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A nut cake conquers Switzerland

Published on 5/13/2016 by
Engadiner Nusstorte

Caramelised nuts, fresh shortcrust pastry, happy smiles. The "Bündner Nusstorte" nut cake is a true Swiss classic. But would you have known that: without the Swiss Sample Fair, this sweet speciality from Graubünden might never have become so popular.

In the mountains of Graubünden, high up in the Engadin, people have been baking nut cakes for more than 100 years. The oldest known recipe dates from 1900. In 1934, confectioner Fausto Pult presented the nut cake to the public at large for the first time at the Swiss Sample Fair in Basel. This enabled the delicious cake to achieve its breakthrough on the Swiss market, with enthusiastic eaters all over the country. The nut cake has long been a feature of Graubünden in the same way as its famous ski resorts or castles.

And if you've worked up an appetite now: you will find a simple recipe for the nut cake (in German) here.

Photo: Alexander Klink, CC BY 3.0.

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