There are some pretty impressive dishes for Brunch Week so I wanted to make sure to bring something extra tasty to the party. This tart was initially inspired by a failed attempt at this dessert (the sponge cake was a bust, but the combination of honey and mascarpone was DIVINE! I've been sneaking it into desserts ever since!). I made my own mascarpone, which is super simple (lemons & heavy cream, a pot, some heat, a piece of cheese cloth and you're set! Check out how easy the process is. Trust me, make it once and it's so easy & delicious, you'll never buy it again!)Read More
Remember those Dulce de Leche Digestive Cookies I shared with you last week? What if I told you that they were one of the four ingredients needed to make a quick and simple version of a classic dessert popular in Ireland and the UK?
Curious, my dear reader? Read on!
Ireland holds a special place in my heart. My dad's side is Irish, I'm born two days before St. Patrick's Day, my first name is Irish and I did my capstone project for my Master's on representations of women as Ireland in 19th century non-canonical literature (thrilling, I know!). Plus, I've spent time all over the country--from cupcakes in St. James Square and learning to pour the perfect pint of Guinness in Dublin, to curbside cheese feasts and hanging out with cute Irish rockstars in Cork, to breaking the rules at the Cliffs of Mohr and eating brown bread ice cream in Dingle.
It wasn't until my most recent trip that I truly fell in love with the Emerald Isle. I was lucky enough to be the guinea pig in a study abroad program for graduate students and spent my summer in Galway. Being the only grad student in a group of 25 undergrads was challenging at times because I was in a different place in my life and it was sometimes hard to relate. When I needed some time to myself, I went on adventures, reading by the beautiful Bay, trying new pubs, chatting up locals, making friends with the Donut Monger and testing out nearly every bakery in the city center.
On one of those trips, I had my first taste of Banoffee Pie, a simple but decadent dessert. The crust is traditionally made with crushed digestive cookies (similar to a graham cracker crust). Next comes a layer of gooey, caramel toffee. Slices of banana are placed on top of that and the whole thing is covered with fluffy whipped cream. It's like a banana cream pie that skips right to the good stuff and subs toffee for pudding. Genius, if you ask me.
When Jen of Jen's Favorite Cookies asked me to participate in a St. Patrick's Day recipe roundup, I knew I wanted to make this pie. In thinking about how to interpret this dessert, I originally wanted to make a whole pie and put a spin on it. It can be tough to find digestive cookies, so I thought about subbing graham cracker crumbs instead. A quick google search and a trip to the King Arthur Flour page showed me that I could easily make the digestive biscuits myself. And as I thought more about the size and shape of each cookie, I thought, "If banoffee pie is just digestives, toffee, bananas and whipped cream, why bother making a whole pie when I can just make individual servings?" Thus, I give you:
Mini Banoffee Pie Tarts. (Four ingredients and five steps, in pictures)
Step 1: Set out a few digestive biscuits (you can buy them or, if you can't find them, you can bake your own)
Step 2: Cover with toffee, dulce de leche or caramel sauce.
**Tip** Remember, to be generous with the toffee, caramel or dulce de leche! Traditional banoffee pie has a nice layer of caramelly goodness below the bananas!
Step 3. Top with a few sliced bananas. (Torching the bananas with a kitchen torch is also an option!)
Step 4. Pipe on a bit of whipped cream (homemade is best, but you could use canned in a pinch!)
Step 5: Plate the tart and drizzle with toffee, dulce de leche or caramel sauce & Enjoy!
We've got a ton of delicious recipes lined up to make your St. Paddy's Day a success, so be sure to check out the amazing dishes, drinks & desserts from the lovely ladies below!
1. Key Lime Pound Cake by Joan at Chocolate Chocolate & More 2. Mini Banoffee Pie Tarts by Kelly at Kelly Bakes 3. Chocolate Bailey's Mousse Tart from Nancy at Gotta Get Baked 4. Irish Carbomb Cupcakes from Susan at Girl in the Little Red Kitchen 5. Pistachio Caramel Cookies from Jen at Jen's Favorite Cookies 6. Guinness Stout Mini Bundt Cake from Shanna at Pineapple and Coconut 7. Irish Cheese and Bacon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust by Carla at Chocolate Moosey 8. Bailey's Irish Cream Cheese Trifle from Anita at Hungry Couple NYC 9. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream from Renee at Magnolia Days 10. Pistachio Mousse Cups from Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic 11. Irish Eggs Benedict from Isabelle Crumb Blog 12. St. Patrick's Day Cookie Stack from Angie at Big Bears Wife 13. Guinness Chocolate Cake from Jen at Juanita's Cocina 14. Irish Potato Oatmeal Bread from Sarah at What Smells So Good
Valentine's Day is an extremely polarizing holiday. It pins people into two camps: those who celebrate and those who protest the holiday. Those who celebrate do so at varying intensities, from simple card-givers to those who make elaborate shows of affection by carpeting their domiciles in red roses or buying teddy bears the size of small planets. The protestors are nearly as apparent in their stance on February 14th. I've been the audience to many a tirade about the commercialization of love and how the greeting card industry is to blame for the materialism behind Valentine's Day.
Regardless of how you feel about the holiday, I've got the perfect dessert to go with your feelings. If you're a romantic and looking for a sexy dessert, this dark chocolate raspberry torte will not disappoint. It's a show-stopper with it's bright berries the perfect shade of Valentines red. Grab two forks so you and your sweetie can feed each other every rich bite. Or, if you wish your calendar skipped right over Cupid's busiest day, then put on some angsty music, get yourself a fork, skip the plate and eat your feelings because this torte has got chocolate as dark as your attitude towards Vday.
