Thursday, November 13, 2014
One of my most favorite ways to spend time is cooking along side a friend, especially in fancy-dancy kitchens. Yesterday I got such a chance and pounced (maybe even inviting myself over), to bake with a friend who is an amazing baker. Not only does she consistently wow us all with her delicious confections, she is fearless about tackling new and seemingly complicated recipes. A while back I had posted this torte recipe from Smitten Kitchen but have been totally intimidated to try the whole meringue thing, but not this friend. She jumped on it and has made the torte several times all the while raving about it and extolling its amazingness. Earlier in the week she mentioned that she was planning on making said dessert for an upcoming school event and I jumped right in and invited myself over to watch and learn from this master baker. She upped the anti on me, informing me that I would not simply watch and learn but I'd bake right along side her and make one for myself. So I packed up my eggs, cream, chocolate, vanilla, sugar and hazelnuts and headed for her lovely kitchen. We baked, she instructed, we chatted and had a generally great time. It was a great way to spend a particularly cold Northwest afternoon, thank you very much. What I most love about this dessert is; that it is naturally gluten free so no experimenting with flour mixtures, it combines two of my most favorite flavors (chocolate and hazelnut), and it is a show stopper. If you are looking for a dessert to wow a crowd yet is really fairly quick and simple to pull off, this will be your new BFF. I hope you will not be like me and let intimidation get in the way, do yourself a favor and head to the kitchen this weekend to make this delicious treat.