Baking Together with Abby Dodge

Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffle Tart

by JenniferA - Bread and Putter on May 27, 2011

You know I love Abby Dodge. So, when Abby posted her invitation to bloggers to bake together in the month of May, you know I was on board. Abby provided us with her gorgeous Chocolate Truffle Tart recipe and encouraged us to make it our own with change-ups and mix-ins.

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If you think my photos look a little worse than usual, you are right! My camera is in the shop.

My first order of business was to obtain a tart pan with a removable bottom. If I had given myself more time, I could have checked more places but I ended up at a super store that starts with B’s and rhymes with Ed, Ath and Eyond. Alas, ol’ Ed, Ath and Eyond didn’t have much of a selection and I ended up with an 11-1/2” tart pan instead of the 9-1/2” Abby’s recipe calls for. Oh darn. More chocolate tart. Such a hardship.

I consulted with Abby on Twitter and we decided that increasing the quantities by 25% ought to do the trick.

My next task was to decide exactly how I was changing it up. Last week was my younger stepdaughter’s 21st birthday (21??? How did that happen so fast??), so I let her choose between chocolate with orange, lemon, peanut butter or raspberry. She chose peanut butter and who was I to argue? We love peanut butter in this house and peanut butter and chocolate are soul mates.

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The process pictures were taken with my phone and final product pictures were taken with a borrowed camera

I didn’t quite figure out how I was getting the peanut butter in until I was actually baking. I started by putting some into the graham cracker crust. And since peanut butter extract doesn’t seem to exist (get on that, McCormick!), I put some almond extract into the chocolate instead of rum.

It needed way more PB though, so I considered layers. I even tried to spread some right on the crust but that definitely didn’t work. The crust started falling apart and the peanut butter made a sticky mess. I clearly needed something mixed with the PB to make it more spreadable/pourable. I raided the fridge and pantry and came up with cream cheese, heavy cream, and sugar. I beat them all together in my stand mixer along with more peanut butter and had my creamy, peanut buttery layer.

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Since I increased the chocolate filling ingredients by 25%, it didn’t all quite fit into the tart pan. But it’s okay – I found another use for it, but that’s another post.

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With my creamy peanut butter layer, I figured I could go easy on the topping but I wanted something at least a little more unusual than plain whipped cream. Instead, I whipped some crème fraiche with a little sugar and vanilla. Crème fraiche has a little tang to it like yogurt which I thought was a nice foil for all that sweet, rich chocolate. My husband disagreed and did not care for the tang. If you are tang-averse, you may want to go a more traditional route! I piped the topping around the edges of the tart instead of covering the whole thing, which later made my husband happy when he cut himself a piece from the middle of the tart with no topping at all.

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I really enjoyed the creative process of making this tart my own. Thanks for all the inspiration, Abby!

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abby dodge May 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Crazy, CRAZY about this peanut butter layer! and the creme fraiche topping is the perfect balance!

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JenniferA - Bread and Putter May 28, 2011 at 12:47 am

Thank you so much, Abby!! I loved taking part in Baking Together and I’m really looking forward to the next challenge.

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Yuri May 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Leftover chocolate filling? Wish I had that problem ;) I loved this recipe and its so much fun seeing what other bakers have done with it. Happy Friday!

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JenniferA - Bread and Putter May 28, 2011 at 12:48 am

Thank you for visiting, Yuri! I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s different versions. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon May 29, 2011 at 3:40 am

In the name of all that is good in the world, please send me a slice of this tart.

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JenniferA - Bread and Putter May 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

If I still had some, I totally would. This disappeared pretty fast in my house!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary May 31, 2011 at 1:51 am

Bread and Putter? Peanut Butter? There is a poem in there somewhere but in lieu of that…I’ll take your poetic license with this tart. Wait, with this MONSTER tart. Wanna trade a piece…now that should be our next challenge!

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