Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays - Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte

Sweet Melissa Sundays, what imagination has everyone brought with her OR him for today? I am sooo curious!

I played, I admit it. A rich, chocolate, dense dessert with a layer of bright red, juicy raspberries calls for emergency intervention. I have blisters on my feet from wearing the cute shoes instead of the walking shoes when hubby and I walked 5 miles around the neighborhood yesterday evening; I do not want to limp on the treadmill because I ate a HUGE serving of this decadent dessert.

(Sigh), yeppers, the Myers dark rum WAS added in "but" I cut the dessert in half. The problem was: Do I put this in "two" 4-inch springform pans or (1)? I decided on two 4-inch pans so my little truffles were not beamingly thick. The red raspberry sauce on page 176 was a necessary addition and really added a layer of sweet/tart flavor to the chocolate raspberry truffle torte.

I felt the dessert needed a special plate so out came the painter's palate plate. My first time using the plate and so, of course, the raspberry sauce had to be the medium.
Jennifer, this dessert rocked the house! Great job for your choice and for hosting! Go to Jennifer's blog The Rookie Baker for the recipe AND to check out her magnificent chocolate raspberry truffle torte. We have 52 bakers in our SMS group and what a fun, talented group we all are! Take a little you time and see how the rest of us played with this dessert . . . Click here (You know you want too.)

I have JUST GOT TO ADD a note about me finding and falling head-over-heels for a NEW grocery store (new to me) aimed toward organic everything called Metropolitan (a whole 25 minutes from my house). I did not love the prices for a half/pint of yellow raspberries, $5.99 and I did not love the fact they bagged said raspberries on their side so when I got them home, half of the contents were mashed. I did ooh and ahh over every aisle but the cat and dog food aisle. They had homemade plain yogurt with a layer of cream on top for heaven's SAKE! (I bought a pint of the yogurt.) A sign was up to order caviar a day in advance and you could get any grade (for a price =) . . . ). The fresh baked breads was amazing, the kitchen gadget section had me hunting in circles several times to keep from missing anything . . . bright colors, shapes and they all screamed "take me home", and I did (okay, the melon baller was a necessary purchase). Freshly made caramelized onion dip, baked white corn tortilla chips, balsamic soaked small white onions, frozen wild huckleberries, freshly made pappardelle pasta in the refrigerator section (made at a small company out of Seattle), freshly smoked wild salmon, and whole wheat/dried cranberry thin crackers all found my mini cart. So FUN!
Happy baking everyone!!!! =0)


Flourchild said...

Your torte and the way you displayed it looks incredible! Im glad you all liked it.
The new store sounds so fun! Im sure you will enjoy it a ton!
Im glad your working out and enjoying your summer!!
I had to pass on this one..crazy week..Monique was in a hit and run car accident. She is sore but doing fine..

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Love the plate!!! Torte looks great too.

Good luck with my Cookbook Giveaway!


Sweet and Savory said...

What an artistic presentation of that delicious torte.

You walked five miles in heels!!!!!!!

Nina said...

Love it! This looks great. Love the plating most of all.

Julie said...

I love this as a mini! So cute! The new grocery store sounds amazing!

Future Grown-Up said...

I'm not a big chocolate person but this looks yummy enough for me to wish that I'd given it a chance this week. Love using the painters palette plate for the display!

Mrs. G said...

Your mini-torte looks great and what a presentation on that plate!

The Bahens said...

Such a cute presentation!

Candy Girl said...

Great idea to add the raspberry sauce (one of my favorite recipes in the book)! Gorgeous!

I'm totally jealous of the grocery store!

rebecca said...

The individual plating is beautiful. And the new organic store sounds fantastic!

Mary said...

Your dessert sounds gorgeous and your presentation is extraordinary. I'd love to walk the aisles of that new market. It sounds like a great spot to shop - if you can afford it :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous and delicious torte! Beautifully presented!

Ally said...

Your torte is beautiful! I wish I had made mine with smaller pans!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Hi Shandy,

FYI- You'll need to comment on all 7 posts (see rules) to qualify for my cookbook giveaway.

You don't have to do it daily, but comments need to be entered by

Take care!


margot said...

Your torte looks beautiful and I love your palette plate, so fun!

Yikes on the smashed raspberries (I actually like bagging my own groceries for reasons such as that one), but that store sounds incredible!

Gloria said...

Excellent presentation! Looks amazing!

Eliana said...

Lovely presentation Shandy. I love it.

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