I have a sweet tooth. I have indulged my sweet tooth my whole life. I have eaten a lot of great desserts in all kinds of places. I have a mother who has won blue ribbons at the county fair for her baking; I have eaten at Michelan starred restaurants; I have eaten at bakeries and restaurants in every corner of the world; I have baking skills and deploy them whenever I get a hankering for a treat…. through all this I have had mind blowingly great desserts.
But, a couple of days ago – it happened, I ate the singularly greatest dessert I have ever had in my life. It was not something my mom made. (sorry mom, I need to tell her about this dessert). I was at a fund raiser dinner I was not expecting anything…. when….
Out came the dessert, it was like a little column of chocolate, sitting on a little sea of chocolate sauce. I cracked the dark chocolate shell open and inside was a pale, chocolate colored creamy substance. The menu had described the dessert as a chocolate “cheesecake” with peanut butter and pretzels. Huh? You can see why I was not expecting much. But the inside did not have the consistency of cheesecake, nor did it have a strong cheese taste but rather it was light, fluffy, creamy with a hint of milk chocolate flavor. A bite of the creamy middle sitting on the hard, dark chocolate shell – fabulous.
What pushed it over the edge though, was that inside the dark chocolate shell, the creamy middle sat on top of a layer of creamy peanut butter and a salty crust. So when you prepared a very carefully engineered spoonful – including the hard out shell, the chocolate middle, the peanut butter and the crusty – WOOHOO – the best dessert – ever. Loved it. (Disclaimer: you have to be a chocolate lover.)
It looked great too – that little chocolate column was a creative design.