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#Baketogether Round Up ~Truffle Tart takes a journey

I don’t know about you, but I had a ton o fun baking with all you guys.. we really need to do this more often. If I’m counting correctly (and often I’m not~ pls don’t hesitate to shout at me), this past month  a dozen 14 15! of us ( I just add FC_Evan and Nancy just posted her Tart along with a pic !) squeezed into the kitchen together and came up with some really fun twists on my Truffle Tart recipe. As we stroll down Truffle Tart lane together, keep in mind that these are listed in no particular order.. if I was a smarter person, I’d do these alphabetically, but… I’m not.. forgive me.

I’ll start with me but only because I posted a pic of mine #baketogether so the post would have a whipped cream- chocolate face for the world.. recipe here and here’s the original recipe just in case you missed it.

Some folks did a variety of versions. Love that. Check out Mardi’s TWO tarts on EatLiveTravelwrite.com. Not only did she do a Toberlone filling with a honey mascarpone drizzle AND a ginger cookie crust with a white chocolate filling with a lemon Mascarpone cream  she went mini.. Love that too.

Everyone knows how crazy I am for Nutella.. and I am.. but I’m even crazier about what Yuri  from Chefpandita did with her version: Oreo crust with, wait for it… a nutella mouse topping and I just love those crisp choco pearls on top. I must get some of those asap.

Another friend who went with minis was Jamie from Lifesafeast.com. She used a sweet pistachio dough for the crust, scented the filling with Amaretto and topped ’em with the whipped cream, fresh fruit and pistachios. Love.

Jennifer from Breadandputter went way out on a limb and we are so grateful she did! First of all, she could only find a 11 1/2-inch tart pan so she was already well on her way to “switching it up”. Then she pulled out a jar of peanut butter and, yes, she added a creamy, sweet layer of PB on top of a graham crust and under teh chocolate layer. Sounds like a Reese’s on steriods.. which equals heaven in every bite, right?

The nut theme continues with Barb at CreativeCulinary.com Barb went all kinds of nutty here – hazelnut that is. Using nuts in the crust and frangelico in the filling and the topping, she also used a combo of white chocolate and bittersweet for the filling. Lastly, Barb swapped in a pie plate for the tart pan.

Following the path of “great minds think alike”.. Jaynerly also went with a hazelnut theme. Using oat biscuits and hazelnuts for the crust (in a pie plate too), the filling was doused with frangelico, topped with whipped cream and garnished with caramelized hazelnuts… like I said.. “nutty”!

Another hazelnut lover was Gail from onetoughcookienyc . Gail added hazelnuts and cinnamon to the crust and Frangelico to the filling.. and as she readily admits she “has a heavy hand”.. Love that.. and once again.. “nutty”

Deborah at Knitstamatic feeds right into my flavor wheelhouse by using not two but THREE different types of ginger- ground and ginger snpas in the crust and granished with crystallized .. and, get this, she serve is it with sour cherry compote..holy cow.

Over at Porkcracklins, Sheri went with another spice: cinnamon giving it a hint of mexican chocolate – love that – and topped this betty with a white chocolate- mascarpone whipped cream and loads of chocolate shards.. gorg. ps.. I notice that Sheri says the tart serves 12 to 16.. she’s right, this is super rich.

Continuing the cinnamon- chocolate  joruney, Ethan at tastebetterwithfriends add cinnamon to the crust and, wait for it, Goldschlager to the filling.. cinnamon and booze is my kinda stuff. Ethan used an 8-inch springform so the tart has a nice thickness to it and topped with whipped ricotta-cream cheese-heavy cream and fresh blackberries, well.. what’s not to love here.

Janice over at KitchenHealsSoul took a square look at this tart. No.. I’m not saying she’s “square”, I’m saying that she made her tart in a square tart pan – quite chic. She also used her own homemade Grahams and topped the tart with an Earl Grey whipped mascarpone.. Gorg. Janice isn’t sure if “Earl” stood up to the chocolate.. I think everyone should judge for themselves..

And alone those citrus tones, Evan (aka @FC_Evan on twitter) was one of the first to post on Chocolatenadchaturangas.com She used a chocolate cookie crust (love the Teddy Graham shot, btw), an espresso laced filling and…. a lemon curd -whipped mascarpone topping with candied lemon zest.. holy cow.

Rachael at LaFujiMama switched things up with a chocolate-almond crust but the big addition to this tart was a black sesame brittle. The texture contrast is enough to make me swoon….

