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Daring Bakers August 2009|Dobos Torta

Dobos-01The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

Goodness – it’s time for Daring Bakers again!


This month we have the world-famous Dobos Torta, brought to us by the sweet Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and luscious Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. This particular version of the torta is based on Rick Rodger’s recipe out of his book Kaffeehaus:Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

Daring Bakers July 2009|Mallow(mar)s and Milan(o)s


First, a few words for the bots!

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

Now, on to our story…

Daring Bakers June 2009|Bakewell (just in the nick of time) Tart

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~This is the twenty-third post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh – how did it get to be June 27th already???

Well, just eeking in at the 11th hour, here is my Bakewell Tart for the Daring Bakers June 2009 challenge!

Daring Bakers May 2009|Strudel


Short and sweet this month as this ninja is on the road again.  Finishing up one last stint of work even further south in the southland and then, home…for now!

The official word:

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

I’ve never made strudel before.  Pressed for honesty, I’d admit that I didn’t actually know what strudel was before this challenge.  I’d heard the word, but “strudel” evoked images of squiggly icing on top of some cinnamon-y pastry, rather than the flaky fruit-filled treat it is.

Daring Bakers April 2009|Say Cheesecake!


It’s Daring Bakers time again. And look at me – I’m actually participating this month! I’ve had a two month hiatus (which makes me oh-so-sad because the February and March challenges looked fantastic), so in spite of even more out of town work looming in the next couple of days, I managed to get it together to play this month. The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. Here’s what the ninjas did with it…

Daring Bakers January 2009|Tuiles

Ooooooh…it’s spelled TUILES. Well. Ok then. Here we go…

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Dayand Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

I love this recipe.  The husband loves this recipe.  If we had a dog, the dog would love this recipe.  I don’t know what else to say.  You take a few things that are in the fridge and cupboard, mix them together, bake them up, smoosh a bit, and end up with this.

Daring Bakers December 2008|Two for Two

This month’s challenge is brought to us by the adventurous Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry and Marion from Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux.  They have chosen a French Yule Log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand…

Which I did not make.  Because I’m lame.  Not lame as in “I have a bad leg” (which would have been a respectable excuse) but lame as in “somehow I didn’t get it together to make this amazing dessert, even though it would have been perfect for New Year.”  And I missed last month too.  And it’s French.  That doesn’t really have anything to do with anything, but I love French stuff.  You’d think I would have gotten it together.

Daring Bakers Challenge November 2008|Sitting this one out

It’s Daring Bakers time again!  And this month…I’m sitting the challenge out.  It was bound to happen some time, and turns out, November 2008 is the time.  I am planning on participating next month, but November was not to be…

Not wanting to disappoint, please check out these other amazing blogs for beautiful incarnations of the Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting from Shuna Fish Lydon as published on Bay Area Bites.  And thanks to our ever-resourceful and brave-baking hosts Delores from Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity, Alex from Blondie and Brownie, Jenny of Foray into Food and the amazing Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go baking up all those alterna-darers for this challenge.  Right there you’ve got five amazing bloggers to check out, even without my list…what are you waiting for?  Go check them out!  I’ll wait.

Happy Birthday Daring Bakers!|Homemade Pretzels

The Daring Bakers, that illustrious and intrepid group of folks world-’round that takes on a monthly challenge de four and posts the results together on the same day is two years old this month.  In honor of this great group (which happens to be the reason I started blogging), I spent part of this afternoon making the very first challenge, homemade pretzels.  Ah, who am I kidding?  The husband wanted them.  But happily his craving for East Coast street food coincides with the anniversary of that great day that Ivonne and Lis started baking together in public…

Daring Bakers Challenge October 2008

Did someone say “pizza”…again?

I love pizza.  Who doesn’t?  Weird kids maybe.  Anyway, I love it because it’s really tasty and easy to make and cheap.  In fact, I love it so much that I already posted about it and not too long ago.  Which might make you think “well, I can skip this post” but you’d miss out because our illustrious host Rosa from Rosa’s Yummy Yums* gave us a dough recipe far superior to the one I posted previously.  And as we were required to make two pizzas for this challenge, the creativity of limitation pressed me to find possibly the cheapest ingredient ever to top a pizza.  Curious?  Read on…