Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie 37: Chocolate Cream Tart



You cannot begin to imagine how excited I was when I found out this week's recipe was a chocolate cream tart. I love tarts, especially creamy ones, and anything chocolate, so this literally was my perfect dessert. I actually hadn't really noticed the recipe before, but I think that's mainly because it wasn't accompanied by a delicious looking photo. So a huge thanks to Kim of Scrumptious Photography for picking it- look what I could have been missing out on!



With the chocolate pastry cream, it is really important that you choose a chocolate that you really like. If you don't like dark chocolate for example, then don't use it. The pastry cream comes out tasting exactly like the chocolate you have chosen, which is why I'm so glad I went with my favourite Valrhona Caraibe. The pastry cream was unbelievably delicious! So impossibly rich and smooth. I am honestly going to be making it again, just to eat out of little pots for dessert by itself. S particularly loved the tart shell- it was so delicate, it just shattered in your mouth. Paired with a big dollop of vanilla flavoured whipped cream, it was superb! All three elements worked together harmoniously. I am missing it, just thinking about it.


21 comments:

Kara said...

Ooh .. pretty! I made mine with Ghirardelli bittersweet, and you're right, you can definitely taste the difference. I love the sides of your tart, too - the smooth straightness of it. I might try making mine in muffin cups next time to get the depth and the smoothness!

vibi said...

I love how your crust looks like it's a basket holding the chocolate cream! Gives it flair!
Well done, Bria!

pinkstripes said...

YUM! Your mini-tarts look wonderful.

Megan said...

Looking at your beautiful chocolate crust makes me wish that I had done it that way. It does look absolutely yummy that way.

Marthe said...

I used milk chocolate from the Lidl, which happens to be my favourite... Yum!

Amanda said...

I absolutely was in love with this tart too! So creamy and delish. Even better after a day in the fridge MMMMMMMMM

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks so great! and i know how you feel.. i miss mine, too!

chocolatechic said...

I have GOT to get me some Valhrona.

Did you see David Lebvoits's (I know that isn't spelled right) latest blog post???

It is all about Valhrona.

thegreatpantryraid said...

I agree that it's all three elements together that make it work.

myfamousrecipe said...

I love a dessert that really allows a good-quality chocolate to shine, like this one. Yours look wonderful!

kimberly salem said...

Mmm, your mini tarts look so delicious!! Glad I could bring this one to your attention ;)

Kayte said...

Very elegant and your descriptions were downright delicious! Wonderfully beautiful.
Kayte
www.grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com

Bria said...

Thanks everyone! I think we should all make this tart again soon!

chocolatechic: Yep I did read David's latest post about the Valrhona chocolate school.. oooh I'd love to go there one day!

Clivia said...

You make a good point about using the right chocolate. Your pics are beautiful. Well done!

TeaLady said...

Beautiful tart. I made mine with semi sweet and was glad because it was just sweet enough but not too much to battle with the crust.

Yours looks perfect.

NQN said...

That looks delicious! I love the picture where you can see inside and the crumbly crust looks divine!

bakergirlcreations said...

Wow! That looks incredible - so perfectly rich!

Leslie said...

Don't you love Valrhona? I think the cocoa made the tart shell, and the filling was so good I could have eaten it with a spoon. I'm glad you loved it too!

jacq said...

hi from the middle east bria!!! as usual your cakes are looking great! I need someone to cook for me over here, its strange living out of home!

Tracey said...

Your tart looks so yummy! I made the mistake of using bittersweet chocolate in my pastry cream and I was not a fan. Next time it'll be milk chocolate for me :)

Thomas said...

SH*T!! I think I'm drooling again~