Nancy Gardiner made a pretzel crust (which I’m consiering for the new #baketogether) She sweetened some of the topping with local (for her and me) Red Barn Honey (did I tell you that my daughter’s working there this summer?) and then.. read for this.. folded some PB into the remainder and garnished with it.. HELLO!  http://twitpic.com/4y518j

And my old FC friend and chocolate expert, JNerissa posted her Smores’ Truffle Tart. She used a graham crust , the filling and then topped it with Fluff and ran it under the broiler..goeey sticky wonderfulness http://twitpic.com/4yalum

ok.. I think I got everyone. Enjoy perusing all the variations from these talented, clever folks and make sure you follow everyone on Twitter. Feel free to join us for the June #BakeTogether  Strawberry Sorbet ~ YOUR WAY we are a friendly bunch and we love having company in the kitchen.

Hoping you end everyday sweetly!


ps.. I promise I’ll get better at the #roundups.. and if you have suggestions plesae feel free to email me at abby@abbydodge.com. I’m always open to suggestions!

edited to say.. will be checking FB for other versions posted there..stay tuned

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  • Yuri
    June 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I [heart] #baketogether 😀

    • Evan
      June 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Me too! 🙂

      • Abby Dodge
        June 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

        got you!

  • Yuri
    June 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Nancy Gardiner’s #baketogether tart:
    >>”We went with the pretzel crust, adding in a little extra butter and switching up the sweetener to some local Red Bee honey because it upped the moisture and seemed to fit w/the pretzel vibe. The truffle filling stayed true to the recipe and (YESSS, JNerissa!) after I topped with the honey-sweetened marscarpone cream I beat 2Tbsp of natural peanut butter into the remaining cream for a garnish. Not bad for a recovering box-mix baker. My littlest guy and I had a blast with this–Thanks Abby! No website but I posted a few pix to Twitter: http://twitpic.com/4y518j

  • Yuri
    June 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    JNerissa’s #baketogether tart:
    >>”My younger son loves marshmallows, and campaigned for me to add them to the tart, so today we made Smores truffle tart: graham cracker crust, truffle filling, and marshmallow fluff swirled over the top. Lacking a blow torch I ran it under the broiler to toast the marshmallow. Sweet, sticky, gooey, and a hit with my kids. http://twitpic.com/4yalum

    • Abby Dodge
      June 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Yuri for both of these additions.. I was going to search FB to find ’em.. Added them both to the round up!

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    June 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Wasn’t this just the best challenge ever???? Can’t wait for the next roundup – working on my version this week!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
    June 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    How would I choose just one as a favorite? They all sound fabulous… I think I’d need to have a slice of each before making a formal decision!

    So sorry I missed this #baketogether event, but I hope there will be another one soon that I can join in on! 🙂

  • Sheri
    June 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    So much fun, and I’ve loved that tart ever since the recipe was published in Fine Cooking. Thanks for being our #baketogether inspiration!

  • JenniferA
    June 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I had so much fun with this! Thanks so much for organizing this, Abby!!

    #baketogether rocks!

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    June 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing all these amazing recipes!

    • Abby Dodge
      June 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Such great ideas, right?

    • Denver
      July 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

      I really wish there were more arictels like this on the web.

  • Deb @ knitstamatic
    June 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

    This was so much fun! Thanks for organizing #baketogether!

    • Abby Dodge
      June 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

      My pleasure.. it was fun! Are you joining us for the Strawberry Sorbet ~your way #baketogether? hope so.. you’ll have plenty of time to post

      • Deb @ knitstamatic
        June 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Thanks Abby – I hope to, we’ve been in crisis mode at home these past few weeks so my focus has been elsewhere. I am going to try and eek out some time this weekend to give it a shot.

  • Shannon Imlay
    July 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Abby, your site is BEAUTIFUL! The recipes are making me drool all over my keyboard, lol. You are my kind of cook, I love decadent treats and this is the place to go to find them. What a sensual treat, for the eyes, and the taste, I think my stomach has started growling. Keep up the great work. Is there a place on here where I can sign up for RSS feed? I couldn’t find it. Have a great holiday weekend 🙂

    • Abby Dodge
      July 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      HI Sharon.. Thanks so much for kind and encouraging words. Much appreciated! The RSS sign up is on the home page just below the video screen on the top right. Oh and feel free to join in our #bakeTogether !!
      Happy 4th!

      • Shannon Imlay
        July 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        Thank you so much Abby, I’m on your feed now, do I need to do anything special to sign up for the bake together, I LOVE baking and think it sounds like a blast. I think the world is never sweet enough and like to do my part to make it a little sweeter

        • Abby Dodge
          July 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

          NO sign up needed.. just play away in “our” kitchen and post result on your blog, leave a message here with your link and tweet with #baketogether . We’ll see it and RT to share your work..

  • Jamie
    July 9, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Wow I have been away a long time! What a group we pulled together for this first Bake Together and I am loving it! What a creative a tasty line up! This is a great exercise in creativity and skill, dear Abby, and you are a star!

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