Chocolate ganache tart with apple chips

Chocolate ganache tart

And a talk about a cognitive bias
Chocolate apple tart
Chocolate apple tart recipe

Ingredients

For the apple chips

  • 2 Val Venosta Golden Apples

For the tart

  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 80g unsalted butter, diced
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 2 medium size eggs
  • a pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 300g coconut milk, full fat
  • 250g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa
  • 10 dried rose buds, for herbal tea

Method

For the apple chips

→ Preheat the oven at 100°C.

 

→ Line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper.

 

→ Cut the apples into 1-to-2-mm-thick slices and place them in the lined trays. The apple slices can be slightly overlaid, as they will shrink while baking.

 

→ Bake for about 1h 30min, turning each apple chip upside down every 15-20min. The chips should be dry crisp and golden once they are done.

 

→ Let the apple chips cool down completely before storing them into an airtight container.

For the tart crust

→ Pour flour and butter in a medium size bowl. Break the butter into the flour by rubbing the ingredients between your fingers, until you get a sandy mixture.

 

→ Stir in salt and sugar.
Incorporate the eggs and quickly knead into an even dough.

 

→ Place the dough in a container and refrigerate for at least 30min.

 

→ Line a 24-cm-diameter tart pan with parchment paper.

 

→ Roll the dough into a 5-mm-thick disk and place it in the lined pan. Cut the excess from the borders and gently poke the bottom of the tart with a fork. Place the tart in the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.

 

→ Preheat the oven at 180°C, parbake the tart crust for 10min and then bake for 20min, or until evenly golden. Let it cool down completely before filling with the chocolate ganache.

For the dark chocolate ganache

→ Finely chop the dark chocolate and set it aside.

 

→ Pour the coconut milk in a small saucepan, add the rose buds and warm it up over low heat. Turn down the heat before the milk starts simmering. Let the rose buds infuse for 2-3min before removing them.

 

→ Add the chopped chocolate to the coconut milk and stir with a spatula until well combined. Pour the ganache in the tart crust and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until the ganache is firm.

 

→ Decorate the tart with the apple chips right before serving.

Creative talk

Error 404: Golden Ticket not found 🎟️

 

I grew up in the era of VHS and DVDs, when watching a movie meant owning it or borrowing it from a friend. I used to watch each movie at least 5 times. Naturally, each film etched a memory or a moment in my mind.

Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory did much more — it created a bias. From a psychological standpoint, bias refers to the inclination to form a subjective perspective influenced by non-rational factors. This inclination may lead to a deviation in one’s perception of ideas or concepts. What does a bias have to do with the Chocolate Factory? You’ve probably experienced countless times opening a chocolate bar to make a dessert or just to have a square along with coffee. Imagine that every time you unwrap it, you become one of the children in the movie, with eyes full of excitement, hoping to find the golden ticket.

That’s me.

I can’t help but feeling that sooner or later I’ll find a hidden ticket. And every time I perform that action I have a little jolt, a slight shiver of anxiety, and a silly hope that this time might be the one.

 

What’s the catch with this bias? I always end up disappointed and disappointment needs consoling. Good thing I have chocolate at hand.

If you too have a bias, you’re not alone. We’re victims of it every day, mainly through social interaction or marketing levers, but not exclusively. Slowly but surely, we create our own biases. You’ll find some interesting resources below. And if you ever need consoling, I recommend trying this chocolate ganache tart.

 

Edit: Still no luck with the golden ticket.

 

— Leo

 

→ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) directed by Tim Burton, with Johnny Deep as Willy Wonka, is the movie I used to watch as a kid.

 

→ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) directed by Mel Stuart, is the iconic version that inspired some of my favorite memes.

 

→ About biases, here is an interesting book:

Kahneman, D. (2011). Heuristics and Bias. Thinking, Fast and Slow (pp 145-261). London: Penguin Books.

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