Okay, so this tart was supposed to appear on the blog before Christmas but I got a little too into the merrymaking of it all. But I figure December as a whole is baking season and now that all the gifts have been purchased, and the elaborate tables have been set we actually have the time to, well, take our time in the kitchen and bake for fun. And I can tell you this Earl Grey Caramel Tart is very fun to make. It’s obviously more fun to eat but what dessert isn’t?
This is the second dish in this year’s nostalgia-themed holiday menu. And yes, we’re skipping right to dessert. It doesn’t appear to make sense, I realize that. But I figured this was the best place to put this Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Board because this is one of two dessert options. Yes, you have another dessert coming to you and I promise it will be more appropriately placed chronologically speaking. And when it comes to dessert and sugary things in general it pays to spread them out. Plus, this is a board and the Jalapeño Cold Pack appeared on a board, so they sort of make sense as a duo. Sort of. It doesn’t matter. What matters is this Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Board delivers elegant salty-sweet bliss. So let’s talk about it!
I know I’ve mentioned this before but I’m not much of a Halloween person. It’s not that I dislike the holiday. I kind of enjoy the energy of the day in general. It’s just that I don’t have many ideas surrounding it. I’m hopeless when it comes to costume concepts, I can’t plan a Halloween party and make it somehow different from a regular party, and I have next to no recipe ideas. Spooky treats are the furthest thing from my mind it seems. So today’s Blackberry Blackout Cake is more of an attempt at a Halloween-friendly dessert. How successful I was is really up to you. But I can assure you this cake is very delicious, very chocolatey, and gorgeously balanced. So while this may not be a Halloween cake, it is at least a delightful cake.
As much as I love to make fancy desserts, I prefer to eat slightly more, er, pedestrian ones. When it comes to sugary treats, give me the greatest hits. Chocolate and caramel make my heart sing, an entire bag of wine gums is my idea of luxury, and chocolate and peanut butter? Well, I can’t think of anything better. When it comes to dessert, I don’t show up to be challenged, I show up to play. I want something that is simple and pleasurable. Something over-the-top but blissfully familiar. I want something like these Peanut Butter Sesame Bars.