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Chocolate Tart Recipe

January 30, 2014

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 Recipe

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
Crust:
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

Filling:
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)

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19 Comments

  • Reply Christina Ruby January 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    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!

  • Reply Gina Palha January 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    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!

  • Reply June G. January 31, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I loved your video and the beautiful blues:)

  • Reply michelle January 31, 2014 at 2:05 am

    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!

  • Reply The Anon January 31, 2014 at 3:14 am

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

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang January 31, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I just love everything about this video! Thank you!

  • Reply Barbara Cortili January 31, 2014 at 11:29 am

    This looks great! I am looking forward to try this out! :)

  • Reply Janelle@awhitefarm January 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    So pretty (especially the crooked crust!!) and it must taste divine…feeling the need to bake this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Liz January 31, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you so much!
    michelle,

  • Reply Traci January 31, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    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.

  • Reply Nadia January 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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

  • Reply Emily January 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    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

  • Reply Karine January 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply laura redburn January 31, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    this looks super tasty, and i ADORE those pans! oh my, perfect.

  • Reply Melissa February 1, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Yum! This looks amazing! I have a cooking group that meets next week- maybe we’ll have to make this for dessert :)

  • Reply mel February 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    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

  • Reply Eddie Ross February 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    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!
    E+J

  • Reply Punctuation Mark February 5, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I love eveything about this blog post… the video is beautiful!!!

  • Reply Liz February 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    mel,

    thank you so much!

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