Crumble

Pear Crumble


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 you have not yet decided on a stunning dessert for your holiday party, you might want to strongly consider this one. It is easy to make, can be made in advance and looks and tastes like a million bucks. Otherwise, promise yourself that you’ll prepare this as soon as sanity has returned to your kitchen after the holidays. I am sure it’s ease of preparation, as well as it’s deliciousness, will make it one of your standby’s, just as it has become one of mine. When you prepare this, make sure you let the crumble rest at  least 30 minutes in a warm place to let it set. If you want to re-heat it, give it enough time to get warm in low heat (about 20 minutes at 300F), then a bit under the broiler to re-crisp the crust. – You’re welcome 🙂 >
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble

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Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble      (My kind of food porn – no tweezers required)

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Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble

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Preparation :

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Death by Chocolate

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” Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine “

This is my gift to anybody who is not a well versed pastry chef, but a diehard chocolate lover (or a lover of a diehard chocolate lover), who sometimes has to prepare his or her own chocolate fix on short notice without much fuss. I doubt that there are many chocolate desserts out there which are as easy to prepare, yet as rich in texture and pure chocolate goodness as this little gem. Even if you have two left hands, had a few too many drinks, are legally blind and have a case of the jitters, you should still be able to prepare this dish at a moments notice without any difficulty 🙂
You have a choice of the texture being ultra smooth, or, as I did here, studded with shards of chocolate for a more crunchy version. (I’ll explain below)
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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Ingredient’s :

Mascarpone cheese,
Chocolate fudge brownies,   (or substitute with your favorite brownies or cookies)
Dark rum,   (or substitute with your favorite booze)
Dark bitter chocolate,   (or substitute with your favorite chocolate
Mango,   (or substitute with your favorite fruit)

Method :

1)    Soak brownies in plenty of rum.
2)   Crumble and whisk until smooth.
3)   Whisk mascarpone until smooth.
4)   Temper chopped chocolate until melted and smooth.
5)   Mix cookies and mascarpone until well blended and smooth.
6)   Slowly add chocolate to mascarpone while whisking vigorously.
7)   Or, alternatively, in order to have a more crunchy texture, add a thin film of chocolate to top of mascarpone without stirring. Let set for a few seconds, then break up the set chocolate and mix into mascarpone. Continue to add remaining chocolate to mascarpone while whisking vigorously.
8)  If desired, add sugar, vanilla and  lemon juice to your liking. ( I usually don’t add anything, for me, the taste of the cheese, rum, chocolate and brownies is just perfect, nothing else needed.
9)   Fill into mold of your choice, let set overnight.
10) To serve, slice terrine or scoop into spheres or quenelles. Decorate with fruit of your choice.
11) Eat, be very happy 🙂

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Life is Good !
Say hi to your sweet tooth from me 🙂
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