Torte!

Lily November 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

This sounds completely amazing!

One of my favorite holiday (or any time) recipes is Alice Medrich’s sherry-olive oil pound cake. It makes a great gift, potluck contribution, and day-after breakfast.

Sarah November 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Beautiful! Congratulations to you on contributing such a delightful recipe to such a wonderful project. Happy Holidays!

Sandy November 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Oh, *yum*! This sounds really wonderful! With all of the terrific recipes you post, it’s no wonder you were asked to contribute to the book. 🙂

Jo November 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Just discovered your site. All I can say is uh…..YUM! Thanks for sharing your delicious looking recipes. I can’t wait to try them.

I am looking forward to making toffee for friends and to baking cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. I can smell them already!!

Kim November 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

We live in Vietnam and we don’t actually celebrate Christmas here, but there’s a good side to that. I don’t have to stick with traditions, and can experiment something new each and every year. This year, I’m looking forward to Almond Mascarpone Dark chocolate Tart and A decorative Christmas wreath made out of cookies.
Congratulations, and thank you for your beautiful blog.

karen November 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Your tart is so lovely – wish I could have a slice right now with some tea.

Laura November 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

My mom and I always make Snowballs (aka Mexican wedding cookies) together right before Christmas, and I look forward to them every year!

Ileana November 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

My boyfriend’s Midwestern parents are spending Christmas with my family in Miami this year – BIG DEAL! So. My sister and I have resolved to finally make cinnamon rolls for Christmas. Nothing better than a house full of people and the smell of cinnamon-y good stuff in the oven, and I think they’ll go over very well. Could be a new tradition.

julia November 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

my favorite holiday recipe is your saltine toffee chocolate amazesquares. not just saying that to get in good or anything. truth.

Adin November 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm

The one holiday constant in my family is Chex mix — i prefer mine with only corn Chex, rice Chex, and pretzel sticks (no wheat Chex or nuts, thank you very much). And whenever we have a holiday party, I have to make at least two baked brie wheels (stuffed with cranberry chutney and wrapped in puff pastry) to assuage to ravenous masses.

Elizabeth B. November 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I’ve been wanting to buy this cookbook from day one, but knowing this recipe is in it makes me want it even more! Thanks for sharing the recipe so I can make it even if I don’t win the book 🙂

Alana November 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

My mother used to let me pick out five different types of cookies to make as gifts for all our family and friends. I had so much fun that I still look forward to cookie making during the holidays!

Stephanie November 20, 2013 at 1:57 am

That tart is BEAUTIFUL!! I usually go for cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning–best tradition!

Laura November 20, 2013 at 2:17 am

My favorite family recipe is for Danish Kringle- it has to have either apricot or almond filling, and luckily, the recipe make enough for two kringles, so I always make one of each :).
I make the kringle on Christmas Eve, and we have them warm on Christmas morning.
The crust is super tender and sooo good!
Happy Holidays!

Nanna November 20, 2013 at 5:52 am

It looks so yum!

Greg November 20, 2013 at 6:27 am

mmmmmmmm…linzer torte. I used to always make a Hazelnut Dacquoise for after Christmas dinner. Now I simplify and make Hazelnut Espresso Cookies. I could make them all year but then they wouldn’t be as special.

Mary Denham November 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

I’ve looked through the book briefly and was drawn to this recipe. I have made linzers before (they are a dream with whole wheat flour), and I am now thinking this would be lovely for our holiday dessert tables. Great way to use all of my homemade jam. I have been so immersed in holiday produce – quince and cranberry and crabapple – making jams, but I’m looking forward to the holidays when I can make desserts out of these things for my family.

Tom Cedergren November 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

I can’t seem to get over the dipped double chocolate chunk cookie bars but when i do this will be next up to bat. 🙂

Katy November 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

I love making cookies all year long, but making Christmas cookies is my favorite holiday tradition.

Kate November 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe! It sounds wonderful. I love the holidays and dear family recipes. You may have just convinced me to go out and buy a torte pan. 🙂

Jennie November 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

On such a beautiful site, I feel sheepish to admit that I love to make the peanut butter kiss cookies which I only make during the holidays. Maybe the almond crescents and pecan balls too!

Lauren November 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

We always make sweet potato casserole, and my mom does such a great job making it, I only eat it at Thanksgiving.

NanciKnits November 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

Among my favorite things are Linzer Tortes and I will be baking one for Thanksgiving this year. Thanks for the inspiration and family recipe!

