Empire or Belgium biscuits are the rather patriotic names for a sandwich of two shortbread biscuits stuck together with ( raspberry ) jam and topped with icing and a cherry or a jelly tot sweet.
A Linzer Torte or Linzertorte is a tart made using a rich buttery sable pastry. It is made at Christmas across Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and across the USA.
An egg wash is usually a mix of beaten egg, egg and milk or egg and water brushed onto baked goods.
Puff pastry can be used to make many different savoury hors d'oeuvre or bite sized appetisers. The most famous of these being little-stuffed Vol-au-vent cases topped with a little lid or delicate Crolines, small lattice topped parcels. My recipe today is how to make the third, great little tartlet case that can also be made slightly larger and used as a savoury starter, light lunch or filled with whipped cream and fruit as a simple, elegant dessert.