Esterházy torte – nut dacquoise layer cake

Esterhazy torte - daquoise layer cake

Esterházy cake is a dacquoise layer torte originating in Budapest in the late 1800s. It was created (as many famous/regional speciality cakes are) by a confectioner keen to impress one of the great houses of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire and one of its members in particular, Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha. Its longevity as… Continue reading Esterházy torte – nut dacquoise layer cake

Paris-Brest with passionfruit crème diplomate

Paris-Brest choux

This Paris-Brest choux is another Daring Bakers' challenge. I have made Paris-Brest before on a few occasions and to follow the original recipe is to produce one large ring-shaped choux filled, decorated simply with toasted, flaked almonds and filled with crème mousseline. It's typically large enough that it can be sliced to serve a number… Continue reading Paris-Brest with passionfruit crème diplomate

Chimney cake

Another Daring Bakers challenge - thanks to Swathi from Zesty South Indian Kitchen. Chimney cake (its anglicised name) or Kürtőskalács is a brioche/enriched dough treat from Hungary and Romania. It's name reflects the shape, caused by coiling dough round a wooden cylinder and baking the whole thing together. This cake is a legacy of medieval… Continue reading Chimney cake

Sachertorte

I've made Sachertorte before but found it to be a very adult-oriented cake, certainly one that my children wouldn't particularly enjoy. So, I set about making a sweeter, less bitter version. It still has all the essentials to be a Sachertorte-type cake with the melted chocolate in the mix, the Savoy-sponge method and the melted… Continue reading Sachertorte