Friday, October 28, 2005

The Darker Side of Pecan

I just discovered that I am a week late for Sugar high friday. I thought it was the last friday of the month and have been saving this prepared post for the big day. Well, better late than never. The theme this month is "the dark side" refering to chocolate.

I chose to twist a pecan pie, turn it dark so to speak. The best part of the pecan pie, the sugary caramel wrapped pecans were preserved. Rather than filling a pie they crown a deep chocolate tart.

The base of this tart is a sable crust rich with ground almonds and dark with the bitter quality of cocoa powder. The chocolate in the filling is treated simply as a ganache ballanced with just enough cream and butter to hold it still at room temperature. It is truly like eating about 12 chocolate truffles all at once.

The pecans are toasted to bring out their sweet, almost maple notes. While still warm, they are rolled in a deep amber caramel just after the cream is stirred into the caremelized sugar. As the caramel comes down to room temp, it is stirred occasionally, bathing the pecans. The lustered pecans are spooned on top of the tart when it is firm enough to hold their weight.

Along side is none other than more chocolate, but in a very light creamy presentation of the flavor. An oval quenelle of chocolate whipped cream sits aside the tart. To make this melted chocolate is added with a little sugar to scalded cream then let to chill over night. It whips faster and denser than plain jane whipped cream with a texture that is velvety. It might as well be a mousse if you ask me.

So what began as a pecan pie became a presentation of 3 moods of dark chocolate; The bitterness of the cocoa in the crust, the ultra rich ganache, and the light creamy chocolate whipped cream.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one of the yummiest desserts I have ever had. hmmmm.


October 29, 2005 1:24 PM  
Blogger Pig wot flies said...

My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

November 01, 2005 4:13 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Pig wot flies... Thanks! And I LOVE your knitting site.

RC- thanks baby, I'll make it for you anytime.

November 16, 2005 9:37 AM  

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