Dobos Torte

This recipe is one that I have been avoiding for years. Every time I was looking for a beautiful and impressive dessert to make for a special occasion, I would look through the cookbook, come across the Dobos Torte and immediately think to myself that it looked way too complicated, so I would pass on it and do something else, something that was in my comfort zone. Again, looking for an elegant dessert, ideally a cake, to make for our New Year’s Eve party at friends’ place, I stumbled upon this recipe.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream

    For New Year’s Eve I offered to bring a dessert for our hosts since they were taking care of everything else. I wanted to make a beautiful-looking cake that would be tasty as well, and this is the chocolate hazelnut* buttercream required for the recipe. This is a more involved buttercream that requires more steps than simply whipping eggs with sugar and butter, but I enjoyed making it and the flavour was delicious.

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Hazelnut Ricotta Cake

After all the baking I did during the holidays, not many of which related to recipes from Anna’s cookbook, I figured it was time to get back in the game. I thus made this lovely hazelnut and ricotta cake. It is one of the easiest desserts I have made so far, mostly because we can do everything in the food processor, which by itself is an amazing feat. The cake is simple yet lovely.

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Coconut Hazelnut Biscotti

Yield: about 3 dozen biscotti Recipe: 21/200 “Back to Baking”, pp. 40    Another new type of dessert to be tried: biscotti! I had not eaten many biscotti in my life, much less make them. I now know that biscotti are twice-baked and are meant to be dry. Having a bunch of hazelnuts on hand…

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