National Pecan Torte Day
Pecan Torte is also known as Pecan Pie and Pecan Cakes. They are all extremely common in the Deep South of the USA. They are delicious with rich, creamy heavy cream.
What is the difference between a cake and a torte? Tortes are always denser and creamier, and they are delicious. To take advantage of rich cream toppings such as the one above, they are often multilayered. Why are they denser? Tortes are usually prepared without baking soda or baking powder, which is what causes them to rise. They are lightened by whipping egg whites, which give them structure and airiness.
Pecan torttes are very common in the south region of the USA, in part because pecans is the state tree in Texas, also known as the “lone-star” state. As with most things southern, the people of this region are proud of their traditional foods and hold it up as another example of an American institution. It’s kind of like apple pie or fireworks on the Fourth of July. National Pecan Torte Day offers a chance to expand your palate and experience Pecan Torte.
Make your own National Pecan Torte Day celebration! This is a simple and quick recipe.
12 egg yolks 12 eggs whites 2c sugar 2 1/2c pecans, ground 1/2t unseasoned breadcrumbs 1/2t extract of vanilla
Begin by mixing the sugar and egg yolks until they turn a golden yellow. Next, mix the bread crumbs and ground pecans together and then add them to the yolk mixture along with vanilla. Blend the egg whites in a separate bowl until they form stiff peaks. Fold them into the mixture. Once the mixture is ready, divide it into three baking pans.
Bake the cakes at 350F for 20-30 mins. Check them afterward to ensure they are done baking. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve with your favorite frosting.