Sunday, April 8, 2012

Where did the time go?...Baking Doux a Year Later!

Today marks the One Year Anniversary for Baking Doux. So exciting......

Where in the world did the time go?! One year ago, I remember sitting in my living room contemplating what I could do with my interest in baking. Then for some crazy reason.....the next thing I knew Baking Doux was born.

Within seconds, I had purchased a URL and set up this blog. Let's just say at that moment...I had no ideas about blogs, URLs or even how to edit pictures. On top of that, those close to me know I lacked the ability to take decent photos. I was always the one who "borrowed" photos from friends to remember special occasions. (Luckily my friends were willing to share.) Now, I am still attempting to figure out photography but I learn as I go. I am always thinking of new ideas on how to improve this blog (as well as life in general). 

I always attempt to be a glass half-full individual. Because of this, I love to learn and grow. Don't get me wrong, I fail on occasion but I work hard to learn from each experience which makes the next possibility that much sweeter! Each year that passes, I realize I can hold on to the past and how things were or be excited for the possibilities and mold my own future. 

When I started, I didn't know much about this crazy venture but felt it would be a great idea as an outlet for my baking. Previously, I tended to make all of my baking ideas when no one was around..searching for individuals to sample the results for me (that or fill my freezer). 

Now, a year later,  I love being able to look back over the year, see the history of my baking as well as my own personal life and remember the moments these recipes and events remind me of (some good/some bad). The growth I see over the year makes me excited for the possibilities for tomorrow (see there goes that glass half-full 

This trip down memory lane made me realize one of my classics has never been posted on the blog. Not sure how I missed my standard tart over the year span. So I offer you the classic: Chocolate Ganache Tart with Grey Sea Salt

Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful time with family and friends remembering the importance of life. Let's hope this next year is even better than the last!!!

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Grey Sea Salt

7 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
1/3 C Sugar
1/4 Tsp Vanilla
1 C Unbleached Flour
Pinch of Salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Using fork, mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl until incorporated. Transfer dough to rectangular tart pan with removable bottom. Using fingertips, press dough evenly onto sides and bottom of pan. Use a tart stamper (or bottom of a measuring cup) to even out the dough. Pierce dough with a fork all over and line dough with foil and fill with pie weights or uncooked beans.

Bake crust until golden, about 30 minutes (crust will puff slightly while baking). Transfer crust to rack, remove pie weights and cool in pan.

10 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tsp Vanilla

Pinch of Sea Salt

Place chocolate in a mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour hot cream, through a sieve, over chocolate. Stir until smooth and creamy in texture. Mix in vanilla.

Pour chocolate mixture through sieve into cooled tart shell. Sprinkle with Sea Salt.  Chill for 1 hour.