Lauren W November 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

I love my mom’s Cram-Jam – it’s a basic dough recipe braided around a filling made of raspberry jam, chopped nuts, chopped apricots and some other delicious things I can’t remember offhand.

Lucy Kagan November 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

This looks awesome. I’m excite to try a gluten free rendition!

Tami November 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

I love your recipes! I will be making this Almond Jam tart twice over the holidays. First, for my daughters cookie exchange brunch and then for our Christmas gathering.
I always say “Love people and cook them wonderful food”.

GingerG November 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

… pecan tassies, Viennese Crescents and homemade fudge are among my standbys – had my library buy the book and I was first on the Hold List – “oh my, now I want this book for my own”!!! – beautiful pictures, stories and recipes.

Jen November 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

YUM. Will be making this. Love making a bourbon spiced apple pie. OK, maybe a pecan pie too. Will not be making the tragic pumpkin caramel pie I attempted last year: turns out, the kind of caramel that you put on sundaes is the WRONG KIND of caramel.

pj m November 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

Raspberry, almond–I am so there.

Ed Jasek November 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

Oh, please, please, please let me win this giveaway. I love your blog, and am enamoured with the Kinfolk stuff. Keep up the great writing!

Ariel November 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

I love to make peppermint bark during the holiday season. It is a really easy gift to wrap up and give to coworkers.

Ana November 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

I have been wanting to make Linzer Torte for years now, and add it to my collection of holiday cookie giveaways! My favorite family holiday recipe has got to be the recipe passed down from my great grandma (and maybe farther back along the family line) for biscochitos, which are traditional Southwest cookies made with anise and cinnamon sugar. It’s also a holiday tradition to go visiting neighbors and try their biscochitos, see who’s are the best, and try and perfect your own family recipe. While keeping your own recipe and tricks a secret of course.

Lori November 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

Beautiful tart!

Jeannie Zanetti November 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

What a lovely story. Thanks for this post. And congrats on being included in such a gorgeous publication. Can’t wait to make the torte.
As far as baking goes, my parents weren’t bakers per se. So I don’t have any specific recipe I pull from every holiday season. So, what did I do, make my own traditions, of course!
Now every holiday I make many batches of biscotti, traditional anise ones, chocolate pistachio, etc. I send them out across the country in little wax bags to be devoured by my family. I think its time to add on to the holiday traditions……hmmm.

Butter, basil, and breadcrumbs November 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

I love this.. How wonderful for you to be included in the Kinfolk Magazine… you must be walking on air!! I’m happy for you…
This torte is absolutely gorgeous…what a perfect dessert for Christmas..

I think the thing that I’m looking forward to baking the most for Christmas would be my cutouts. My kids are grown, and really don’t care about them, but for some reason, they still make me happy to make. My son just said the other day…”I don’t know why you insist on making them, mom…. nobody even eats them…” He says that, but it’s funny how they disappear. SOMEbody is eating them!!

Meagan November 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I love everything i’ve made from your blog! This looks awesome as well!!

meg November 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I love linzer torte, and I can’t believe how long it’s been since I made one. Great post.

Jenny November 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Wow!! This looks gorgeous!!! My holiday traditions have been rapidly changing in the past few years (us three kids squarely moving out of the nest, me getting married and gaining a little one (my niece)). Last year, I made Yotam Ottolenghi’s spice cookies (recipe via The Wednesday Chef here:…and ended up making them 3 more times before the year’s end. These are going to be a yearly fixture (but now face heavy competition in this tort!). Thanks!

Miss Layla Rushing November 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Been subscribing for over a year. Your recipes are to die for! So excited for you and your paperback (and hardbound) progress! Way to go!

Keep on keeping on!

-Miss Layla

Valeria November 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Love it! I have 10 jars of grape jam from my last harvest that need to be used and this seems to be a good recipe to start experimenting! Thanks xx

Cathy November 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

This looks wonderful! I will plan to make it during the holidays.

Naomi November 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

This is incredible!! I love baking, especially during the holidays. I tend to bake a lot of cookies, especially traditional Czech Christmas cookies that I remember my mom baking during childhood. I love cookies with different shapes, and I think it will be fun for my nephew to help too!

Matlena November 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Looks delicious! My favorite holiday family tradition is making pullaa- which is a sweet bread flavored with aromatic cardamom, cinnamon, almonds and lots of butter:) we Finns eat it all year round but especially during the holidays. It is delicious!

