Daring Bakers’ hit again

Daring Baker's challenge for August

I don’t know why (well I do actually) but the DB challenges makes me feel slightly inadequate, there are so many professional or semi-professional or just plain talented bakers in the DB group that I feel very small and clumsy when I’m dabbling with the month’s chosen recipe challenge. I suppose it’s good for me to realize that there are so much out there to learn, it is an exercise in humbleness that I think I need to go through once a month to realize my in place in the universe. But most of all I’m a member of the DB’s because I like baking, I like the people who are DBers and I like to try out new recipes. So I go through the process month after month and I have so far baked cakes and bread that I probably never would have dared to do on my own. This month two really talented bakers, Veronica of Veronica’s Test Kitchen and Patricia of Technicolour Kitchen, choose the recipe and we are all making Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tarts. You can find the recipe on Ver’s and Patricia’s blogs.

Daring Baker's challenge for August

I have to confess that 1. I finished the cake today, procrastinating as usual and 2. I have had to substitute one ingredient. I actually have a feeling that this cake is damned, every time I was going to make it I realized that something was missing and when I forgot to buy milk chocolate yesterday (the first time I went shopping for it I couldn’t find it because many shops don’t sell chocolate during the hotter month’s here) while remembering all the rest of the missing ingredients I decided to substitute it with Nutella because I just don’t have the time to drive to Pistoia to get that right now. So rip my DB badge off my chest, I know I have broken the rules…

Daring Baker's challenge for August

Where was I, the cake, I have seen the posts on the DB blog and I have been swapping loads of emails with Tanna and Karen about the cake so I knew that the tart crust had a horrible consistency. At first I thought that everyone was wrong and I was right because my dough was perfect but then I saw the two eggs that I had forgotten to add and I immediately fell down on earth because by adding them I ended up with a icky sticky ball. I went to bed.
This morning I have gone through various stages of desperation, all the time feeling like I was walking on a quagmire but I made it. (I have to confess that I was a bit distracted as I decided to join Facebook while I was baking (how stupid can I get??)) It’s quite ugly compared to certain beauties that I have already seen, yes I know that I always say that but it is a fact, some people make more beautiful cakes than others and I belong to the Others, I don’t mind, my talents lie elsewhere (at least I hope so) and I enjoy seeing perfection that I myself can’t reach. I suggest you to take a look for yourselves what all these
Daring Bakers‘ are capable of making and doing by going through the DB blog roll! How the cake tastes? It’s a very nice cake but I find the amount of different flavours a bit too many for my personal taste: cinnamon, hazelnuts, chocolate and caramel feels as if there’s one too many, I like cleaner flavours. But maybe it’s the fault of the Nutella…

Daring Baker's challenge for August

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