Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tarts With Whipped Cream On a Bed Of Raspberry Sauce

Since I've always been on a diet as far back as I can remember, I've never been a big fan of making or eating desserts. I'm sure my children would tell you the only desserts we ever had here were fruit or Flan. Sometimes Jell-O or the occasional batch of chocolate chip cookies. Those days are history. Now that I'm 57 I've decided that I'm going to enjoy everything I possibly can, including desserts. I'm just going to have to go without other things sometimes and exercise more. Maybe. Or not.




So, as Valentine's Day drew near I looked at dessert recipes for weeks before finally deciding what to make for Mr. Snooty on Valentine's Day. This year was my turn to do dinner and I really wanted to make him drool this year. Mission accomplished. Let me just say that I hit the proverbial jackpot with this recipe. Every bite was like a sexual personal orgasm. Neither of us could do more than make Mmmmm sounds the entire time we were finishing our dessert.


This was originally a Tyler Florence recipe only he didn't serve it with fresh whipped cream and/or a raspberry sauce. However, dues must be paid for this fabulous dessert. Otherwise, I'd never have come up with all this on my own. Tyler Florence totally rocked my world with this delicacy!



Luckily, the recipe makes enough for 6, so we were able to do it all over again last night and tonight. Sometimes I truly amaze myself. I couldn't wait to share this with you, so I'm posting it on my cooking blog as well as here on my regular blog. If I can make this masterpiece, then anyone can, trust me. I changed the recipe up a little and the result was sheer perfection. This is seriously the best dessert I've ever made.



Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tarts:


Ingredients For Shells:


1 -1/2 cups of finely crushed chocolate wafer crumbs (just use Oreos without the center if you can't find wafers)


6 tablespoons of butter, melted



Ingredients For Chocolate Truffle Mix:


3/4 cup heavy cream


8 ounces of good-quality (70%) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped


1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract (I used rum extract and it was even better than vanilla)


1/4 cup cocoa powder, for dusting



Ingredients For Topping:



1 cup whipping cream


2 -3 teaspoons granulated sugar


1 teaspoon pure vanilla



1 small container of fresh raspberries, rinsed and dried




Directions:


1. Use fork to combine melted butter and crushed chocolate wafers.


2. Spray the inside of six (6) cups of a muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray.


3. Line each of the six cups with a large square of either parchment paper or wax paper. (I tried both and they both worked perfectly. Press the liners with a small (like a juice) glass to press them into place. Make sure there is enough overhang on each one to lift out when they are ready.


4. Fill each of the 6 muffin cups with the crushed wafer and butter mixture and use small juice glass to press into shape. The mixture should go up the sides about 1-1/2", but not all of mine did and they were just fine.


5. Place muffin tin in refrigerator until the chocolate truffle recipe is prepared.


6. Heat cream over medium low heat until it comes to a simmer. Place finely chopped chocolate in a small bowl and pour heated cream over chocolate. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.


7. When time is up, whip the cream and chocolate with a whisk until blended. Let stand at room temperature for one hour. When hour is up beat the mixture as fast as you can or use medium setting on a hand mixer until mixture thickens and lightens in color. I suggest a hand mixer.



8. Remove muffin tin from refrigerator. Place one raspberry in the bottom center of each cup.


9. Fill a pastry bag with chocolate truffle mixture (or you can use a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off) and fill each of the 6 cups with the mixture. Be sure to lick or suck out the rest of the mixture. You won't want to waste it, trust me.


10. Place muffin tin back into fridge for at least one hour.


11. Meanwhile, you can make the raspberry sauce (recipe follows) and then the whipped cream.



Raspberry Sauce:




Ingredients:


1 - 12 ounce package of frozen raspberries, thawed


1/4 cup sugar


3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons water




Directions:


1. Place thawed raspberries in a strainer (or sieve) over bowl and press lightly to extract juice. (If you press too hard the seeds will come through and you'll have to strain it again with cheesecloth in a strainer).


2. Transfer juice to a small saucepan; add sugar and cook over medium high heat until hot, about 3 minutes.


3. Meanwhile, mix water and cornstarch until combined.


4. When raspberry mixture is hot, slowly whisk in cornstarch. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Allow to stand at room temperature until ready to use.




Final Assembly:




1. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of raspberry sauce over one half side of the dessert plate.


2. Carefully remove the chocolate truffle filled cups by the paper overhang, removing paper and place on top of raspberry sauce.


3. Drop 2 to 3 large dollops of whipped cream on top and one side, adding a few fresh raspberries.


4. Using a small strainer, dust lightly with the cocoa powder, which I completely forgot to do before taking the pictures.




You will totally be a rock star in your own world when you serve this dessert....

9 comments:

Andrea said...

Beautiful!!! I'm drooling all over my laptop now :) This summer when my raspberries are fresh this will be made, and happiness will result I'm sure :) Thanks for the great post and awesome photos!

5 Star Foodie said...

Pure decadence! What a gorgeous dessert!

Mags said...

What an elegant and decadent dessert!

I like your new attitude toward finally being able to enjoy desserts!

Snooty Primadona said...

Hey, you only live once and if you do it right, then once is enough!

Dee said...

This is one of the most beautiful desserts I think I have ever seen. I imagine it is good to the last teeny tiny crumb! *I have to add too that when I saw your photo on your icon you looked much like one of my dear Expat friends I knew in Mexico. Golf & cooking is her life too! Have a great day!

lisa said...

Sounds like a chocolate delight, and I love raspberries with chocolate! Delicious stuff.

Snooty Primadona said...

Okay, I might have licked my plate...

Pam said...

I love chocolate and raspberry together - these look so delicious.

Colleen said...

Oh my, these look delicious! My husband would love these!