Frankies co-owner Frank Castronovo's wife, Heike, a talented home baker, created Prime Meats' outstanding jam tart with cocoa-flavored pastry. "If she entered it in a country fair in her hometown in Germany, she'd win a blue ribbon," says Frank Falcinelli. "But she has an unfair advantage, since her father is a professional baker in Freiburg, Germany." Beautiful Desserts More German Recipes

February 2010


Credit: © Simon Watson

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20 mins
1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375° and lightly spray a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom with vegetable cooking spray. In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts until finely ground. Add the 1 cup of flour and the sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and cloves and pulse to blend. Add the butter and egg yolk and pulse until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 or 3 times.

  • Press two-thirds of the dough into the tart pan in an even layer, pressing it into the corners. Spread the jam in the crust. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the remaining dough 1/4 inch thick. Using lightly floured small, decorative cookie cutters, stamp out as many shapes as possible and arrange them on the jam. Bake in the lower third of the oven for about 45 minutes, until the crust is deep brown and the jam is bubbling. Let cool, then serve.

Make Ahead

The torte can be kept at room temperature for up to 1 day.


Hazelnut flour, which is simply ground hazelnuts, is available at health food stores and from