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Monday, December 3, 2012

Chocolate Tart

I have a good friend in CA who makes an incredible chocolate tart. In. Cred. Ib. Le. She's been making it for years and loves to make it for anyone who asks. The recipe was given to her with the stipulation that she never share it. And she hasn't. I've begged, pleaded, bribed her children to spy for me and even offered to pay her (okay...not really on that last part) for the recipe. No dice. That girl is NOT giving that recipe up for love or money. What's a chocolate loving girl to do? Why...make her own chocolate tart, that's what. This tart was also incredible. I think one thing that makes my friend's tart so spectacular is the extra love she puts in hers but I gotta say...mine runs a close second.

Chocolate Tart


Chocolate Cookie Crust:

1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter

Mix crumbs and butter. Press mixture firmly and evenly against bottom and sides of pie pan. 

Set aside.


1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs ~ room temperature

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Heat the heavy cream and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat, until it just begins to simmer.

Remove from the heat.

Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted.

Add the sugar and salt and whisk until well combined.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs and then a little of the chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Then add the egg mixture to the remaining chocolate mixture, stirring until completely blended.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the filling is set.

Cool for 15 minutes then place in the fridge to chill completely.

Serve with whipped cream.

Here's the line up. 
Here's the line up.

Mix the chocolate crumbs and the butter and press them into your pie or tart pan. 
Mix the chocolate crumbs and the 
butter and press them into your pie or tart pan.

Simmer the cream. 
Simmer the cream.

Then add the chocolate chips. 
Then add the chocolate chips.

Stir to melt the chocolate then add the sugar and salt. 
Stir to melt the chocolate then 
add the sugar and salt.

Oops. I was supposed to mix some of the chocolate mixture into the eggs to temper the eggs. 
Oops. I was supposed to mix some 
of the chocolate mixture into the 
eggs to temper the eggs.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the crust. 
Pour the chocolate mixture into the crust.

Pop it in the oven and.... 
Pop it in the oven and....


Allow to cool for a bit then chill for several hours or overnight. Serve with sweetened whip cream. 
Allow to cool for a bit then chill 
for several hours or overnight. 
Serve with sweetened whip cream.


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