Booklish #7: Through the Woods Tart

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Emera first shared Emily Carroll’s horror webcomic “His Face All Red” with me several years ago. It’s an unsettling, inconclusive tale of two brothers who set out to kill a wolf that has been terrorizing their village, but nothing is what it seems. The story is a swirl of fearful trips to the forest, sloshing cheers in taverns, village gossip, paranoid insomnia, feral intentions, and inexplicably spilt blood. I wanted to create a confection that would evoke the comic’s vivid color palette and capture the flavors of bravado, fear, and death.

The surface cracks unexpectedly— a hard shell of tempered chocolate conceals the interior instead of the usual soft chocolate ganache filling. Inside is a well of color and flavor, a slightly bitter and acidic mixed berry compote, cloying in its thickness but not sweetness.

The mixture is chewy, with caramelized ginger and boiled citrus zest. The deep blue-red of the filling, the dark brown of chocolate, the brittle crust studded with pecans, all evoke the imagery of the forest and the evil secret buried beneath its floor.

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– K


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