Thursday, November 26, 2015

Pear-Cranberry Roll-Up Tart

This tart is beautifully photographed in Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking Chez Moi, and I had high hopes for it.  I was not disappointed!

The tart uses her galette dough which is tasty and easy to roll out.  The filling is pretty simple:  pears, cranberries and the secret ingredients of raspberry preserves and fresh ginger.

My only difficulty was in sealing the ends.  As a result, some of the preserves leaked out and burned on the parchment paper.  But once I moved the tart to a rack to cool, everything was great.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chocolate Covered Toffee Break Ups

Last fall, when I first got my hands on Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking Chez Moi, I read through the book and marked the recipes I wanted to make right away.  There were lots of post-it notes sticking out of this book!

One of the recipes I wanted to try was Chocolate Covered Toffee Break Ups on page 402.  I love both chocolate and caramel so the combination of chocolate and toffee was especially appealing.  And then there are the almonds, so I could delude myself into thinking that actually this candy was almost healthy!

The first time I made the recipe was around Christmas and I gave a good deal of it away.  It was a good thing, because every time I passed by the container, I found myself taking a little nibble.  It was delicious as I made it last year, but I also wrote a note on the page of the book to try using good milk chocolate instead of semi or bittersweet chocolate.  So that's what I did this week.

Roughly chopping the toasted almonds

Butter and sugar beginning to cook

Chopping the good milk chocolate

The toffee burbling away

Keeping the thermometer handy

Just about ready--lovely color!

The toffee cooling

Chocolate spread on and more nuts added.  Ready for the refrigerator.

The end product.  Only there aren't this many pieces left.

I'd say that this toffee would be great with any kind of chocolate!  Using your favorite is probably the best advice.

To get the recipe, buy Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking Chez Moi.  Click here to see blogs from the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers.