Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TWD: Mint and Chocolate Split-Level Pudding

Originally, I wasn't going to make these split-level puddings. We're not...how you say...pudding people around my house, and it seemed like a waste of time and energy to make something no one would really eat. But then, my friends, I had a vision.

A vision of adorable mini pudding glasses filled with rich chocolate ganache sloping downward at an artistic angle, a vision of creamy pale green pudding infused with fresh mint leaves, a vision of these pudding glasses topped by the weensiest of chocolate truffles and garnished with more fresh mint leaves. And friends, I had to make this vision a reality. CAN I GET AN AMEN?

Yes, for me, this week was all about style over substance. If we weren't going to gobble down the pudding, at least we could rhapsodically gaze at it for awhile. Want to recreate my vision? Making the asymetrical ganache layer is dead simple--the hardest part is finding a sturdy way to tilt your glasses/containers so that they can stay at an angle. Sometimes balancing them in an egg carton works. For these glasses, I placed them in a box, leaning against the side, and wedged a book underneath so they wouldn't fall. Then I piped in the ganache when it was nice and warm and liquidy, and carefully placed the box in the fridge to set the ganache. Once it's set, you can remove it from the setup and the ganache will stay at an angle in the cups.
I'm a little obsessed with mint right now, so there was no question that the pudding would be infused with fresh mint leaves. The flavor is so subtle yet refreshing, there's really no comparison with mint extract. And it's so lovely against the chocolate ganache. I wasn't sure about coloring the pudding, but the thought of a mint-flavored pale yellow pudding seemed wrong (I guess I'm a literalist) so I added just a smidge of green color and prayed that green pudding wouldn't be too off-putting.

The extra ganache was rolled into tiny truffles, and some extra mint leaves were used as garnish on top. They were mainly for decoration, but I also liked how they added more chocolate flavor, since the recipe as written provides a lot more pudding than ganache.

And how did they taste? Well, someone--let's not name names, now--forgot to add the butter to the pudding, so it was a little stiffer and less silky than one would hope. And rubbery pudding, even when paired with nice chocolate ganache, is not so delightful. But the flavors were good, and they looked great, so I guess this counts as a win for the week, once again proving that it's appearances, not what's inside, that truly counts.

23 comments:

  1. An outstanding idea and creation! Well done.

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  2. Yours is only the second one I've looked at, but you win for best looking this week! GREAT. I actually, besides being out of town and was way too busy, skipped this because it just seemed to plain and I couldn't think of what to do with it. You rock! And you're so funny in your posts.
    I did post a make up of last week's tart that I missed.

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  3. Never mind amen, how about if we hold hands and sing kumbaya?

    I tried doing the sloping ganache too, but let's just say I wasn't as successful as you were!

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  4. WOW! WOW! WOW! The presentation is amazing!
    It is very nice indeed to play with something as versatile and plain as pudding, and give it all kinds of creative kicks! Very, very nice Liz!

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  5. Way to make pudding pretty. It looks wonderful and the mint/chocolate combo sounds delicious.

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  6. looks so pretty! I failed on styling this week

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  7. Anything with chocolate and mint gets an AMEN from me. These look great (and we would never have known about the butter mishap if you hadn't fessed up).

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  8. I love the way you plated and photographed this dish. Gorgeous!

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  9. Beautiful presentation, Mint and chocolate are such perfect companions!

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  10. Gorgeous! I love the presentation. At least yours was edible. Mine was lumpy, eggy, basically just crappy. :)

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  11. Crumb Fairy In Da House10:16 PM

    Can I call a spade a spade here? You don't like pudding and then you SABOTAGE the pudding. I'm just saying.
    Good use of a book though.
    Oh, and AMEN.

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  12. Amen :) Love the presentation of the whole thing. Who needs substance when you've got style!

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  13. WOW!!! The presentation, the truffles, the fresh mint infusion, everything is amazing about this! You win Top dessert in my book! Sorry about the butter though! Amen Hallelujah!

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  14. Those. Are. Beautiful. Very creative. I love slanted puddings. Yours are perfect. Glad you made them and showed us how it SHOULD be done.

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  15. That looks so great! Even the spoonful of pudding looks great!

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  16. Love it. you are awesome!

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  17. Those are beautiful! I want one right now!!

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  18. I love your creativity. I don't think the green looks bad at all. The little truffle balls are extraordinary. Amazing.

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  19. OMG send me some already.

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  20. OMG this is really beautiful!! Best one I've seen the entire week! Sorry you didn't like it as much, but it sure makes for an amazing dessert for a party!

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  21. Well done! These would not last long in my house though :)

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  22. Hey dude! I never seen before this item. It is looking very tasty. As I am always ready to try new things, I am going to make this one on this weekend only. Hope it will become as shown in pictures. Wish me best of luck dear.

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  23. beautiful presentation!

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