So, you know how I almost set my kitchen on fire? These made up for that.
Quick recap, since the recipe has been strewn about:
(1) Making beet juice in a Vitamix looks like I murdered someone
(2) Beet ice cream is pretty at all stages (and, might I add, a great Valentine's food, if you are going with a red theme)
(3) I love chocolate, especially when in comes in the form of flourless chocolate cake
(4) Beet chips are surprisingly delicious
(5) It takes forever to reduce poaching liquid to 2/3 a cup for toasted walnut sauce, but the resulting candied walnuts look yummy.
And, now that we have recapped:
I had finished all of the thirty-billion parts that go into this dessert. All that was left to be done was un-molding the cakes. I put a little warm water in the bottom of a pan (at least, I think this is what I did - i'm a lightweight, so i'm pretty toasty three glass of wine in). I won't say they unmolded "easily," but they came out pretty well.
I (mostly) dropped each cake into a small circle of toasted walnut sauce. Around the chocolate cake, I stacked a few beet chips, a scoop of beet ice cream, a couple of walnuts. Then I sprinkled the tops of the beet chips with a little powdered sugar.
I would have taken more pictures, but the vultures were circling. The verdict? Unabashed love. By male and female alike, even my chocolate-hating husband (ok, ok, he doesn't really hate chocolate, but he's not a fan). I was practically shoved into the kitchen when I said that I had more cakes, ice cream, chips, and walnuts. Rather than attempt to plate more, I just brought each of the dishes out and let people scoop out more. I considered licking my plate. The sauce, the bittersweet cake, the not-too-sweet beet ice cream, which was like gelato in texture, it all just came together so well. I'm drooling thinking of it now.
I didn't even have to ask what the best dish of the night was. Hands down, chocolate cake and beets are my new favorite weird-flavor combination.