Tanya November 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

This looks incredible, it might just have to make an appearance on this years holiday table!

Rachel November 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

wow! Congrats on getting a recipe in that book! It’s beautifully done! Bravo!!

Helen Marie November 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I always make an apple cranberry crumble with an crunchy almond topping. Yum! The recipe has passed down to my friends who now make it as their holiday dessert every year. Thanks so much for the giveaway! So generous!!

Paul November 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

What a lovely prize for this giveaway…and that tart (torte) looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Abby November 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Linzer torte is my favorite dessert! I’m excited to try the recipe passed down through your family. What a special tradition! Every year my dad and I make Betty Crocker’s French apple pie. No pie ever tastes better.

Nueva Babylon November 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I’m looking forward to spend the New Year with my family and to all my mom’s baked goodies. Myself, I’ll make butter cookies by the recipe of my in-laws relative from NC, it was pretty pretty damn good 🙂

Sydney November 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Each year for the holidays my grandmother makes her famous buttered dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken. Call me a bit Southern, but pair that with her homemade lemonade and life doesn’t get much better.

Maggie November 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

What a gorgeous cookbook. And even more, the tart! Wow.

Jennifer Wilson November 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I am imagining how good this would taste with my mom’s homemade raspberry jam (or as we call it – razzleberry)

Sonya November 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

The tart looks amazing!
We don’t really have any traditional Christmas baked goods, I’d maybe cook something that’s complicated enough to save it for a special occasion, like the Russian-style Napoleon cake with lots of layers.

Holly November 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

For the past few weeks I’ve been baking pies in hopes of perfecting them for the holidays. I cannot wait to make my great-grandmothers sugar cookies either. They are the best from scratch sugar cookies.

Carla November 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I know it seems the obvious answer but pumpkin pie is my favorite thing to bake. I’ve got my recipe down pat and there’s no one in the family that doesn’t love it.

Rosanne November 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I bake something very similar to this – crostata, and it is one of our favourite desserts. It disappears before it gets a chance to cool properly.

I love most pies, especially the ones made with in season fruit.

Maggie November 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

In 1973, when my mother was very ill, I took on the “Christmas Cookie” making tradition. She was able to see my efforts, and wrote it in her Christmas card. I have been making 12 different types of cookies every year since then. I have added and subtracted a few, but the basic ones stay!…Also added to the list was the Stollen, my grandmother made EVERY Christmas. We would divide it amonst the families, as it was like gold. My father would help me knead the dough, but now I have resorted to the “dough hook”…I think, the smell of this bread, baking in the oven, is the most wonderful of any kind. That is what I look forward to baking at Christmas. It’s way too difficult, to do, more than once a year!

Jackie November 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Can’t wait to make this recipe! My favorite holiday recipe is for snowball cookies.

Mary Garrison November 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

This looks amazing. A cup of piping hot tea and a slice would be lovely.

Siobhan November 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

My favorite thing to make for the holidays is creamed onions. I can’t make enough of them for my family!

sofia November 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Great torte….Wonderful
Christmas is the best baking time of the year and l’m looking forward to bake cookies and fudge. ham……..

Pam November 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I have recently discovered the treasure that is almond extract – I am excited to try your recipe! Happy Holidays to you!!

Karen Stuck November 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Kinfolk table edition, baby!

Helen November 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

all kinds of Christmas cookies, all day marathon style. Also chipotle cranberry sauce (and I usually hate chipotles)

Cale November 20, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Tarts are the best, but this year I am in charge of making mini pies!

Julia November 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

The tart looks amazing!
My favorite holiday recipe is gingerbread cookies!

Sandra T November 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I love linzer torte! My favorite is the apple pie with home made vanilla ice cream.
Thank you for sharing.

Rachel B. November 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Caramel Rolls and Snowball cookies. That’s what I’m looking forward to 🙂

Tal November 21, 2013 at 12:18 am


Julia November 21, 2013 at 1:51 am

Your version of the Linzer Torte sounds amazing. Would love to try it out and compare it to my granny’s. Greetings from Germany!

Stella November 21, 2013 at 2:17 am

I have ended up making a traditional English Christmas Pudding for all the family for about 20 years now. The recipe came from a family friend who was making it herself up till she was about 90. The recipe was her mother’s so is very old, and makes a large quantity, so there are small puddings to go around!! I get the pudding basins returned to me throughout the year, ready for the next Christmas supply!

