For sure I have angered the Deutsche Backen Ordnung (German Baking Order) Gods and there will be thunder and lightning in these parts soon. My oven will be struck first.
Because I now have the solution recipe for all leftover baking bits and pieces hanging out in the nether reaches of drawers, kitchen cabinets and those dark "don't go there" recesses of pantries everywhere. All those unused tidbits from other baking projects. You know the ones you didn't have enough of to use in a whole recipe but could not bear to throw out? Mine were seriously taking over. Something had to be done even if it risked angering the local Gods.
All the half jars of jams, jellies, marmalades, the bits of various ground nuts, brickel, candies, coconut, dried fruits and chocolate. All of them GONE in one recipe.
My almost empties gathered up included apricot marmalade, blackberry and black current jellies, my MIL's rhubarb-red currant- strawberry concoction, Nutella, Peanut butter, brittle, chocolate sprinkles and misc. ground nuts. All of it went into this torte and my newly reduced pantry, cabinets and drawers all heaved sighs of relief.
The fun part is once you have gathered up everything. Lay it all out and take a minute to think about getting creative with your combos.
Pistachio blackberry? Oh yessery. Apricot Brickel? Be Fickle. Raisin Peanut Butter? Makes less clutter. Macadamia Nutella? Que Bella!
Once baked, the sections can be pulled off one a a time, so each is an individual treat.
This torte is so versatile. Different flavors can be added to the dough itself and the rolls can be made much larger for a less labor intensive recipe.
The dough is buttery and chewy but not too sweet. The fillings I used provided the perfect balance of sweetness and flavor. A great cake to have with afternoon tea or coffee or as a sweet breakfast/brunch treat.
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For the recipe hope on over to my German Food Page at about.com