Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart

We had some friends over for a games night on Saturday. In the email chain setting up the details, Jay made a comment about getting me to bake something, and suggested that I’d likely take requests. I responded with “No requests! You get what you get, and in this case, you get chocolate hazelnut mousse tart, ’cause that’s what’s on my schedule. Like my peanut butter pie, but hazelnut.” 6 of the 8 of us have had my version of the peanut butter pie from the Pie & Pastry Bible at least twice, so I figured this hazelnut version would likely go over well. I also figured that I had enough hazelnut praline powder from the hazelnut praline cookies, but it turns out I didn’t, and I ended up stretching it with peanut butter, anyway. That decision did not go over poorly.

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Chocolate Génoise with Whipped Peanut Butter Ganache

Like many, I wondered how this week’s heavenly cake bakers selection would work. It seems an odd combination of flavours — chocolate, black raspberry liqueur, and peanut butter. Chocolate and peanut butter, I get, completely, but add black raspberry into the mix? That being said, when Marie, our host, likened it to a peanut butter and jam sandwich with chocolate bread, it clicked.

When I went looking for Chambord at the LCBO, I knew I only needed a couple of tablespoons of the stuff. There was no way I was about to pay $40+ for a big bottle of Chambord when I only needed two tablespoons. We looked around for anything that we figured would work well with peanut butter and chocolate. We determined that it pretty much had to be a berry flavour. My husband spotted this:

Framboise

At $15 a bottle, I was willing to give this Framboise (raspberry dessert wine) a shot. Plus, hey, it’s from just down the highway, instead of coming across the ocean, which I’m always in favour of. When the cashier asked if we’d tried it before, I replied that we hadn’t, and she informed me that it was really flavourful. “Perfect!”

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Spice cupcakes with peanut buttercream

Cupcake!
Cupcake!

This week, the heavenly cake bakers had “free choice” week. We’re each picking a recipe (some have done more than one) that has already been made during this bake-through, either one that Marie made before the rest of the group joined in, or one that has already been made by the group. I chose the very first recipe that Marie blogged about. You can see her post here. This is one of the three recipes she was allowed to post, so if you want to try it out, check out her post. My husband loves both spice cake (his favourite prior to this was my Mom’s recipe) and peanut butter, so when I saw this cake, I knew I had to make it. Yes, I’m lazy and it’s taken me this long to follow through on that. 😉 Continue reading “Spice cupcakes with peanut buttercream”