Summer chocolate dessert and a great giveaway!

by Monica Lazăr on June 30, 2013

Chocolate ganache dessert

This is a celebration dessert! Next week is International Chocolate Day and what else could be more appropriate  than accepting a beautiful challenge launched by the Romania British Council. Eliza invited me to participate in the “What can you do with 75 grams of chocolate?” contest and I just couldn’t refuse. I prepared a really easy but decadent dessert with chocolate ganache and red berries. It’s simple to prepare and it has those two best things in the world: chocolate and summer flavor! And because two contest  in a single post are better than one, I invite you to my  first giveaway! I am very happy that the gift for you is related to that part I like the most: photography! Pinch of Yum gave me a copy of the Tasty Food Photography ebook and also gave me the wonderful opportunity to offer to one of you a copy of this ebook. Tasty Food Photography ebook is extremely useful to any blogger who wants to discover the recipe for great photos, because we all know that a beautiful photography describes best our food. This ebook presents in an easy to understand way photography concepts such as: composition, lighting, props, home-made photography equipment and many other useful things that will help you capture delicious photos!

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Pinch of Yum also gives you the opportunity to purchase the book with  a 30% discount until July 8. I confess that I follow and admire Pinch of Yum for a long time, both because of the wonderful recipes as well as for the very useful information on resources and income tips. You can also find Pinch of Yum on  Facebook and Twitter. What do you have to do to win a free copy of the Tasty Food Photography ebook? Nothing more than to leave a comment on this post. Deadline is July 12,  9:00 pm. The winner will be chosen using Pick Giveaway Winner Widget. Good luck to you all!

Chocolate ganache dessert

Chocolate ganache dessert

Chocolate ganache dessert

Summer Chocolate Dessert

(For 2 servings) Chocolate Ganache 3 oz milk chocolate ¼ cup heavy cream 1/2 vanilla bean Tuile ¼ cup  flour 2 Tbsp cocoa powder ¼ cup butter (at room temperature) ¼ cup powdered sugar 2 egg whites (at room temperature) Raspberries, currants, blueberries

  1. The ganache will be prepared a day before because it needs to stay overnight in the fridge. The better the chocolate is, the better the ghanache will taste. I used Lindt milk chocolate and I was amazed of the perfect creamy  texture. This was the tastiest ganache so far.
  2. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and place it bowl.
  3. Heat the heavy cream (with half the content of a vanilla bean) up to the boiling point. Take it off the stove, pour it over the chocolate, leave it 1 minute, then with a whisk mix to get a fine and creamy chocolate mixture.
  4. Allow the mixture to get to room temperature, about 30 minutes, then put it in the fridge and let it stay there overnight.
  5. To prepare tuile layers, mix butter with powdered sugar and add egg whites. Then sift over flour and cocoa and stir with a spatula.
  6. Grease a baking sheet with butter and spread thin tuile layers. To get round layers, I made a homemade template cut from a cardboard. My layers had a 8-9 cm diameter.
  7. Bake layers in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes at 160-170C. After removing it from the oven, take the layers off the baking sheet as soon as possible because layers become extremely fragile after cooling. Here you can see how it’s done.
  8. When everything is ready, let ganache get at room temperature, put it in a posh and carefully fill the first tuile layer. Add also some raspberries. It is important to put first layer directly on the serving plate because it will be hard to move it after filling it with ganache and fruits. Then place the second tuile and fill with ganache and raspberries and so on until the last tuile.
  9. You can decorate with other berries and chocolate sauce. Serve immediately after assembly, while tuiles are still crispy, perfectly balancing the creamy chocolate texture!

Chocolate ganache dessert

Chocolate ganache dessert

Update:
The winner of the giveaway is: Leanne. Congratulations!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

catalina June 30, 2013

Eu am zis un sincer “wow” cand am vazut imaginea desertului. :) Iti doresc mult succes!

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Diana June 30, 2013

Minunat! <3

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Ile June 30, 2013

Arată absolut demențial!! Felicitări!

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Magda Adina June 30, 2013

Ca de fiecare data , o postare cu poze atat de frumoase incat le-am studiat de vreo trei ori si tot nu m-am saturat privindu-le !! …. iar despre desert , inghit doar in sec …. :(:(
Multa bafta si felicitari ptr ca ne incanti privirea cu cele mai frumoase poze din blogosfera culinara !! <3

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Daciana July 1, 2013

Mi-a placut extrem de mult ideea ta de Tuile pentru Ziua Internationala a Ciocolatei. Cel mai mult si cel mai mult imi place ciocolata intr-un desert, iar pentru mine the top of the top ar fi ciocolata cu condimente pentru care as da orice sa o pot invata ca la carte, I mean din boabe de cafea, de A la Z. Insa din pacate nu am gasit nici cartea si nici cursul cu pricina. Pana atunci insa nu pot decat sa-mi doresc sa aprofundez food photography, iar cartea Tasty Food Photogrtaphy ar fi o ocazie deosebita. Succes la concursul la care ai fost provocata! Il meriti din plin! Fotografiile cat si desertul sunt absolut de senzatie! ;)

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Anca B. July 1, 2013

Pozele sunt senzationale, reteta pe masura! Am senzatia ca faci magie!!!