Annie November 21, 2013 at 4:01 am

Every year i’m in charge of making the ‘alternative’ Christmas pudding, for those of us who aren’t all that keen on the classics. Usually something chocolate, but this year it’s going to be a Mont Blanc dessert – chestnut merignues and cream!

Mysha November 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

OMG, I own every single Kinfolk mag! Stan from the beginning! I’m heavily hinting at getting this book for Christmas, but winning would be an awesome early Christmas gift! Thank for the giveaway 🙂

Jessica (bakecetera) November 21, 2013 at 5:21 am

your tart looks incredible! i may have to try out this recipe ASAP! yum!

Elizabeth H. November 21, 2013 at 6:05 am

Love Linzor Torte! Will be making this for an early Thanksgiving dessert.

Elizabeth November 21, 2013 at 7:06 am

I will be baking my Grandma’s recipe for Honey Biscuits, in Christmas shapes with piped white royal icing and silver cachous. Every year since I can remember we have these at Christmas time!

Elisabeth November 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

I cannot wait to try it. I’m happy I’ll be home for the holidays this year! Traditional foods = comfort

Laura November 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

What a lovely book! I most look forward to my mom’s Gumdrop Cake and Fondants.

Tali November 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

I can’t wait to try and make a Parmesan and Bazil challah recipe I saw in a book I just got for my birthday from my hubby…now I have a house full of Bazil..but I don’t complain :0)

Cheryl November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

Your torte will be on our Christmas table this year! For the past twenty six years my friends have shared a cookie exchange. I spend the day before baking with my Mom in her kitchen. Every year we make Paul Bunyon Sugar Cookies, Baked Chocolate Covered Cherry cookies, and Forgotten Cookies. We make at least one new cookie every year. French macaroons for 2013!

Val November 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

I will be making so many of your recipes for the holidays (no surprise there)!!! Just this morning I made a batch of oatmeal cocoa nib cookies for my father-in-law because he claims that they are the best cookies on earth. Anyway, thanks, as always, for providing me with the best recipes and, as you know, changing my life and my perspective on baking! xoxo

Rose November 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love your blog & I love this cookbook! I work at a bookstore and have been eyeing this. If I don’t win, I guess I’ll have to just buy a copy, especially now that I know one of your recipes is in it! But I hope I win. 🙂

Lisa E November 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

There sure is something special about Linzer Tortes…my family is equally obsessed with my Omi’s

Stephanie November 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

Delicious! The one family recipe that stands out for me is the meat pie. I think it’s a French Canadian tradition, so we always had a meat pie during the holidays.

Malinda November 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

Looks amazing! I look forward to baking several billion things over the holidays but, one that stands out for my friends and family is this amazing Apple Tarte Tatin I serve after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. The recipe is pieced together from several recipes found in various cookbooks I’ve acquired over the years. I always serve it with fresh whipped cream and everyone raves about it!! This is a great website…and I can’t wait to try the Almond Jam Tart!!

Michael November 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Tart sounds amazing!

Michael November 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

This looks great!

Starlene November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm


Erica November 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I love the Sweet Potato Pecan pie from Dinosaur BBQ! It my be my favorite dessert ever.

Ashlee November 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Looks wonderful!

Zahra November 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I am new to baking and am excited to try this tart! I am always making savory dishes for the holidays but this year, I am on dessert duty!

Sarah November 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Lovely! I have been baking our family chocolate chip cookies every holiday since the age of 10,

Joline November 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I love having homemade rolls – fluffy and delicious!

Kathleen November 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I have always wanted to make linzer torte but do not have a tart pan so this would be exactly what I need!

Liora M November 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I always look forward to making orange ginger cranberry sauce!
This looks absolutely beautiful, congratulations!

Karen November 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Congrats. Am definitely looking forward to using this Etue recipe for this year’s Thanksgiving potlucks. Thank you!

Ayeleth November 22, 2013 at 2:58 am

I love hearing about others holiday’s traditions, they are always fascinating, and somehow seems more interesting than ours :-).
As for my favourite holiday recipe, that would definitely be frosted honey-ginger cookies (and your last post about the cider frosting certainly gave me an idea to next year).

