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Peanut Butter Cheese Tart

Peanut Butter Cheese Tart

Peanut Butter Cheese Tart

Peanut Butter Cheese Tart

1-Caramel, as the name suggests, is a patisserie cafe under the 1-Rochester dining group. Having been there a couple of times, the wide and pretty selection of cakes in their display counter never fails to make our mouths water and our tummies growl. And here were were yesterday, satisfying our hunger and craving for cakes!

First up was the Peanut Butter Cheese Tart – peanut butter cream cheese tart with a hint of lemon and a crunchy layer of hazelnut praline. Expecting a strong peanut butter taste similar to that of Reese’s peanut butter cups or the Skippy peanut butter jam we have at home, we were a little disappointed as the peanut butter was comparatively less creamy and rich. It was also much sweeter. Guess it could be due to the cheese? There were little peanut bits inside too, but those weren’t crunchy at all. The tart was topped with a chunk of ganache like chocolate, which has a texture similar to the center of chocolate pralines. There was a slight Marzipan taste to it as well. Comparing the chocolate tart from Laurent Bernard Chocolatier with this, the base of this tart was sweeter and somehow, less tart-like. In general, the peanut butter cheese tart was a little on the sweet side, but still a good cake worth trying.

Chocolate Slut

Chocolate Slut

Chocolate Slut

Chocolate Slut

The second cake we tried was the Chocolate Slut – multiple layers of chocolate flourless sponge, caramel peanut butter mousse, marshmallow chunks, crispy struesel dough glazed with rich, dark coating. Does it really look like a slutty cake? Well, we’re not too sure, but this cake definitely exudes elegance and looks rather pretty with the chocolate bead necklace. First bite into the cake – it was smooth and soft; it totally melts in your mouth!! There was some ferrero rocher-like biscuit embedded within the cake and with the little chocolate beads, there was an added crunchiness to the cake. On the other hand, though the description read peanut butter mousse, we could not detect any strong peanut butter taste. After eating around half a slice, we got a little overwhelmed with chocolate. The cake was rather heavy and dense with chocolate, hence one could get sick of it rather easily (thankfully we shared!).

2 cakes from 1-Caramel were enough to satisfy 2 chocolate crazy girls. In addition do give the Strawberry Short Cake and Chocolate Berry Lust a try too. We’ve tried these a couple of years ago and they were pretty nice too.

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Written by foodphd

February 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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