This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is the Poppy Seed Torte which is located on pages 258-260 in Baking With Julia. The contributing baker for the recipe is Markus Farbinger. I actually went online and watched the PBS episode of Julia and Markus making this recipe and it was very helpful.
The recipe was actually pretty simple to make, it just required a few extra steps: grinding poppy seeds, cake crumbs, and peeling and poaching apricots. I figured I would not have any problems with the recipe. Little did I know that my apricots refused to have themselves peeling. I boiled them for the 10 seconds, a little bit longer, and A LOT longer and still it was hit or miss. Some would only peel halfway and most would not peel at all. Because some of the apricots cooked longer than they were suppose to I ended up just soaking them in the Ginger-Vanilla Syrup instead of cooking them longer.
After the apricot peeling fiasco, everything went very smoothly. The final product of the torte looked just like the picture. The final test was the taste and it was actually very good. It had a slight lemony flavor from the juice/zest and I also used a left over lemon cake for the crumbs.