Personally, I fall somewhere in between both parties. I've had plenty of years where I've shared the holiday with someone special, but I've also had one or two years watching The Notebook and cramming Reese's hearts into my mouth like a chipmunk preparing to hibernate. Recently, I've come to experience Valentine's Day as a time to appreciate loved ones in whatever role they play. In that vein, this dark chocolate raspberry torte is serving as a Galentine's Day treat, perfect for bringing together some fantastic ladies who I am thankful to call my friends. Whether you're sitting across from your beloved at a romantic table for two, bringing together your loved ones around the family table or showing yourself a bit of love, I hope you'll join me and the rest of the #SundaySupper team as we share our delicious Valentine's treats with you this Sunday!
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte
adapted from Epicurious
3 hours 40 mins
A rich, decadent chocolate torte sure to please the most serious of chocolate lovers!
- 2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (or chocolate graham cracker crumbs)
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 9 oz dark chocolate (I used 72% cacao, which makes for an intense chocolate flavor. If you'd like something less so, go with somewhere around 65%)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablepoons heavy cream
- 1 2/3 oz dark chocolate (again, I used 72% cacao)
- 1 teaspoon corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon raspberry liquer, such as Chambord
- 1 teaspoon warm water
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Stir together cookie crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a bowl until combined. (Mixture should just hold together when pinched). Pour into a 9" tart pan with removable bottom. Press into pan's bottom and sides using the bottom of a glass or measuring cup. Bake until firm, 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool, approximately 20-25 minutes.
- Chop 9 ounces chocolate and place into a medium bowl.
- Heat 1 1/4 cups heavy cream in a small saucepan until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over chopped chocolate. Allow to sit 5 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth and glossy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, salt and add to melted chocolate mixture. Pour into cooled cookie crumb crust.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are set but center is still wobbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool approximately one hour.
- Finely chop 1 2/3 ounces chocolate and place in a small bowl.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of heavy cream until it just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour over chocolate. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, stir until smooth. Stir in corn syrup then add warm water and liquer. Stir until combined and chocolate becomes glossy.
- Pour over torte, spread with an off-set spatula.
- Arrange raspberries while chocolate is still wet. Allow to set for an hour before serving.
How do you observe Valentine's Day? Are you a fan or a forgoer?
If you're stuck for ideas, the #SundaySupper team has got you covered! We're cooking up something special for every meal of the day (and plenty of sweet things for dessert! ;). Check out what everyone's making below and join us at 7pm, this Sunday, February 10th for a Valentine's Day-themed chat on Twitter. Follow along with the hashtag #SundaySupper. You'll love what we've brought to the table!
Make sure you check out the other #SundaySupper participants to see what they’ve made for our Valentine’s Day #SundaySupper!
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Breakfasts, Apps & Main Dishes:
- Asparagus, Clam & Bay Shrimp Pasta from Galactopdx
- Bacon Double Cheese Burger Bites from In the Kitchen with KP
- Cheese Stuffed Cannelloni from Curious Cuisiniere
- Garlic Shrimp Bruschetta from MarocMama
- Green Olive, Goat Cheese & Basil Crostini from Hip Foodie Mom
- Indian Shrimp Pulao from Soni’s Food
- Individual Beef “Phyll-ingtons” from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Ranch, Bacon and Cheese Crisps from Daily Dish Recipes
- Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Rissóis de Camarão | Portuguese Shrimp Dumplings from Family Foodie
- Spicy Red Cabbage Quiche | Veggie Quiche Recipe from Masala Herb
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Sweet Eats:
- Banana Bourbon Blondies from The Messy Baker
- Banana Cream Napoleon from Food Lust People Love
- Brown Butter M&M Cookies from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Brown Butter Rolo Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies from Damn Delicious
- Chocolate Baumkuchen from Webicurean
- Chocolate Bread Pudding from La Cocina de Leslie
- Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Banana Cream from The Lovely Pantry
- Chocolate Covered Bacon from I Run For Wine
- Chocolate Covered Stuffed Strawberries from Country Girl in the Village
- Chocolate Mousse from Mom, What’s For Dinner?
- Chocolate Roll filled with Nutella Cream from Basic N Delicious
- Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce from Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas with Chocolate Sauce from The Roxx Box
- Coconut Sweetheart Cookies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Coeur a la Creme from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cream Cheese Mints from Simply Gourmet
- Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse with Coconut Cream from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte from Kelly Bakes
- #GlutenFree Chocolate Almond Cloudless Cake from Cooking Underwriter
- Heart Shaped White Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Cream from Noshing with the Nolands
- Homemade Cherry Mash Candies from Juanita’s Cocina
- Maple-Date Bars from Diabetic Foodie
- Meyer Lemon Marmalade from Shockingly Delicious
- Mini Samoa Bundt Cakes from Ruffles & Truffles
- Molten Chocolate Lava Cake from Gotta Get Baked
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes from The Meltaways
- Pistachio and Chocolate Souffle from Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Raspberry Custard Tart from Kudos Kitchen
- Raw Fudge Love from Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Red Velvet French Macarons with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars from Chocolate Moosey
- Red Wine Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting from The Urban Mrs.
- Strawberry Shortcake! from The Foodie Army Wife
- Strawberry Valentine Cake Hearts from Ninja Baking
- Tres Leches Tea Cakes with Honey Riesling Soaked Fruit from Neighborfood
- Valentine’s Bakewell Tarts from Happy Baking Days
- Valentines Chocolate Apples from Big Bear’s Wife
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Drinks:
- Blood Orange Vodka Martinis from The Catholic Foodie
- Bloody Raspberry Cocktail from My Cute Bride
- Strawberry Gin Fizz from girlichef
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Tablescape: A Romantic Table For Two Please from An Appealing Plan