The first time he gave a talk, he only found out afterwards that he was expected to bring a treat. Man, was I scolded! (Not really, at all.) So this week, I've been testing out my baking skills as to not disappoint the department this time around.
Last night I made a Blood Orange Chocolate Ganache Tart, and I will not be serving it to the department. It is just too fucking special. It does take forever to prepare, but the reward is worth it. This is pure chocolate, tempered only with a cup of whipping cream and 4 tablespoons of orange syrup. If you don't like dark chocolate, or chocolate and orange, you're not going to like this. But if you do, oh goodness. Watch out.
I heated a pot of whipping cream to boiling and drowned my chocolate pieces in it, stirring to melt. I arranged the orange slices over the bottom of the tart shell, and added the left-over syrup to the chocolate ganache. Then it was a simple pour into the shell, topped with a candied orange slice. All that was left to do was exercise an exceeding amount of patience until the tart set up.