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madscar July 2, 2013

This is amazing:) Love it!

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Hazila July 2, 2013

Yummy and beautiful…

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aishahias July 2, 2013

That looks good!

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Cristina July 2, 2013

Am inghitit in sec cateva minute… acum vreau desert cu ciocolata si zmeura!

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Andie July 2, 2013

Ce tare! Si pozele, si reteta, si giveaway-ul :) Eu chiar nu stiam de Pinch of Yum, da’ ce ma bucur ca ai scris despre, ca intr-adevar, e plin de resurse faine. Multumim, Moni!

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Bianca July 2, 2013

My oh my!! I am very excited about both this dessert and prize. I seldom enter giveaways, but this was one I could not resist. Your photos are gorgeous. Thank you.

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Paula Gafitescu July 2, 2013

Superbe poza!! Am admirat postarea asta a ta, si nu numai, de minute bune. Pozele tale sunt minunate ca de fiecare data si dau preparatului un farmec aparte. Felicitari din suflet!!

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The Saffron Girl July 2, 2013

Absolutely stunning and looks delicious!!

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zosia July 2, 2013

Such a nice recipe and beautiful photography!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom July 2, 2013

Hello! I am so happy that I stumbled across this post from Foodgawker! Your photos are absolutely beautiful. . I love the styling of everything. . and wow, what a gorgeous summer chocolate dessert! I would love to win the Tasty Food Photography e-book! and I have to say- what a gorgeous blog you have! Cheers!

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Erika July 2, 2013

Oh my GOSH your website is stunning!! I also just found your blog through Foodgawker and your website is just gorgeous. Love your header, love the styling, and LOVE the dessert! Can’t wait to check out more from you!

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Leanne July 2, 2013

Beautiful photos! Cannot wait to try out this recipe for a yummy treat!!

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Ania July 2, 2013

Stunning and very charming picture. I stay here for a while :)

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Rosa July 2, 2013

I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I am always in awe with your beautiful photography. I’ve been contemplating whether or not I should start a food blog myself, but with 3 small children, it’s hard to find the time. I do practise food photography when time permits, but I consider myself only an amateur. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

Rosa :-)

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Bakingyummies July 2, 2013

Your shots are very clear! pretty good photography I must say. Which camera do you use? I wish I can win this ebook it would be so helpful.

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Lokness @ The Missing Lokness July 2, 2013

Gorgeous chocolate dessert! This looks kind of like a chocolate version of the mille-feuille. This is a must try. I have to save this on my bookmarks. Thanks for sharing!

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Alina July 3, 2013

Felicitari pentru primul giveaway, many to come :) si bineinteles, felicitari pentru poze! De cand te-am descoperit prima oara imi face placere sa revin aici sa imi delectez ochii cu aceste minunate fotografii. Esti foarte talentata! Si intr-adevar, o fotografie spune mai mult decat 1000 de cuvinte. Multumesc pentru impartasirea acestei carti, care cu siguranta ne va fi utila tuturor.

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Mary Ellen July 3, 2013

Absolutely beautiful photos! May make this dessert next week when friends come in.

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Sharon July 3, 2013

Beautiful blog & photos! Great giveaway as well:)

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Becca Entenberg July 4, 2013

I’d love a copy!

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Carmen Tobias July 4, 2013

Superbe pozele si reteta! :) Am ramas fascinata ca de obicei!

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Anca July 4, 2013

<3 <3 <3 ce fotografii delicioase si o reteta minunata!!! <3 <3 <3

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Lucia July 4, 2013

Absolutely beautiful blog, photographs and food….inspirational. x

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catalina July 7, 2013

Imi place ceea ce faci pozele sunt delicioase !!!

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Ruxandra July 9, 2013

Arata minunat reteta. Ciocolata si cu zmeura.. pff. ador combinatia asta! Felicitari pt giveaway! Si eu urmaresc Pinch of Yum :)

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Carmen July 11, 2013

Summer Chocolate Dessert looks delicious!

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Katie @ Produce on Parade July 11, 2013

I have to say, your site and your photography is absolutely stunning. Very, very beautiful! Also, that cake looks ammmmmazing!

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I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going
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