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Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

chocolate dobos torta

The 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 Caffes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
The torte is a five layer sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with wedges of caramel. It’s also one of the most amazing things I have ever baked. We devoured this cake in two days (luckily I only made a mini cake, because I’m sure we would have eaten a full size one just as quickly!) and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. [….]

Lobster Mac and Cheese

lobster mac and cheese

There have been a lot of really good deals on lobster this summer – because of the economy people haven’t been eating as much of it as normal, and since they’ve already been caught, prices are way down. A co-worker of mine just got back from a trip to New Hampshire and he said they were practically giving the stuff away. It’s actually pretty interesting. Even at rock bottom prices though, lobster is still a little on the pricey side for me to feast on. Which is why this mac and cheese is great – its full of lobster goodness, but one medium lobster will feed about four people. You really can’t beat that! [….]

Meat-Free Friday: Sweet Banana Curry Shrimp

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The ingredients for this months Royal Foodie Joust were banana, honey, and turmeric. Interesting combination! I knew that I wanted to make something savory, and I immediately thought of going Caribbean with my dish.

This came out really well – I liked the way the the flavors played off of each other and carried through the dish: honey glazed cornbread, a banana-curry sauce on the shrimp, and fried bananas glazed with honey and a sprinkle of turmeric. [….]

Braised Lamb Tostadas on Manchego Cheese Shells

lamb tostadaEver since I had the lamb tacos at The Gingerman, I’ve wanted to try to make something similar at home. I love the way that the flavors play off each other – the sweetness of the mango and the creaminess of the avocado balance out the intense saltiness of the shell. The lamb also pairs well with both flavors. For something that seems so complicated, the recipe actually very straighforward and doesn’t take require a lot of active cooking time. Since braising the lamb will tenderize it, you can get away with using a tough cut which also keeps this dish affordable. [….]

Homemade Baguettes (+ the World's Best Hot Dog)

When I went to France I ate a lot of wonderful food. But what I remember enjoying the most was the simple street food that I would pick up from a cart or a sidewalk cafe. In particular, I loved the hot dogs, which were serves with spicy dijon mustard inside a baguette. They were the best hot dogs that I’ve ever had, and even though it s been a few years, I still cave them from time to time. To celebrate Bastille Day I decided to try to recreate them at home. With homemade baguettes and hot dogs from a local butcher, these were every bit as good as the ones I had in France. [….]