Dorie tells us France is a dark chocolate country and America more of a milk chocolate. That this tart is a delicious compromise…the filling mostly milk chocolate but just enough dark to give it a French edge.
The ganache is different too…with a smooth and creamy and slightly stretchy texture, just like a good caramel candy…which is funny and right on because my tasters said it reminded them of a Twix Bar. We were to get a sweet flavor but also a bit bitter from the caramelized sugar and also a bit spicy from the caramelized cinnamon. The extra step of caramelizing gives us a deep complex flavor that Dorie tells us is worth the effort.
I have to say I tried the cinnamon infused chocolate ganache from the bowl after I filled the crust and I was a little underwhelmed. I thought the cinnamon taste was very faint for all that effort. I was curious after chilling if it would be stronger.
After everyone ate a little…and were literally gushing over it. I was quizzing them to see if they could discern any other flavor than chocolate…no not really. I explained all the steps I went through to get the caramelized cinnamon and that it seemed disappointing that it wasn’t more pronounced. I was saying maybe I don’t need to do that then and they all we like…
“Oh no…you have to make it exactly the way you did because it might be the secret ingredient that makes it so good even if we can’t taste it directly!” 😂😂
So I guess I do all the step again haha. Maybe it is like Dorie told us…the steps give us a depth of flavor…maybe more of a background but makes it just so delicious.
Seriously, they all absolutely loved this one…and btw said the salted caramel is a must.
As my Dad said, “This one is on the hit parade”. It’s a keeper for sure!