Kaese Sahne Torte
It was a few years back when I last spent some time in Vienna with my family. The week was full of concerts, operettas and plays…….it was the Musik Woche in Vienna……..
A childhood friend had telephoned to meet him and his family in the Wiener Wald Kaffee for an afternoon of reminiscing and catching up.
It was a time of nostalgia – as we remembered our youth and at the same time we exchanged our happy times that we spent with our spouses and children…..life had gone on…..to be better and more fulfilling.
We did all that over coffee and pastry…….the kind of pastry that one can only find in Vienna.
When the pastry cart arrived my eyes simply overflowed with delight and my heart beat a little faster. I simply could not make a choice from the selection that I saw in front of me. I really wanted a bite of every one of the most beautiful pastries I had ever seen. My friend suggested the Sahne Torte. It was a huge slice and I knew I could never finish it – even with the help of the cup of coffee.
The first bite was heaven! I closed my eyes, and just sat with my mouth full of this most delicious cream that melted in my mouth…slowly, making me taste every drop of whipped cream, smooth cheese, vibrant vanilla, lemony lemon juice and, every crystal of sugar. It took me a while to swallow all this goodness. As I relished this most profound experience, I found myself taking one bite after another and soon finished the huge slice that I thought was too much and too huge…. before I had the first bite.
I was totally in love with this pastry!
Next morning I spent several hours on the Ring Strasse visiting every book store that was there, in search of a cookbook that contained the recipe of this most incredible dessert. By the time I found a pastry cookbook that had the description and ingredients listed for a Kaese Sahne Torte……my hands were shaking and I hardly could pay for my treasure.
Every evening on our trip I was studying this beautiful cookbook and could not wait to get home to start translating it from German into English. But, not only the language had to be translated but also the measurements of the ingredients. It took me many trials……but, now I have this most incredible pastry recipe in my files…..executed in an American kitchen.
My husband and son claim the Sahne Torte to be their most favorite pasty of all the other recipes that I have translated from Austrian cookbooks.
And I hope I will surprise my husband with it tomorrow on…..Father’s Day!