This is my inaugural post in my new “As Seen on Pinterest” category. Before I get down to the meat and potatoes of this pie, let me explain what this series is all about. As you probably know by now, (and if you don’t… this is your official invitation to the party) Pinterest is one of the fastest growing, most addicting social sites on the internet. The recipe ideas are endless, and as a budding cook, it has served as an awesome source of inspiration. It’s also a huge time-waster. Anyone with me on that one?!
In all my pin trolling and testing, I’ve learned some recipes are hot, some are not, and some I mess up no matter how good they are! I’ve built up quite a collection of pins over the last few months. Now it’s time to dive in. So here I am, putting the most pin-teresting recipes to the test and seeing where it takes me. No do-overs. These reviews will be based on my first attempts at making the recipes, and I’ll award each one Pinterest Points. 1-5 points, kind of like stars, but you gotta love alliteration. Here we go!
I’m starting with this mouthwatering White Chocolate Raspberry Tart.
Thank goodness for the summer raspberry selection. Pints of berries seem to be abundant and fairly inexpensive right now. That’s what drew me to this recipe, and the picture sealed the deal for sure! Total Pinterest eye candy!
Ok, so the picture looks good. The recipe seems easy. But the real test comes in actually making it. Does the real thing look and taste as good as the picture would have us believe? Read on, friends. Read on!
(Disclaimer: these are just my opinions and experiences. You should always try the recipes for yourself!)
Right off the bat, the thing I loved about this recipe was the ingredient list. Short, sweet and to the point. Ready-made crust, raspberries, mascarpone cheese, whipping cream and of course white chocolate. The recipe didn’t specify what kind of chocolate so I used Ghiradelli chips.
This recipe delivered on the ease it promised. It literally took 5 minutes to assemble everything: Melting the chocolate, cream, and cheese then pouring it over the raspberries in the crust and off into the fridge to set. Easy peasy! Off to a good start!
Like a kid begging her mom to lick the bowl, I took a taste of the chocolate mixture and I got very excited about where this was heading. It was so luscious! I could barely wait the 3 hours until the recipe said the tart would be ready.
Ding, ding… 3 hours were up and it was time to dig in. Slight problem, the filling was not firm at all. I racked my brain trying to figure out what went wrong. Is my fridge not cold enough? Did I use the wrong kind of chocolate or cream or cheese? The answer is… I have no answer. I followed the recipe to a “t”. I ate a slice of my soupy tart anyway and I have to say, what it lacked it texture, it made up for in taste!. Amazing flavor and so delicious! I put it back in the fridge to see if it thickens overnight, but I’m not overly confident it will make a difference.
I wonder if cracking an egg in the filling and baking the pie for 15-20 minutes then refrigerating it would make for a firmer tart. That’s how I made my Rum Key Lime Pie and it worked fantastically. I may have to revisit this recipe and give it a try that way.
Overall, I’m giving this recipe 2.5 out of 5 Pinterest Points. It was only half way to a winner!