This pomegranate apple pear sauce was destined for some Chanukah latkes but life intervened and now it's spooned over my breakfast. Elaborate thoughts of a fully homemade 2nd night of Chanukah after coming back from out of town on night 1, ended with me rushing home from an almost forgotten holiday party and picking up a jar of apple sauce. The latkes were homemade, thanks Smitten Kitchen, and store apple sauce sufficed on top. Days later a bag of apples and a few random pears on my countertop were still shaming me.
I might have used every every whisk/mixing item for this dessert but the pile of dishes was worth it. Celebrations usually call for cake but I submit this humble chocolate brown pie as a replacement for your usual mile high frosting heaped on a layer cake. Because this chocolate mousse is rich on your tastebuds but melts on your tongue, only leaving you reaching for another forkful. The crisp tart shell is flecked with coffee and tricks my mind. Those dark specks in the dough usually are vanilla but the smoky coffee makes the chocolate sing here.