National Coconut Torte Day
Coconut tortes can be a delicious treat, since they are neither a cake or a pastry. Why coconuts? Why is there such a fascination with coconuts and other desserts in our culture today?
Today is National Coconut Torte Day. This day celebrates the history of how tortes and coconut were combined into the delicious dessert we know today.
Torte is the German term for cake. It is a cake made with groundnuts instead of flour. Torte usually has multiple layers, and is filled with buttercream, whipped cream, or jam.
Linzer Torte was the first type of torte that existed. It was made with an almond shortcrust pastry, and filled with redcurrant jelly. It is a well-known cake from Linz in Austria. It was first believed to have been created during the 1600s by Vienna Stadt und Landesbibliothek.
A cookbook that contains recipes from some of the most famous bakeries and chefs of the day. There are many varieties of torte available today, including the popular coconut torte.
Coconuts may have been around for a longer time than we think. They were originally traded by Arab traders who brought coconuts from India to East Africa nearly 2,000 years ago.
These traders introduced the coconut to Europeans along the Asian Silk Roads. One of the most famous being Marco Polo who called the coconut “The Pharaoh‚Äôs Nut” in 13th century. It was not named until the 16th century because it was similar to cocuruto in Portugal, which is “crown on the head”. Because it looked like a skull, it didn’t get its name.
From that time until the 19th Century, many people used coconuts as decorations and food. They believed it had miraculous healing powers. This is probably why they started to use it in desserts.
In the 1920s, the idea for a coconut cake was first presented. It was first served at ladies’ gatherings. People began to experiment with coconut and eventually came up with the coconut torte.
Make your own Coconut Torte Day! You can make your own delicious dessert recipe online.
You don’t have to be a baker if you don’t feel confident.
Use the hashtag #coconuttorteday to share this holiday with your friends and family.