Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Salted Butterscotch Chocolate Tart or Gone, But Not Forgotten


Somehow it is Tuesday and I am still feeling Monday. Which means I am feeling a bit disorganized, but you know me by now, to know that don't you? My weekend was fine, actually more than fine. Saturday found me at the Denver Dog Show looking at these.


I'm in deep trouble, I know. Zoe had checked out Skye terriers (without me knowing) on Facebook and found a breeder that might be able to help me out. Not that I'm sure I'm ready to be helped yet, but Zoe is ready for me to be.  After looking at these beautiful faces, well you must agree that these might be a bit hard to resist. George was a midnight black male but the same litters also produce white Skyes with these gorgeous black muzzles and ears. Since I've had two black ones it could be nice to switch it up a bit. But not yet. I'm still missing George, though Skyes are hard to come by. One must plan ahead and throw your number in the hat, so to speak. They are actually considered a protected breed because there are so few of them.

Yes, that was a fun surprise on Saturday though it brought up a slew of emotions. Manservant was hungry after the show so we followed up with Mexican food. And then we followed the Mexican food with beer. Yup. There is a brewery right off of I25 that Manservant decided we should check out. After all, we don't get down that way often. So we did. Check it out, that is. Just tasters, but they were fun even though in Manservant's opinion we've had better.  So no growlers came home with us, but I sure had an unexpected, fun day!

That night we were invited to a friend's home for dinner. It was a rustic, heavenly dinner, that began with lots of superb wine and and an addicting little garlic dip. Ribollita (an Italian soup with a base of bread and beans and greens)  was the main course. So soothing and comforting and topped off with olive oil and parmesan cheese, this really hit the spot. Yum, yum!  After dessert Manservant and friend switched to what he declared as awesome tequila and I was offered a Shalaylee which was new to me.  We were out until midnight and didn't turn into pumpkins! But Freddie sure was happy to see us arrive home safely!


I did manage to bring dessert as I had  three quarters of a pan of this decadent salted butterscotch, chocolate tart left from Valentine's Day. Oh baby. Don't hate me for this. Damn, but this is a rich confection. I willingly gave the rest to our friends to have as it was too over the top for me. I must confess though that when I started editing this tart's photos, I really wanted another bite. But you know how one bite leads to another? Well, that is the reason I gave it to them. Let them throw it away, but I knew this was like a preapproved credit card if left in my hands and there would be nothing left. And they are the ones on Weight Watchers. Oh, I am feeling so guilty now. I even went to the Weight Watcher's site and yes, I must do this, too.

But back to this tart. This totally decadent, luscious, sinful tart was perfect for Valentine's Day. One bite as it slowly slides across your tongue can produce a sigh that might be mistaken for another kind of sigh. The kind of satiated sigh that comes with a sense of great relief but always leaves you wanting more. This is a dessert that one eats slow and savors and wants never to end, but prays that it does quickly.  You might pass out from the feeling of fullness that this tart leaves in your mouth, in your head, in your tummy. This is the kind of tart that one leaves behind for fear of getting overly involved. Yes, this tart is a tart! Of heavenly proportions. Maybe left behind, but never, ever forgotten!



Salted Butterscotch Chocolate Tart in a Shortbread Crust
Adapted From: Bold - Susanna Hoffman and Victoria Wise
Yield: 8 servings

Shortbread Crust
Ingredients:
3/4 c unbleached flour
1/4 c powdered sugar
1 stick cold butter, cut into cubes

Preheat oven to 375. Combine, flour, powdered sugar and butter cubes, in a small bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour until mixture is pebbly and holds together when gathered. With floured fingers, press the dough across the bottom and sides of a 9 inch spring form pan or a removable bottom tart pan. Place in preheated oven and bake until golden brown and crisp, 18-20 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

Chocolate Ganache
Ingredients:
1 c heavy whipping cream
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into 1 inch chunks
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Place the cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until beginning to steam. Do not let it boil. Add the chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth and glossy, 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the egg, remove the pan from the heat, and set mixture aside to cool and thicken slightly, about 5 minutes.

Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the cooled crust and bake until firm at 375 for about 15 minutes. Center should still be a bit moist when a knife is inserted into it. Let cool until it is no longer piping hot.

Espresso Butterscotch
Ingredients:
1 c packed brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 t vanilla extract
1/4 c brewed espresso
4 T butter, cut into cubes
3/4 c whipping heavy cream
1/4 t kosher salt
Maldon salt flakes for topping (optional)

Place the sugar and the vanilla in a medium sized, heavy pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is very soft and fragrant and beginning to melt, about 5 minutes. Add the coffee and butter and stir until the mixture is well blended, about two minutes.

Add the cream and kosher salt and bring to a simmer. This might hiss and sputter like a left behind tart but just keep stirring until the sauce is the consistency of thick honey, about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and take out the vanilla pod, if used.  If this gets too thick upon standing just stir in more heavy cream and heat in the micro on low until this gets good and saucey.

Now take this saucey sauce and pour over your chocolate filling. Spread evenly across the top. If your butterscotch is runny, it will thicken with refrigeration. Sprinkle with salt flakes if you'd like. Cover loosely and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to 3 days. After I refrigerated this, I kept it at room temperature and enjoyed it much more than when it was cold.


