Monday, May 20, 2013

Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Tart

by Darla

Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Tart by BakingdomWell, I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness last Thursday. My *professional assessment is…IT. WAS. AWESOME.

*Not really professional in any way whatsoever.

I have some things to say about it, but first, let me say this: I am a Star Trek fan. I am a fan. I love Star Trek. I don’t just enjoy the show, or like the movies. I’m a fan. I have favorite characters, as well as actors. I have favorite episodes from different series, I love the movies, both new and old. I have knowledge of background facts and info that some may not, becuase I like knowing it…because I LOVE Star Trek. Okay?

Now, here’s what I have to say about the movie – SPOILER FREE.

I really loved it. It was exciting, suspenseful, emotional, thrilling, informative, mysterious, and stunning to look at. It was less annoying, visually, than the first film, which had too many light flares and whatnot. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first film, too, but JJ Abrams (the director) really cut back on the bright lights and flares. It was a nice change. The characters grew and changed, they matured. There were some truly wonderful moments of nostalgia that were taken directly from the original films, and it what I think were moments of pure brilliance, some of those scenes were turned on their heads. They made you angry at the change, and doubtful that they could pull it off…UNTIL THEY DID and then it was all just right.

Was it perfect? No. There some glaring non-Star Trek-ish moments that I couldn’t quite get past. Kirk would never behave that way, or Starfleet is not about that. What is happening? Some of it they fix. Some of it they gloss over. Some of it shouldn’t have happened…

Also, could we maybe see more strong, intelligent female characters actually interacting?! Just a thought.

But it was an entertaining film, and I had a great time. Really.

So that’s all well and good, but the real point of today’s post is to rant in anger, just a tiny bit.

Before Into Darkness came out, but after the first film was released, I was wandering around a forum that had the new movie’s first trailer in it. While there, I read several negative posts that ranged from whiny to downright hateful, about how Star Trek has become a huge joke and only a shadow of what it was in the past. These things were being said by other fans, so I was pretty surprised and saddened by it.

Has Star Trek changed? Of course it has! The world changes, things change, Star Trek has changed. It must grow and evolve if it’s to maintain anyone’s interest. Nothing can survive if it turns stagnant. Are all of the changes good? Admittedly, no. Change is good, but sometimes, it’s too much…or too little.

Here’s what these people are missing, though: YOU STILL HAVE NEW PIECES OF STAR TREK TO ENJOY!

As a long, long time Firefly fan, I speak from experience when I say that it’s better to have new bits and pieces of your fandom being released for your enjoyment, even with changes that you may or may not approve of, than to have none at all. Within reason, we have to embrace the changes and developments that take place within our favorite fan ‘verses, or we may lose them forever, and then what?

Harry Potter is over, you guys. We’ll always have the books and all of the films, we can always enjoy fanfic, and we’re blessed with a huge community of fans that create everything from clothing to art to music, but the books have ended. Unless Ms. Rowling, in all her wise benevolence, sees fit to bless us with new novels set in the world of Harry Potter… hint, hint.

Firefly only gave us one season and a movie. That’s all we have, unless we create things ourselves.

With each new Star Trek movie, and now, with the promised new Star Wars movies in the future, we are given a huge gift. We get the gift of new entertainment, new obsession, new information, new creativity to add to our fandom.

For that, I say we should be grateful. We should embrace the changes that come along. I think the idea of the alternate reality that was created in the first new Star Trek film was a stroke of genius. We are now entered into a whole new universe of our beloved Enterprise. We have the same wonderful, brave crew, we have our beautiful ship, but we have the opportunity to see them follow a new path. Will it be better or worse? Who knows? But who cares? Why? Because we get to see it!

And that’s all I have to say about that.

As a thank you for letting me rant, I made you a rich and decadent, throw-your-diet-out-the-window salted caramel chocolate truffle tart. So, yeah….thanks!

Alright, now about this tart…

Chocolate Chip Shortcrust CrumbsIt’s stupid easy, and also it’s like, totally fast. Yay!

