Posts Tagged ‘August 2009 Challenge’

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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 Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

So, this month’s Daring Bakers challenge was quite an adventure.  As the header says, the hosts selected a dobos torte, which a) is something I’d never heard of before, and b) was yet another recipe from this Kaffeehaus book (as was the strudel I made a few months ago).

At first I was a little bummed that we were doing another recipe from the same book (variety, people!) but after reading through the recipe a few times, I realized that the techniques required were quite different and would be somewhat challenging.  I threw myself into this one wholeheartedly, all the while anticipating wonderful results.


Allioli… A New Form Of Kitchen Torture


As soon as I saw the recipe for this month’s Daring Cooks challenge, I knew I would have to make a few alterations, but I was ultimately intrigued.

The recipe that Olga selected was a rice dish with cuttlefish, mushrooms and artichokes by Jose Andres, an American chef who trained under Ferran Adria at El Bulli, one of the few culinary meccas I must visit some day.  With that in mind, I knew the dish would be robustly flavoured and hearty, so I set to work considering alternative ingredients.

Since the Everyman doesn’t eat seafood, and I am finding myself allergic to more of it every day, I first opted to switch out the cuttlefish for chicken and chorizo instead.  Next, I realized that even though we had half a dozen different specimens of rice in the house, none of them were the one I needed, so instead I chose to what I thought was most similar in properties, yet unique, a purple Thai rice.  Lastly, the Everyman eats neither artichokes nor mushrooms, so I had to omit those in favour of the last of our local asparagus and some corn.  I know that with all those substitutions you can hardly consider it the same dish, but I’d like to think that the spirit of the challenge stayed the same.