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Chocolate Tart Recipe

Hello everyone — are you ready to make a Chocolate Tart? Perfect for Valentine’s Day, right? It’s Liz here with another episode of Food In Motion, where each month Jewels and I present a quick video showing what we made recently, along with the recipe, so you can try it yourself. We alternate months, and it being my turn this month I challenged myself this time with a delicious Chocolate Tart.

Chocolate Tart

I made this desert recently and I had a picture of it in my head — what the crust was supposed to look like, how the chocolate filling should taste. I started making the tart around noon, but somehow the crust didn’t turn out exactly the way I thought it would and it was a bit crooked. I was frustrated and annoyed, wanting to start from scratch, but time was running out. Since the chocolate filling has to cool for several hours, I knew I had to get the tart in the fridge, otherwise our guests wouldn’t have a desert at all that evening. It was a special party and I wanted the desert to be special. I cried on my husband’s shoulder, who looked at the crust, smiled and dried my tears. He said, for him it looked just perfect. I decided not to re-do the tart, thankful for my husband’s advice. Instead I carried on making the filling. In the evening I presented the tart with sparklers on it and was greeted with lots of Ah’s and Oh’s! Our friends tasted the tart and silence filled the room — they were so stunned by the taste. I received endless compliments!

Here is a video that I shot – I hope that you enjoy it – it’s only a little over a minute long so it won’t take much of your time but hopefully you will feel the love that I put into it.

I tend to be a perfectionist, also because I had filmed making the tart for this episode of Food in Motion, but I realized afterwards that it’s not worth getting flustered about certain things. Our friends were so happy with this delicious desert they didn’t even notice the slightly crooked crust! They admired my homemade baking skills and loved the tart.

Chocolate Tart
1 1/2 cups (200 g) flour, plus more for dusting
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1 1/2 sticks (175 g) butter
3 tablespoons icewater

1 2/3 cups (400 ml) of heavy cream
1 stick (115 g) butter
16 ounces (450 g) semi-sweet chocolate
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
pinch of salt

cocoa powder for dusting

Making The Crust:
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together quickly with your hands, until the dough holds together. Butter a tart pan and evenly press the dough in the pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line the tart with baking paper and add dried beans on top. Bake for approx. 25–30 minutes, until the crust is golden in color. Remove from oven and cool.

& Filling:
In a pot heat the heavy cream until it simmers slightly. Remove from heat and add the butter and the chocolate. Stir until melted. Add the sugars and the salt and stir well. Pour the chocolate mixture into the tart shell and let it cool to room temperature. Then place the tart in the refrigerator for 3–4 hours. Dust with cocoa powder before serving.

So if you too are a little perfectionist – here’s my advice: why not take the pressure off? Cooking and baking is supposed to be fun! What really matters is seeing thoroughly happy faces when somebody tastes your food. Wishing you lots of fun in the kitchen! – Liz

(images/text/recipe/video: liz and jewels)

Posted by decor8 in Sweet on January 30, 2014

Your comments...

  1. Christina Ruby commented
    January 30th, 2014 at 11:35pm

    I am addicted to your blog! Great Post! Looking forward to get more information from you. I have an older home with so many ideas in my head, but I also have 2 little ones that make doing things difficult. So for now I will decorate vicariously through you!

  2. Gina Palha commented
    January 30th, 2014 at 11:40pm

    Oh Holly, these things should not be allowed, because now I want to make one for myself + I :) I think myself + I will be so happy to taste this yumminess :)
    What a great work! And I totally agree with you… for me cooking is fun + real therapy! I ADORE a happy face when a loved one tastes my food :) Happiness just melts my heart!

  3. June G. commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 1:53am

    I loved your video and the beautiful blues:)

  4. michelle commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 2:05am

    omg, finally, an egg free desert!! Love it, love the video, love the crooked tart- makes it seem more real- I have never been a fan of “perfect” food, to me “perfect” food looks artificial and mass produced. This looks so much more appetizing to me :) Just my opinion!

  5. The Anon commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 3:14am

    wow that looks amazing. I wish i was a better cook, I can barley make toast without burning it.

  6. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 5:40am

    I just love everything about this video! Thank you!
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  7. Barbara Cortili commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 11:29am

    This looks great! I am looking forward to try this out! :)
    Barbara Cortili´s last blog post ..Friday Inspirations

  8. Janelle@awhitefarm commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:30pm

    So pretty (especially the crooked crust!!) and it must taste divine…feeling the need to bake this! Thanks for sharing!
    Janelle@awhitefarm´s last blog post ..White Chocolate Cookies……

  9. Liz commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:43pm

    Thank you so much!
    Liz´s last blog post ..Eins, zwei, drei, klick.

  10. Traci commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 4:21pm

    Two things. 1) That looks delicious and I wish I could jump through my computer screen… 2) Imperfection is often more beautiful. I have to remind myself of that all the time, but I do think it’s true.
    Traci´s last blog post ..Your Thoughts are Everything

  11. Nadia commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 5:44pm

    Cela va être mon dessert de fin de semaine ! Merveilleux, merci pour ce vidéo en belle délicatesse. Lovely… humm Chocolate <3

  12. Emily commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 6:16pm

    I love it when perfectionists realise that perfect isn’t always what they have in their head. If that makes sense? To your guests it was perfect. And to me too. My little two year old has asked to watch the video several times today!
    Thank you so much for sharing, love a fellow perfectionist who is slowly learning to let a few things go! xxx
    Emily´s last blog post ..A birthday letter to Oren, age 5

  13. Karine commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 6:32pm

    Such a lovely video – the music is so peaceful. That chocolate tart looks divine!
    Perfect for any occasion. Looks so easy to make too. Merci :)
    Karine´s last blog post ..drop drop

  14. laura redburn commented
    January 31st, 2014 at 9:26pm

    this looks super tasty, and i ADORE those pans! oh my, perfect.
    laura redburn´s last blog post ..snapshots of my week – 31st january

  15. Melissa commented
    February 1st, 2014 at 5:55am

    Yum! This looks amazing! I have a cooking group that meets next week- maybe we’ll have to make this for dessert :)
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Give Marketing a New Name (Lessons from My Sister)

  16. mel commented
    February 3rd, 2014 at 11:01am

    Liz I love your crooked crust, it’s more beautiful, more homemade, has more soul. So glade you kept it like that and I wish I could be a guest at your table! M xx
    mel´s last blog post ..Pinterest Talk | Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser

  17. Eddie Ross commented
    February 3rd, 2014 at 8:14pm

    Sparklers! What a fun way to present the tart and the cocoa powder was a great finishing touch YUM! The prep was very pretty, love your colors!
    Eddie Ross´s last blog post ..Guest Room Ready

  18. Punctuation Mark commented
    February 5th, 2014 at 8:55am

    I love eveything about this blog post… the video is beautiful!!!
    Punctuation Mark´s last blog post ..The Year of the Horse

  19. Liz commented
    February 13th, 2014 at 11:59am


    thank you so much!
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