For this year's dinner, I made Rose's Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart for dessert. I love hazelnuts, so this recipe in the new Baking Bible immediately caught my eye. However, I will save the details for the day that the Alpha Bakers bake this recipe together.
All went like clockwork baking the crust, making the truffle-like filling, glazing it with the chocolate ganache...until I made the optional carmelized hazelnuts. Matthew Boyer from the Beta Bakers suggested this lovely and delicious enhancement. Now I remember why I hate making candy!!
Which brings me to the part about odd-sized baking pans. I love anything out of the ordinary, and have several unusual pans in my collection. I baked this tart in my new strip pan ( not exactly an exotic shape, but I have run into this problem before). I also have an extensive collection of dishes, glassware and serving pieces. I pulled out FIVE rectangular plates and not one of them would fit the tart! I ended up serving the tart from a cutting board.
But the tart was so wonderful, it wouldn't have mattered how it came to the table, especially to my dearest friends. Moral to the story---figure out the serving plate before you bake with an odd-sized pan!
Coming next week:
I will give away a new kitchen favorite, so stop by again!!