Tart vs. Torte

By Jaxson

  • Tart

    A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart; an example would be egg tarts. The categories of ‘tart’, ‘flan’, ‘quiche’, and ‘pie’ overlap, with no sharp distinctions.

  • Torte

    A torte or (from Italian torta) is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams, or fruits.

    Ordinarily, the cooled torte is glazed and garnished.

    Tortes are commonly baked in a springform pan. A torte may be made with bizcochuelo base or with little to no flour, but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, as well as sugar, eggs, and flavorings. It can be covered with meringue and almonds.

  • Tart (adjective)

    Sharp to the taste; acid; sour.

    “I ate a very tart apple.”

  • Tart (adjective)

    high or too high in acidity.

  • Tart (adjective)

    Sharp; keen; severe.

    “He gave me a very tart reply.”

  • Tart (noun)

    A type of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.

  • Tart (noun)

    A prostitute.

  • Tart (noun)

    By extension, any woman with loose sexual morals.

  • Tart (verb)

    To practice prostitution

  • Tart (verb)

    To practice promiscuous sex

  • Tart (verb)

    To dress garishly, ostentatiously, whorishly, or sluttily

  • Torte (noun)

    A rich, dense cake, typically made with many eggs and relatively little flour (as opposed to a sponge cake or g√Ęteau).


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