Runeberg torte

Runeberg torte
Fazer's Runeberg torte
Type Pastry
Place of origin Finland
Created by Fredrika Runeberg
Main ingredients Flour, bread crumbs, Almond meal, rum or arrack, raspberry jam, sugar
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Runeberg torte (Finnish: Runebergintorttu; Swedish: Runebergstårta) is a Finnish pastry flavored with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the torte.

The torte got its name from the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877) who, according to legend, enjoyed the torte with punsch for every breakfast. Runeberg tortes are typically eaten only in Finland and are generally available in stores from the beginning of January to Runeberg's birthday on February 5.


Popular legend says that Runeberg's wife, Fredrika Runeberg, created the dessert. Her recipe book from the 1850s has the torte recipe, which is believed to be a variation of an earlier recipe by confectioner Lars Astenius from Porvoo.


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