Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Original Sacher-Torte

The Weather Channel is directing New Yorkers to be prepared for the worst as a winter storm blankets the east coast with snow and ice. Manhattan is currently experiencing light snow and moderate winds. Should conditions deteriorate, I've armed myself with a little something to increase my chances of survival- an Original Sacher-Torte (every emergency kit should come with one of these).

In 1832, 16 year old Franz Sacher was faced with the task of creating a luxurious dessert for Prince Klemens von Metternich, Austrian politician and diplomat, and several of his high-ranking guests. Franz layered sweet apricot jam between, and on top of, two layers of spongey chocolate cake. He then covered the cake with a dense, rich dark chocolate. Franz's original recipe remains a closely guarded secret over 175 years later. The Original Sacher-Torte is made only in Vienna and Salzburg, and is available for shipment in 4 sizes (12cm, 16cm, 19cm, and 22cm) from Hotel Sacher's online shop.

The Original Sacher-Torte arrives in a wooden box engraved with the words "Das Original" and "Hotel Sacher Wien"

The "Hotel Sacher Wien" round seal is stamped on the torte and made of chocolate

The delectable cake should be kept between 16°C and 18°C

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