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Dobos torta

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Dobos torta or Dobosh is a famous Hungarian cake named after its inventor, a well-known Hungarian confectioner, József C. Dobos in 1884. The cake is also often called 'Dobos-torta' or 'Dobostorta'.

It is a five-layer sponge cake, layered with chocolate butter-cream and topped with thin caramel slices. The sides of the cake are sometimes coated with ground hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts or almonds but the original cake is without coat, since it was a slice of a big cake. Dobos' aim was to make a cake that would last longer than other pastries, in an age when cooling techniques were limited. The caramel topping helps keep the cake from drying out.

Interesting facts about Dobos Torte is that it was first introduced at the National General Exhibition of Budapest in 1885; Franz Joseph I and his Empress Elisabeth were among the first to taste it. The cake soon became popular throughout Europe as it was different from all others. It was simple but elegant, as opposed to the multi-layer, flaming cakes of the age.

Its other secret was its use of fine butter-cream, which was very little known at the time; cake fillings and frostings were usually made with cooked pastry cream or whipped cream. The chocolate butter-cream and the batter of the cake were both invented by Jozsef C. Dobos.

Dobos travelled around Europe and introduced the cake wherever he went. For a long time he kept the exact recipe confidential, until 1906 when he retired and gave the original recipe to the Budapest Confectioners' and Gingerbread Makers' Chamber of Industry, providing that every member of the chamber can use it freely.

Dobos Torte is known everywhere in the world and there are more than one hundred recipe variations. It is a commonly made torte in the upscale hotels, restaurants and pastry shops of the world. Another famous Hungarian dessert created in the same era is Rigo Jancsi.


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References

Dobos torte, en.wikipedia.org

Dobos Torte, allrecipes.com

Hungary: Dobos torte / Dobostorta, www.europeancuisines.com