Guess Those Pastries — Couple More Easy Ones

Post by blogger | January 30, 2009      

It’s Friday, time to carbo up for a weekend of human powered vert. My destiny with pastries this year seems to be one of basics — kind of “Lou’s pastry land revisited” or something to that effect. Perhaps that’s because I didn’t explore any Viennese coffee houses in Austria. But hey, why worry? After you’ve hit some good vertical there is nothing like pounding down major sucrose in varous forms. Thus, who’s first to name those below (as seen in an Austrian gasthaus, slice to right should be an easy call, both are torts of course)?

Austrian mountain pastries.

Austrian mountain pastries.

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These goods were obtained at Gasthaus Wegscheid, at the base of the touring trails when we skied the Steinbergstein. It's amazing how these restaurants are located at almost every trailhead. On top of that, for some economic reasons that mystify me, the food is reasonably priced considering the location. More, the unassuming exterior usually hides quite a nice layout and interior finish. And the people. Sometimes the place is quite, other times filled with raucous Austrians, Germans, and more. You sit down, next thing you find out the guy next to you has solo climbed a couple of 8,000 meter peaks. Makes for interesting conversation.



11 Responses to “Guess Those Pastries — Couple More Easy Ones”

  1. Lou January 30th, 2009 1:44 pm

    Hmmm, no takers? You WildSnowers must be a skinny bunch of skiers!

  2. Mark January 30th, 2009 10:28 pm

    Apricot torte? And walnut torte? (My wife gets any credit).

  3. nitsuj January 30th, 2009 11:00 pm

    No clue, but they both look damn tasty

  4. Tony January 31st, 2009 7:39 am


  5. KDog January 31st, 2009 9:19 am

    Linzertorte (on right) and Topfenkuchen? (cheese coffee cake). Maybe with some peach or apricot in it. Looks good!

  6. brian January 31st, 2009 9:33 am

    Can’t believe I’m playing this but I thought I would take a stab at the one on the right.

    It does not look quite the way I’ve had it but with the dense, possibly almond cake and a raspberrry filling, well, it’s got to be a Linzer Torte.

  7. GeorgeT January 31st, 2009 6:02 pm

    Fruit cream cheese cake & boysenberry torte. How about a few bier pics?

  8. Sean February 1st, 2009 10:09 am

    I have no idea what either would be called. But they both look tasty. Especially after a day of skinning and skiing… I’d probably want to eat both in one sitting.

  9. Lou February 1st, 2009 10:43 am

    Both in one sitting is the key, along with a beer.

    Glad you guys had fun giving your take.

    Pastry on left is a Joghurt (yogurt) Torte with pockets of marmalade, one on right is indeed a Linzer. I’m pretty sure the yogurt used for filling was about 1/2 sugar, so I would’t exactly call it health food, though I did feel pretty healthy after scarfing it (grin)!

  10. Johann February 3rd, 2009 8:12 am

    left pic: Topfentorte, right pic: Linzerschnitte

    Hugs, Johann

  11. Richard February 5th, 2009 8:15 am

    I spent a night in Livigno in the early 90’s. Stayed at the Hotel Posta. Very nice option if you’re ever back in town. It’s run by Luigi Martinelli who is a local tele guru. Until that one lane tunnel was built in the early ’60’s Livigno was snowbound for the Winter. Livigno’s a duty free haven so a lot of Italian folks come up from the cities to shop and get cheap gas. If you go past Bormio to Santa Catarina, you can access the Ortler Group. Great huts, lots of skiable summits and amazing scenery.

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