Happy Runeberg‘s Day!
I was looking through old recipes and to my surprise I have not shared this one before… Runeberg’s torte is a Finnish pastry named after the Finnish national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg. The original recipe of the Runeberg torte is believed to have been created by confectioner Lars Astenius in 1840 and it was published in the poet’s wife’s Fredrika Runeberg’s recipe book in the 1850.
Runeberg’s torte is traditionally a tall cylindrical pastry that is soaked in rum or cognac flavoured sugar syrup and topped with a dollop of raspberry jam or apple marmalade, lastly garnished with a ring of white or pink sugar icing. In home baking they are often baked in muffin tins. My latest take is baked in Silikomart Professional silicone mold in stone shape.
The pastry is super moist and the biscuit crumbs and almonds give it a nice crumbly texture. I used amaretto flavoured liquor instead of rum which adds to the overall taste of almond with a hint of complementing orange flavour that pairs nicely with refreshing unsweetened raspberry preserve, that I used on top.
It is a customary in Finland to fly the Finnish flag on the occasion of the national poet’s birthday, so I added little flags on these to celebrate from far. x