Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sacher Torte

             (click on postcard to enlarge)                  (postcard from 1970)

In 1832, at the Viennese court of Prince Metternich, a chef's apprentice was
assigned the task of creating a special dessert for some distinguished guests.
Franz Sacher, aged 16, came up with a rich chocolate cake containing a secret
ingredient:  apricot jam.  The dinner guests were delighted with this delicious
confection, and "Sacher Torte" became a Viennese tradition.  Sacher's descendants
founded the Hotel Sacher in 1876.  The hotel is in the heart of Vienna, next to the
Staatsoper, and still serves its famous Sacher Torte.

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