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.
Can I just say how much I've been enjoying these Daring Bakers and Daring Cooks challenges? I joined the groups to push my limits and learn, learn, learn... and I definitely have. This layered chocolate hazelnut caramel torte was a series of firsts for me and definitely not something I would have made on my own. I brought it to a party with lots to celebrate: our friend Jon's birthday and our friend Peter's Ph.D.-receiving! Despite its rustic (my new favorite euphemism to describe my chaotic-looking baked creations) appearance, it actually tasted phenomenal and quite worthy of the momentous celebration.
For the recipe, please visit Angela and Lorraine's lovely blogs, and, as always, visit the blogroll to see how my fellow Daring Bakers fared this month. Oh, and if you're a beginner like me, block out at least 4 hours of your day and save up up all of your baking and emotional energy to use for the afternoon. This one's quite a roller coaster, but 100% worth the thrill!