making Vínarterta - Icelandic layer cake

Cautionary Notes about the Filling

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Cake layers are flavoured with almond extract and cardamom and held together with a prune filling flavoured with vanilla and cinnamon.

Vínarterta - November 2007

Extra care must be taken when making the filling. The recipe is filled with cautionary notes: stir constantly; don't forget the vanilla; cut each prune to check for pits. This year, we added quartered....

Vínarterta recipe - November 2007

This year, even though each prune had been cut in half, we still heard that unmistakable rattle of pit when we began to puree the prunes. And so began of the painstaking search for stray prune pit(s).

Vínarterta prune filling - November 2007

The only sure way to search for stray prune pit(s) is by hand. Alas, finding a pit doesn't necessarily mean that there aren't more shards.

Vínarterta prune filling - November 2007
Vínarterta prune filling - November 2007Vínarterta prune filling - November 2007

It is not a good idea to use one's toe to search.

Vínarterta prune filling - November 2007

In the end, we located one pit and a few shards.

prune pit - November 2007

Sadly, the prune pit(s) search was not the end of our problems. I don't know why but we seem to have difficulty remembering to add the vanilla. I'm afraid this is not the first time that we've had to scrape filling off of the cake, put it back into the pot and add the vanilla!!

prune pit - November 2007prune pit - November 2007
prune pit - November 2007

With the help of the timer, we managed not to burn any of the layers. And at last the Vínarterta is ready for wrapping and storing. Please don't tell anyone that the bottom layer doesn't have any vanilla in it.

Vínarterta - November 2007

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