3 notes ()
A while ago in my post I told you about a Monday morning when I woke up as usual, followed my morning routines, and then realized I’m having a free day from work!
While I went back to bed me and S talked about the day that was starting, and he draw me a riddle. I’m not sure how this is called in English, but in Finnish as well as in Portuguese that particular word riddle is called “gallows”. Sounds brutal, yes, but the idea is to give the other person the amount of letters there are in the words, and she has to guess what those words are by asking, one at the time, if the words contain certain letters. If they do, the riddler adds the letter into the words. If they don’t, the riddler draws one piece of a gallows next to the words. The aim is for the player to guess the words before the gallows is ready and she is “hanged”.
You have this game too? I’m curious! At least it was known is Finland as well as in Brazil, even with the same name, so I guess it’s rather universal.
Anyway, my words in the game were _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _. And for some reason (maybe I was too tired) I didn’t get it right! The words were of course “chocolate cake”, which S wanted me to bake as for once I had time.
He spent his evening in a Finnish course (which by the way now ended and he did so well in the exam!) and I spent mine baking not a cake but a chocolate tart. I found two recipes, that I put together. The originals can be found here and here.
The Gourmet.com recipe for the filling says it should be chilled in a fridge for hours before serving, but we couldn’t wait and ate (+ photographed) it immediately when it was cooled.
Just a word of warning before I give you the recipe. Bake this tart to share it with a bunch of people. Otherwise you will eat it all by yourself.
Sinful Chocolate Truffle Tart
For the chocolate pastry:
5 dl all-purpose flour
1,5 dl cocoa powder
2 dl minus 2 tablespoons caster sugar
160 g butter, diced
(pinch of salt if you used unsalted butter)
For the chocolate truffle filling:
300g good-quality bitter-sweet chocolate, chopped
100g unsalted butter, diced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
100 ml heavy cream
0,5 dl caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Prepare the pastry.
Place flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and butter in a bowl of food processor and process until fine as breadcrumbs. Add eggs and process until it holds together.
Turn onto a lightly floured board and gently knead until smooth. Shape into a thick disc and cover with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to rest.
Line a bottom of a springform pan with baking paper. Lightly rub the sides with butter. I suggest you use a springform pan with removable sides because this tart is easier and prettier to serve like that. I used a 22 cm diameter pan.
Roll out pastry on a floured surface into about 5mm thickness. Place it in the pan so that the sides rise about 4cm.
Let it rest in the fridge while you preheat your oven to 175 C°.
Line pastry with baking paper, fill with beans or pie weights and bake for 10 minutes. Take it out, remove beans, and bake again for more 5 minutes or until firm. Set aside and let cool.
Prepare the filling.
Melt chocolate and butter in a bain marie over a saucepan filled 1/3 with water, over medium heat. Constantly stir until smooth, then remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
Whisk together eggs, cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk chocolate mixture into egg mixture until combined well.
Pour filling into cooled crust and rap pan once on counter to eliminate any air bubbles. Bake until filling 1 inch from edge is set and slightly puffed but center trembles slightly when pan is gently shaken, 20 to 25 minutes. (Center will continue to set as it cools.)
Cool tart completely in the pan, about 2 hours. Chill, uncovered, until center is firm, at least 4 hours. Remove sides of the pan and sprinkle with cocoa to serve.
I have to admit, I am such a fan of sweets! I mean, not like ordinary sweets fans, but like… a chocoholic. Yes, that tells it all. Chocolate is one of my biggest weaknesses. I like it in so many forms, but my favorites are definitely the darker bitter ones, the ones that contain more than 70 % of cacao. I also love to bake things with chocolate. I have collected a massive source of chocolate cake recipes, and I am constantly on a quest to find the best chocolate cake in the world. So in case you have found one, please share your secret with me! So far I have tried several but none of them has exactly fulfilled me. My dream cake would be a mud cake like, very fudgy from the middle, but very dense at the same time. With deep flavor of chocolate. The closest I’ve gotten so far was with a Brazilian recipe that I found after eating one of the most divine pieces of chocolate cake at Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport a year back. That recipe I will also share with you as soon as I get to bake it again. Last time the cake disappeared so fast that I could not even take pics, haha!
As you see, when I get to talk about chocolate I never stop unless stopped. The aim of this post was not to talk about chocolate but something almost as divine. One week ago I got dinner guests when a friend couple was visiting. The theme of the food was Korean, but as I never really liked to have my desserts very light (like often in Asian cuisine they are) I decided to do something outside the theme. As my adventures with chocolate are well known for people that would have been a rather boring choice. So I ended up doing a Banoffee pie. A sweet, soft, creamy, delicious banoffee pie, that makes me drool even when thinking about it.
When you’re fixing a bit more challenging dinner a Banoffee pie is a perfect dessert as it requires very little work. Also my recipe for it couldn’t be more simple, here it comes!
Oh So Divine Banoffee Pie
300g assorted biscuits of your choice (I used some chocolate drop cookies with some non-frosted cupcakes I had forgotten in our freezer some time ago)
100g unsalted butter, melted
1 can (397g) condensed milk caramel, or one of just condensed milk
2-3 bananas, sliced (the not too ripe ones are the best for this)
200ml heavy whipping cream
100g dark chocolate
If you are using condensed milk and not ready caramel, start with the condensed milk. If you already have the caramel ready, skip this part. Bring water to boil in a preferably big saucepan. Remove the labels from your tin can of condensed milk and place the can as it is (do not open it) into the boiling water. Let simmer for about 3 to 3,5 hours, adding water into the pan if necessary. The can should stay under the water at all times, so more water might be needed.
Carefully remove the can from the water after the time is due and let cool in a cold water.
Line the bottom of an approx. 22cm springform pan with baking paper.
Prepare the biscuit base. Crush the bisquits in a large bowl until they’re small crumbs. You can use a potato masher, a steak hammer, a wine bottle or anything you have at hand. If you have a food processor to do the work, even better. You can also put the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. All the means are okay for this!
Stir in the melted butter until the mixture is smooth and sticky. Press the mixture on the bottom of your springform pan and 3cm up the sides. Refridgerate for about one hour.
When the the biscuit base is firm, it’s time to fill the pie. Open the cooled can of condensed milk caramel (or the ready caramel) and pour it on the biscuit base. Top with sliced bananas. Whip the cream with an electric mixer until fluffy and thick foam. . The cream doesn’t need sugar as the pie contains other elements that are already very sweet. Spoon the whipped cream over the bananas, and don’t be too careful with this, the pie should have kind of a careless look.
Top with roughly chopped dark chocolate (or sifted cocoa powder). Enjoy immediately in good company, with sweet dessert wine and a clear conscience!