For the crust, your gonna whip everything together in a food processor and then dump it out on your work surface. It’ll look all dry and crumbly, and like it’s not really ever gonna be a dough, but…

Chocolate Chip Shortcrust Dough…then you’ll gently press it all together, like so, and voila! Dough. Then, just wrap and chill it for 30 minutes or so, and bingo bango…

Chocolate Chip Shortcrust TartPut it in a tart pan. You can either roll the dough out and lay it into the pan, pressing it into the corners. Or, you can simply press the dough into the pan, making sure it’s even and goes up the sides. I pressed. Easy, fast, no fuss.

Sugary Chocolate ChunksNext, you’ll whip up the chocolate truffle filling, which is super duper simple. It just has a few ingredients, and they’re sorta just heat and mix. Woo hoo! More easy!

I also added salted caramel sauce to mine, because that’s how I roll, but you can omit it if you like.

Gooey Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle Tart by BakingdomAnd then you have a gorgeous, delicious, irresistible tart to share. Or hoard. I won’t judge if you hoard.

Delicious Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle Tart by BakingdomDefinitely won’t judge you if you hoard.

Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle Tart
with Chocolate Chip Shortbread Crust
Makes 1 9-inch round tart

**I made my tart with salted caramel sauce, because duh. However, if you’re not a caramel fan, or if you don’t want to bother with it, by all means, omit it. This tart is incredible with just chocolate.

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate hips (optional)

FOR THE FILLING
12 ounces bitter or semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons, as needed
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
OPTIONAL: 1/2 recipe salted caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling

To make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Evenly distribute the butter over the flour mixture, then pulse 10 to 12 times, until the mixture is sandy with some larger chunks in it. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, cream, and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture, then pulse 6 to 7 times, until the mixture resembles wet sand. Stir int he chocolate chips.

Turn the misture out onto a clean, dry work surface. It will be very crumbly. Press the mixture together quickly until a dough forms. Shape the dough into a flattened disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes. You can chill this longer, and even overnight, but be sure to let it thaw at room temperature until it’s soft enough to work with.

Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch round tart pan with cooking spray; set aside.

To roll the dough: place it on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to about a 12-inch circle. Gently transfer the circle to the prepared tart pan, pressing it into the corners, and trimming away any excess.

To press the dough: break off chunks of the chilled dough and gently press it into the pan, until the entire bottom and the sides are covered. Be sure to press it evenly across the bottom, so it will bake evenly.

Line the tart dough with a sheet of aluminum foil, and fill with pie weights. Bake for 20 minutes, until the edges are turning golden.

Allow to cool completely before filling.

To make the filling: Toss the chocolate and sugar together in a medium bowl; set aside.

In a small saucepan, or in the microwave, heat the heavy cream to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir gently until all of the cream is incorporated and the chocolate is melted. If there are any unmelted chunks of chocolate, place the mixture in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds and stir until melted.

Stir in the butter until fully incorporated; set aside.

Assemble: If using caramel, pour the sauce into the cooled tart shell and place in the refrigerator until the caramel is just tacky to the touch, about 30 minutes.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the caramel, spreading and smoothing it gently with a small offset spatula. Chill until set, about 3 hours. Garnish as desired, with more caramel sauce, candies, or flake salt.

Recipe by Darla

Yummy Chocolate Caramel Tart by Bakingdom

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 katie May 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Loved your rant about Star Trek! I’m not a HUGE Star Trek fan (like it, but not obsessed) but what you said rings true about many things people love, it’s better to have new adventures that may be different then to not have any at all!! :) Can’t wait to make that delicious tart either! Thanks!!

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2 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life May 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Oh my gosh. This looks heavenly. Definitely going on my “to make immediately or else I can’t go on” list.

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3 Linda May 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Have no fear! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding to include a Howarts Express ride to Diagon Alley complete with a ride in Gringotts! It is not all over:D

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4 Katie May 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

Love all the Harry Potter love!!! :)

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5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Woot! Now this is a recipe to get excited about! Yum!

