Marcel Desaulniers Rocky Road Cake Anyone?
I haven't made this, but if you love chocolate and can prepare the components over time, I'm sure you'll find it worthwhile.
Does anyone by chance own Desaulniers' Desserts to Die For? I loaned mine and never got it back, and I want to be able to make the Cranberry Crostata.
Crust: Combine 1/14 C. ap flour, 1 tsp. sugar and a bit of salt on the bowl of an electric stand mixer, mix briefly. Then add 1/2 C. chopped walnuts LESS 2 TBS, and combine. Add 4 Tbs. chilled unsalted butter cut into 1" pieces. Mix abbout 2 mins. until the dough has a rough look to it. In another small bowl combine 1 egg yolk with 3 Tbs. ice water and add to the dough. Mix on low until a loose dough is formed. Remove from mixer and form into a ball and wrap in plastic and refrigerate at leasy 2 hours
Begin to prepre the filling immediately.
Heat 1 C. heavy cream and 1/4 C. sugar in a sauce pan over med. heat stirring to dissolve the sugar, bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer 6 mins and is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and add 1 C. deied cranberries, 1/1/2 C. chopped toasted walnuts and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Line a 9" pie plate with plastic wrap and then add the cramberry mixture spreading it evenly. Chill until ready to bake crostata.
preheat oven to 375. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper and roll into a 14" circle and 1/8" thick using up to 1/4 C. flour to prevent sticking. Place rolled dough on the parchment paper on to a baking sheet. Then invert the chilled filling on the dough, discard the plastic wrap and begin folding the crust over the filling leaving a window in the middle. Refrigerate 10 minutes
In a small bowl whisk 1 lg. egg yolk and then brush the top of the crostata with it and sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar and 2 tsp. finely chopped walnuts. Bake in the center of your over about 30 mins. Allow to cool 15 minutes before serving.