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Hungarian torte eye-popping work of art PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:29
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Scott Kisabeth. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Scott Kisabeth has, in his baking repertoire, a showcase dessert called Dobos Torte that almost never sees the light of day.
His wife, Denise, wondered aloud: "When's the last time you made one of these?" as he labored to create the multi-layer architectural masterpiece for this week's Cook's Corner.
"It's been quite awhile," Kisabeth admitted. Actually, he can't even remember the last time.
But the rareness of its appearance is in keeping with family tradition.
Dobos Torte, also known as a drum torte because the finished confection looks much like a drum, is a rich Hungarian sponge cake normally consisting of seven layers filled with chocolate butter cream and laced with a caramel topping. It was named for Hungarian pastry chef Jozsef Dobos in 1884.
"My mother was Hungarian and she made it with 11 layers instead of 7.  
"She made it only on very special occasions," Kisabeth recalls.  "Big birthdays," which he defines as 30 or 50, and not even on Easter. "She didn't make them very often, and they were pretty impressive."
As birthday cake, no candles were needed. Adding them would have been like gilding the lily, and besides, "you can't put candles in it because of the caramel top."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:35
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