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6 Zainab@Blahnik Baker May 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Darla, I love your rant!! Thank you for the review as well. I married a Star Trek fan and I am getting to watch the old series and old movies with him. He loves them all and like you he sticks with all the changes good or bad that Star Trek has gone through. I am a Harry Potter gyal and shall always be. Even though we will have the books, movies, music aprons and Hogwarts scarfs, I am jealous Star Trek fans get to enjoy new movies. I just hope JK can take a hint already. I can’t wait to see the new movie tonight :))). By the way, the tart looks amazing!

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7 Becca from Cookie Jar Treats May 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I want to see the new movie for Benedict Cumberbatch (big Sherlock bag I am :)) I honestly don’t know anything about Star Trek, and I feel kind of bad about that because of all the big Star Trek fans out there (my mom is one)

Anyways, this tart looks so incredible and chocolatey! I love it :)

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8 Esther May 21, 2013 at 1:32 am

Benedict is incredible in the movie. I only watched it because of him too, but now I’m flirting with the idea of watching all shows from the beginning… ;)

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9 Trisha May 21, 2013 at 1:34 am

This looks so awesome. Love the chocolate in the pastry! x

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10 Johlene May 21, 2013 at 4:25 am

No way I cant even imagine something looking that good.. how it must taste……..

Incredible!!

Greetings from the Canary Islands, Spain,
Johlene
http://flavoursandfrosting.blogspot.com

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11 Ina May 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

I’m so with you! I am a fan as well, I love Star Trek. We watch the old shows every sunday. Started with TOS and now we are watching Voyager. I loved that movie!
Live long and prosper ;-)

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12 Heather @ Snookie's Cakes May 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

The crust! The caramel! The chocolate! I need to make this tart. But first I need a tart pan.

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13 Luzie May 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

Nice!

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14 Laura@bakinginpyjamas May 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

This really looks so yummy and delicious Darla, I could eat a slice right now. Yum!

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15 nessa May 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

The tart looks so decadent and amazing!

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16 Renee @ Awesome on $20 May 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm

First of all, this tart is ridiculous. I’d probably hoard. For sure. I’m not a Star Trek fan, but I know how you feel about nay-sayers. I enjoy seeing the new interpretations people bring to source material that I love. I’m nervous about Baz Luhrman’s Gatsby, but I’m going to see it with an open mind, anyway. I’m also looking forward to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch on the big screen!

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17 miss messy May 22, 2013 at 2:10 am

This looks unreal. What an amazing combination. How indulgent! :)

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18 Melissa May 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I’m a huge Firefly fan and I totally understand what you are saying about … no new stuff. Luckily if you watch “Castle” however, they are homages to the show with some dialogue here and there. I love good SciFi so I’m planning on going to see the new Star Trek film – thanks for the review…and the awesome recipe. I love caramel :)

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19 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen May 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I totally agree with you on Star Trek- I hate what they turned Kirk into. And the fact that they got in trouble for helping a culture? Ughhhh. AND STARFLEET STARTING A WAR WHAT THE HECK NO. But it was a wonderful film. And this tart looks amazing!

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20 Andrea R May 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

Drooling! Oh yum!

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21 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Oh wow yum, this looks like heaven in a tart!

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22 Lori May 31, 2013 at 7:28 am

My 12-year-old niece (with a little help from my sister) made this tart as a special treat for my dad who’s recovering from knee surgery. Dad generously shared with us when the entire family came for a visit.

The tart was FABULOUS!! And my niece was so proud. And I was so happy since I was the one who told her about your blog. :-) Thanks for all the great stories, photos, recipes and inspiration!

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23 Caroline May 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Don’t know how you feel about comic books, but Joss Whedon did write three graphic novels to go with Firefly and Serenity. The depict what happens leading up to the movie.

Thank you for all of the recipes and craft ideas. All my friends love my desserts because of you!

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