One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural tortes, Plural torten
A sweet cake or tart.
- ‘Coffee houses - with the most glorious cream cakes and chocolate tortes in their windows - are everywhere.’
- ‘Mouton calypso is a spicy torte of curried lamb that is very nicely complemented by a sweet pool of coconut crème fraîche.’
- ‘Another neighbor at the potluck had bagged it while the rest of us were finishing a chocolate hazelnut torte.’
- ‘All over Germany there are Konditorei famous for their torte and kuchen, fruit tarts and pastries.’
- ‘For dessert we shared the warm chocolate and hazelnut torte with Marsala sabayon and coffee caramel.’
- ‘Roasted red leg partridge with a game torte, parsnip galette and truffle Madeira jus.’
- ‘For dessert there is a wide selection of cakes and tarts such as white and dark chocolate tortes, berry tarts and pecan pie.’
- ‘Back at the table, our desserts arrived. We had ordered blackberry consommé with a pear sorbet and warm dark chocolate torte with fresh mint ice cream.’
- ‘While I can refuse the warm dark chocolate torte with white chocolate sorbet and the pink grapefruit, orange and mango terrine I am powerless to resist the home-made cookies and ice-cream.’
- ‘Favorite desserts include tortes (frosted, multilayered cakes) and kolác (rolls with nut or poppy seed filling).’
- ‘We surveyed fancy chocolate cakes glazed and sculpted with dark bittersweet shards of chocolate, and seasonal tortes which featured crisp disks of almond meringue with plump, perfect raspberries.’
- ‘Guess what classic, towering German torten I brought for dessert, attempting to navigate through the crowded buses and hectic sidewalks of Paris?’
- ‘And then you all wait - and watch the clock - and watch the 4-top as they ever so slowly pick at the chocolate torte and sip coffee.’
- ‘I've made a pie, a cake, a torte, and even a casserole, but it has to be said I've never made a flan.’
- ‘Desserts offered were a chocolate torte, fresh fruit salad (great, not too many apple slices) and a hot concoction of a light sponge topped with apple and blackberries that had a crunchy crumble thin layer on top.’
- ‘Some Linzer tortes had also appeared courtesy of our Tennessee contingent.’
- ‘Even from there, the odor was pervasive, competing quite successfully against the warm aroma of cinnamon from the plum torte in the oven.’
- ‘For those averse to fruitcakes and all that goes into them, there are traditional feather-light sponge cakes in exotic flavours such as the strawberry torte and the egg-less lychee gateaux.’
- ‘We decided on afternoon coffee and chanced upon L' Oeuferie which not only had stunning bottomless coffee, but a cake display of particular note - extraordinary apple cakes and blitz tortes.’
- ‘When ready to bake, heat the oven to 180C, Gas 4 and bake the torte for about 25 minutes until risen and golden brown.’
From German Torte, via Italian from late Latin torta ‘round loaf, cake’. Compare with tortilla.
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