Finally, this is moment I have been waiting for...The moment for me to open up to you about literally the best dessert I have ever tasted. I honestly can't draw out the exact name of the dessert, because every time I try to remember, I embellish the supposed name with overflowing words I'd use to describe the heavenly taste, and so the supposed title becomes too much to take at one read...And so in the caption of the second photo above, I restrained myself with utmost effort to make the name of the dessert as simple as possible. :) "Chocolate Pudding Tart" it says, yet I must tell you once again that this dessert was SO much more than that...
This delicate square of pure deliciousness touched my lips when I visited a cafe called Sweet Butter in LA (It was very Nancy Meyers-esque in terms of decoration and the general aura...The place couldn't be more welcoming and alluring!). I had heard so many good things about it such as how amazing the handcrafted pastries and desserts were, and how the place is even well-known to celebrities, that I couldn't resist dragging my family there when I had the chance. And as we walked through the furniture-decorated hallway dividing the separate worlds of the kitchen and the marketplace/cafe, and as we entered through the doors to the cafe world, I decided that whatever I'd order will not only complement the rich, bitter taste of my iced latte, but that it will also be new and exciting to me as to act like an escape from the smoldering, hot weather occurring in LA.
And boy was the chocolate pudding tart an escape! :D
As I sat on the lovingly decorated cushions of the outdoor seating area (featured in the photo above) and watched the bustling, lively streets of Sherman Oaks fill the blue sky, I allowed my spoon to interrupt the perfect unity between pudding and crust--my shiny, silver weapon cut discretely through the soft, slightly-set mass of chocolate lusciousness; then, all of a sudden, the hard, flat crust took my weapon by surprise, as it had to push just a bit harder to give me the first bite of the treat.
The two parts--the dense yet pillow-soft pudding and the solid hard crust--were the ying and yang of dessert. It was also by how the richness of the dark chocolate, which intermingled with the pure sweetness of the recognizable pudding flavor, complemented the mild saltiness and rough texture of the bottom barrier that held everything together...This was what especially intrigued me about the tart...I was almost taken over by how the dessert contained opposites that were so far away from each other, that they paired perfectly--If that makes any sense. :)
This exhilarating revelation became my escape from the melt-ensuing hot weather. Not only that, but the feeling of escapism also came from the way the cafe had kept the pudding portion cool enough before serving the dessert, so that I could distinguish that refreshing feeling from the humid air surrounding me...And so as I took in each and every bite of the square of gold, I could feel the pudding melt on my tongue as quickly as a fragile ice cube, while my taste buds were being slightly coated by the rich cocoa powder that had been perfectly dusted on the tart when served.
It's easy to tell that I was very impressed by the way the 'Chocolate Pudding Tart' was crafted--And it was impossible for me to see it merely as a dessert; I had to claim it as a piece of artwork never to be ignored, that should be displayed through all of LA and throughout this blog post!
I hope that if you ever visit Sherman Oaks, you will decide to take a cool break from the hot Sun and indulge yourself with this heaven that's shaped like a deeply chocolate-hued square. ;)