“Slices” & Other Individual Desserts

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Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague


By Rick Rodgers

Published 2002

As far as Austro-Hungarian bakers are concerned, when a pastry is baked free-form, served free-standing, or not cut from a Torte or Kuchen, it belongs to yet another dessert category.

Slices, or Schnitten, could be thought of as rectangular Torten, cut into slabs. While they are often only slightly less intricate than their fancy relations, they can feature more straightforward, less sophisticated flavor combinations, such as bananas and chocolate.

Stückdessert, literally “Piece Dessert,” are individually formed pastries, often created from puff pastry or Viennese sweet yeast dough . It can be argued that some sweet yeast breads, such as Kip-ferln, belong in this category, but there are always gray zones and over laps in the subject of Austro-Hungarian dessert categorization.

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