More February Recipes:
Mussels and Fries
Sage Roasted Chicken with Bread Salad
Not My Mama's Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken, Artichoke, Mushroom Casserole
Spaghetti Bolognese
Brazilian Coconut Lime Shrimp Stew
Not My Mama's Cherry Pie

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40 comments:

  1. ohhh I tell you I love salted chocolate and salted caramel, but heavens, I do love a salted butterscotch. Heavenly!

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    1. Nothing like butterscotch. My mom used to hide hers from us!

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  2. Oh my! What a seriously delicious and dangerous looking tart! I sure like salted caramels and butterscotchs. I would finish off the whole thing myself!! Yummy!

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    1. You think you would, but it is rich. Very rich! But good. Very, very good.

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  3. what's not to love about this dessert??? I can see why you enjoyed it so much!

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  4. Salted butterscotch? I'm in! Sounds totally delish. Smart to leave that behind -- that could be serious trouble at our house. We always give away as much as we can, too. Those little Skyes are totally cute dogs. How are they at chasing rabbits? ;-)

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    1. You understand the fork on the plate. Not even cutting a piece. just nibbling every time you walk by? Yeah. That's why I gave it away! Well, they were bred to chase weasels out of logs. But boy, George did love to chase those rabbits. Never caught one though!

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  5. Hi Abbe,

    At moments of desperation, my son always says... Mum, keep calm and eat chocolate!!! hee hee...

    Good that you have baked this chocolate tart for yourself or for any reasons :p

    Zoe

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    1. Very smart son, Zoe! I need one like that!

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  6. Shortbread crust, chocolate, espresso butterscotch...this is a deadly combination, Abbe. The tart looks decadent!

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    1. Yes Angie. Deadly and decadent. Two words that shouldn't be in the same sentence!

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  7. This is one unforgettable tart. Only ate 3/4 of the tart? I am sure I could have polished off the whole thing. Have you decided to get a puppy? Good for you!

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    1. Actually we only ate 1/4 and gave the rest away. You could polish off the whole thing but it could kill you. Haven't decided yet, but the thought is there!

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  8. oh! It looks yummy and butterscotch is my favorite. Thanks for the recipe Abbe. #SITSBlogging

    Amit

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    1. You are so welcome, Amit. If butterscotch is your favorite you can even just make the filling and scoop it over ice cream OR eat it with a spoon. That was the best part!

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  9. My mouth is watering! This is a must make, Abbe...it looks divine!

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    1. This does seem like one you would make, Liz! And your photos will be way better than mine!

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  10. Yum! All the three layers sound and look delicious, I can only imagine a bite with all of them together...
    Hope you are having a great week Abbe :D

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    1. The three layers are heavenly, but I'll tell you this. The shortbread crust would make excellent cookies and you could just make the butterscotch as a sauce and eat that, too. These components could be used in a lot of other places! Thanks Juliana!

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  11. You should have saved a bite for me; I would have gladly helped! Go find your phone; I'm calling you in two minutes. Hurry!! :)

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    1. I should have but I did not want to put you in danger of eating the whole thing!

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  12. What a fun day! I love when days fall into place like that - no plan but ends up being fun. Hooray for staying out after midnight too!

    I am not much of a desert person, but holy moly - that looks amazeballs!

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    1. Yes. Amazeballs! But more amazeballs staying out after midnight!

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  13. I know how you feel. When our beloved Sam died, our housekeeper showed up two weeks later with her three children, each holding a little jack russell puppy. Her youngest (6 years old) said, "Mum is sick of you being sad about Sam so pick a puppy."

    Sometimes the puppy picks you.

    This is a must make dessert!

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  14. I have heard that Maureen! I think that is a lovely story. Did you take one? You'll be the first to know when we do!

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  15. I can't no to that face, too much cuteness happening there.
    I also can't say no to this chocolate tart, yum yum.

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  16. Sometimes over the top is just about right! I give away so much food - but it's nice to have for just a minute. Lovely dogs - recently watched the Westminster Dog show and fell in love all over again - with about 400 breeds. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Homemade butterscotch is the best! This treat looks wonderful! That dog is beyond cute too!

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  18. This is a heavenly tart!
    Which meanz - my kind of perfect dessert :)

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  19. Oh la la, salted butterscotch is so addictive. All the layers together sounds very decadent Abbe! This is one heavenly tart for sure :)

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  20. Wow..just, wow. I wouldn't have been able to resist eating more than one piece!..lol ^.^

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  21. Oh my, this is so gloriously decadent! What a marvellous tart!

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  22. Perfect for Valentine's Day? No, Abbe ... It's perfect for any day. Wow.

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  23. I would cheat on any diet for a bite ( many many bites) of this salted butterscotch chocolate tart. I mean the name itself says I need at least four bites.. to taste the salt, the butterscotch, the chocolate and then whole tart!



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  24. Holy cow, this absolutely does look "totally decadent, luscious, sinful"! Just gorgeous and absolutely calling my name! What a great ending to your super-fun day of adventures! And I totally get the angst of missing George yet also kinda wishing for a new friend to fill that void. Don't worry - the time will be right and it will all fall together! The right Skye will be ready for you when you (and Freddie!) are ready for it!

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  25. This little Skye terrier looks so cute!
    Sounds like you had a great weekend, Abbe.
    The tart looks irresistible, creamy and delicious.

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  26. Oooo...This looks amazing! I could probably eat the whole entire tart Abbe, which means this would be very dangerous in my house, Lol,,,,
    Great recipe!

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  27. AMAZING! I'm a big fan of salted caramel and salted chocolate but this looks like it could be my newest addiction.
    Cheers,
    Marie
    Substance of Living

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