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#BakeTogether Chocolate Truffle Tart – My Way

I finally got around to making my new version of the Chocolate Truffle Tart.. ’bout time.. but I clearly stated in the original post that there were no hard-fast rules to follow only a suggestion that everyone post their versions in May so it looks like I’m ok.

So.. here’s what I did..

First off,  I definitely did some experimenting here – some of which paid off and others, well, not so much. I was going for an exotic flavor angle so I used coconut milk instead of the half and half. In other coconut recipes, I like  reducing  the milk down to really concentrate and intensify the flavor. I did that here too but, you know what, with all that bittersweet chocolate in the filling, I couldn’t taste even a hint of coconut milk. I even tried adding some extract – nothing. Not a single drop of coconut flavor came through. Bottom line: if you want to swap out coconut milk for the half & half for whatever reason, go ahead but don’t expect it to add a layer of flavor.

Next, I folded in 3/4 cup lightly salted, coarsely chopped peanuts to the chocolate before scrapping this lusciousness into the baked crumb crust. This worked and worked hard. If you are a cashew person, they would be great too as would toasted macadamias just make sure they have a little salt on ’em so they balance with the sweet filling.

Topping? Now here’s where I got that hit of coconut that I was craving. Instead of using the vanilla extract, I added 1 teaspoon of coconut extract and then topped this baby with a sprinkle of toasted coconut.. oh yeah..

Check out the original post and print the recipe

How about a slice?DSC03273

Look for a #baketogether round up in June!

Here’s hoping you end every day sweetly,


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  • Maris (In Good Taste)
    May 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    From crust to top this tart looks like the perfect dessert for my Memorial Day picnic! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Abby Dodge
      May 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

      TY! and this tart is a great “make ahead” .. just save the toasted coconut for serving

  • JenniferA
    May 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Wowza! That’s beautiful, Abby!! I love the idea of lots of nuts right in the filling! Yum!

    • Abby Dodge
      May 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

      Isn’t it funny that we both went with a peanut combo? kinda like we really were #bakingtogether

  • Yuri
    May 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I was expecting to see curry in your tart 😉 the addition of cashews to the filling is a GREAT idea! I am thinking of adding hazelnuts to mine since I used Nutella in the mascarpone frosting. I might start a line of “chocolate truffle tarts” because mine has been SO popular, I sell 2-3 every week! Looking forward to the next #baketogether.
    Happy Friday!! <3

    • Abby Dodge
      May 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

      AGH!!! I forgot that I was thinking of adding a touch of sweet curry to the filling! Give it a try and let us all know.. I’d start w 1/2 teaspoon and increase as you taste!!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food
    May 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I really shouldn’t look at blogs in the morning… just makes me hungry. This tart looks tremendous!

  • Jayne
    May 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    This looks delicious! I love chocolate and coconut together. I also love chocolate and peanuts together. Yum!

  • Katherine
    May 30, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Gorgeous pie! I love the use of coconut milk here – I need to start incorporating it into more sweet applications (right now it’s a staple in my pantry for curries). Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jamie
    May 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I absolutely loved this recipe, Abby! I really loved what you did with it here, especially the salted peanuts which must have added quite the zing! It’s too bad that you couldn’t taste the coconut milk because I can just imagine how wonderful the cocobut flavor would be with the chocolate. I also was thinking of adding toasted cocobut on top butly oddly enough I don’t think any of my men like coconut! Crazy! This is definitely a recipe I will make over and over again and thanks to you I will be trying new additions and flavor combos each time. Now…. what’s the next challenge???

    I wish we lived close enough so we could taste each other’s creations!

  • Tierney Barden
    May 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Abby, this dessert looks like the perfect reward for all of us who’ve made it through 14 weeks of rain, terrible storms and blazing heat & humidity.
    Love the “Bake Together” concept, I’m looking forward to more, and I’m intrigued by the sweet curry discussion above….

  • JNerissa
    May 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    So, what’s the next project recipe? This was fun.

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  • Abby Dodge
    June 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Such gorgeousness here with all of these variations!

    Thinking about the next “challenge”… what should we “baketogether? A kickass cookie? a single layer tea cake? Too soon for a fruit tart with a press-in dough crust? What about ice cream? I know.. that’s not baking but maybe the baking plays into how you “Switch it up”..

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    June 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    It’s summer – how about something that takes advantage of the wonderful fruits available?

    • Abby Dodge
      June 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Ahhh the joys of summer fruit!!! Yes.. the next #baketogether will be fruit filled and with LOADS of room for interpretation – just the way we like it, right? Posting soon..

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Loved this challenge oh great one. I mean Abby. Love meeting new people, seeing what everyone has done and having it happen without a bunch of pressure and dates and expectations. Great and fun idea.

    • Abby Dodge
      June 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

      TY Barb! It was fun, wasn’t it.. I’ll wait until the 15th to post round up …just in case we get a few stragglers….
      And.. I’ll post the next #baketogether soon!

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