Sarah November 22, 2013 at 3:09 am

Linzer Torte ist – and always has been – my favourite cake! In the last years it has become my personal tradition to start the “Plätzchen” (German word for christmas-cookies)-season with these litte breads out of chocolate, almonds and rum:
If I win, I’ll make them with bourbon!

Lisa November 22, 2013 at 4:08 am

The Linzer Torte looks absolutely amazing! For Christmas I’m always making homemade chocolate truffels and all sorts of pralines to give them to family and friends as little presents. A whole lot of work, but the results are absolutely worth the effort!

Thanks for all your beautiful recipes, they’re so inspiring 🙂

Jude McIntyre November 22, 2013 at 5:19 am

Oh please let me be the lucky commenter! I love that you have a lovely old recipe, I cherish my own mum’s recipe notebook. Love Lindzer torte, or Bakewell tarts. Almond and jam are a match made in heaven.

Anne J November 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

I will be adding this torte to my holiday baking! I haven’t had Linzer cookies in years and this makes me crave them.

For me, the holidays are not complete without baking a batch of babka, from my mom’s recipe. It is a Christmas morning tradition. I also love to give it as gifts. Another favorite tradition is the annual day of making pierogi with the women in my family. Four generations cooking together – the day is wonderful and something I look forward to every year.

Nina November 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

I love the look of this recipe; just in time for holiday parties too. I am definitely going to try this. My favourite holiday recipe is cranberry raisin pie. The tartness of the cranberries is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the raisins and when it bakes it looks like Christmas – all dark red and glisteny. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without one of these pies.

Livia November 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

I might sounds like a traditionalist…but I am excited to bake and eat a nice pumpkin pie. Last year I made it with fresh Butternut Squash and it was amazing. I also look forward to my mom’s basic sugar cookies, the taste is great but the best part is decorating with the little cousins!

Fiona November 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

It’s only been in the last couple of years that I feel like my partner Paul and I are building holiday traditions of our own, one of which for me involves baking goodies that are different from what my mum baked. I am so looking forward to trying the Bouchon Bakery’s recipe for gingerbread this year, and seeing if it makes the cut for becoming a part of our holiday traditions.

Theresa Geary November 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Oh my, such decadence! And what a wonderful way to enjoy raspberries in the winter time.

Anika Alonzo November 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I ♥ me some Linzer Torte as well for the holidays! But the best is probably a galette des rois. It’s amazing.

Crystal November 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

This recipe looks amazing! I always make apple crisp for Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with awesomely decorated sugar cookies xo

Julie McQuary November 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I would already own this if there hadn’t been so many irresistible cookbooks released recently (Smitten Kitchen, Sprouted Kitchen, Ivan Ramen, Plenty, Smoke + Pickles, Jerusalem). There is only so much money to spend on cookbooks 🙁

My favorite family recipe is my grandmother’s lefse, always eaten with lots of butter and sugar like a good Norwegian girl!

tracy November 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

i very much like ur logo, baking makes friends

Anu Menon November 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Loving this… Got led here by my friend Tracy… 😀 And although i’ve never tried tart – this looks amazing!

Ruth Flinkstrom November 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

This looks so tasty! I can’t wait to make this for my family and friends visiting from Georgia.

alex November 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

that recipe card looks like it came from my mom’s box!

Molly November 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This is AMAZEBALLS!! BMUB is published in a book! This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to check out the book!! 🙂

Betsey Massee November 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

There are so many favorite recipes around the holidays! One favorite is “Swedish Nuts” from my husband’s grandmother. Melt 1 stick butter in rimmed cookie sheet (325 degree oven). Beat two egg whites until stiff, beat in one cup sugar and a pinch of salt to make a meringue. Add 3 cups nuts (pecans and/or walnuts), mix well with the melted butter and spread out in the pan. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until butter is absorbed and mixture turns light brown. Cool and break apart.
Makes great gifts — we’ve been making this for nearly 40 years now and it is an annual tradition. Love this giveaway and thanks for the recipe.

Yvonne November 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm


Sarah November 23, 2013 at 1:56 am

This is always my favorite item on the dessert table at Christmas time. Let’s make it sometime with homemade raspberry jam from Chehalis!! Occasionally I will make marionberry-raspberry jam. That would be an incredible filling!!

Lisa November 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

I second the pecan tassies. Anything bite size disappears.

We also make tons of homemade marzipan during the holidays and then use it in all kinds of tortes and desserts throughout the year, though my husband just eats it plain with dark chocolate.

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