Passover Linzer Torte

I learned this recipe from my friend’s mother almost forty years ago and it has become the icon for Passover desserts in my house. Many of my students say they make this all year round long after the boxes of cake meal have been removed from the supermarket shelves. This cake is VERY delicate so I suggest you keep it on the removable pan bottom after cooling and just place all on a serving dish for presentation.


  • 1/2 cup cake meal
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 cup parve margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unpeeled grated almonds or filberts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs separated
  • Raspberry jam

  1. Combine the cake meal and the potato starch in a processor workbowl. With the cutting blade cut in the margarine.
  2. Add the sugar, almonds, cinnamon and egg yolks and mix until smooth and well blended·
  3. Take 2/3 of the dough and press over the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of an ungreased 9 inch springform pan.
  4. Spread with 1/2 cup or more of raspberry jam.
  5. Gently squeeze egg sized balls of remaining dough between your fingertips to make ropes for the lattice top. As you squeeze the rope place it on the top of the jam to simulate a weaving. This dough can not easily be handled, but don’t worry because the ropes don’t have to be perfect because they become smooth during baking.
  6. Fasten the dough to the rim of dough and smooth it out pressing lightly.
  7. Beat egg whites slightly and brush over the top of the lattice.
  8. Place the springform pan on a cookie sheet with very low sides and bake at 325F for1 hour and 15 minutes.
  9. Partly cool before removing the rim of the pan. Do not attempt to remove the base of the pan. Serve the cake from the base.
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  2. This looks fabulous … will have to try it next year (or maybe next week)! Have only made the Linzertorte from Arthur Schwartz’s “Cooking in a Small Kitchen” … I used to take it to parties, until one host saved it for himself and I never got my torte pan back.

  3. Made this for 2nd night Sedar and received kudos from family and friends who are bakers and cooks! Recipe was easy and totally reflected Tina’s instructions. I’m planning to make and freeze 1-2 for future use. Thank you, Tina.

  4. You are very welcome! My family just took the leftover torte back to LA so guess I will have to make another one! glad your family enjoyed your efforts.

  5. 1 cup unpeeled grated almonds… is this the same as almond flour as you would get in Trader Joe?

    If not… how do you grate almonds?? food processor?

  6. Anita,
    A little late, but I wanted to answer you. Yes it is the same. I have been teaching and making this recipe longer than almond flour was available in the markets so I needed to give an alternative. The processor works well if you use a small amount at a time (1 cup) and pulse the almonds so that you don’t wind up with almond butter at the bottom of the bowl. I hope this helps. Tina

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