A covered pie, a tourte can be sweet or savory. It’s not a stretch to call a b’stilla (page 222-24) a tourte, nor is it technically incorrect to dub the gâteau Basque (page 470-72) a tourte. The word tourteau, traditionally used to refer to a goat cheese cake (page 449-51), is a variation of tourte and shouldn’t be confused with the word tortue, the name for a turtle.

Dorie Greenspan