Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chocolate Tart

The second guest post while I take a break from updating my space is from Kanak who blogs at Blending Flavors. Sincerely appreciated she agreed to share her chocolate tart recipe, there's plenty of other interesting recipes whereas the synopsis can be viewed at her facebook page. Here's what Kanak has in store for us, the intro and the recipe.

Today I’m doing a guest post on Nava’s blog nava-k.com. It’s such an hour as Nava is one of the most prolific bloggers that I know. I’m always amazed at the way she balances her work along with her passion. It isn’t just the recipes that make her blog so interesting but the other lifestyle contents like travel and beauty are such a pleasure to read.

The recipe on this post is of a chocolate tart. Although I have made baked chocolate tarts many times, this is the first time that I’ve come up with an unbaked chilled filling. With many of the chocolates that came as Diwali gifts, I’ve used most of them in this tart. Even the topping is generously covered with grated/shaved white and dark chocolate. As for the pastry dough I usually make a little extra and the dough can always be used for mini tarts later. It’s a fun way to experiment with flavours and textures when it comes to the filling.
For the shell:
200 grams all-purpose flour, sieved in a large bowl with the icing sugar
2 tablespoons icing sugar
100 grams butter, chilled and grated
1 egg
About a tablespoon of iced water
(I usually use the butter that remains stuck to the grater to grease my tin).

Mix the butter into the flour using your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Break the egg into it and mix till the flour/butter mix comes together. At this point you may need to sprinkle some iced water. As soon as the pastry dough forms, roll it into a round ball, flatten, and keep in the fridge wrapped in cling-film. This should be in the fridge for at least thirty minutes.

Grease the loose-based tart tin. I used an 8” tin fluted tin. Take out the dough and place it on a floured surface. Roll the pastry a bit larger than the tin. Carefully lift the pastry into the tin and press to fit. Roll the rolling pin over the edge of the tin in order to neaten the edges and also to trim off the excess pastry. Fit a baking parchment on the tart shell, fill it with baking beans and bake in a preheated oven at 190* C for about 15 minutes. Then remove the paper and beans and bake for another five minutes.

The filling:
200 grams plain chocolate
2 tablespoon butter, softened
250 ml double cream
Shaved/grated chocolate for the topping

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a bowl with the butter. Bring the cream to the boil in another pan, then pour it onto the chocolate. Keep stirring till all the chocolate melts. Pour into the tart shell and chill for at least three hours.  Serve with grated or shaved chocolate.
There is always a sense of the deepest satisfaction when a dish turns out right and that’s just happened with this chocolate tart. I couldn’t have wished for a better taste. The satisfaction is more as I've had more than a fair share of failures in my kitchen.

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  1. Nice to meet Kanak and recipe she has shared is awesome. Thank you both for a wonderful recipe and post. God bless!

  2. Looks yummy. Checking her space too.

  3. wow, what a lovely sweet bites...
    looks delicious!

  4. The chocolate tart looks so yummy.Glad to meet u Kanak.

  5. the tart looks so delicious... thank u for introducing us to new bloggers... :)

  6. Sounds and looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Unbanked filling for tart , intresting... :)
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  8. That is one delicious chocolate tart, looks completely divine :)

  9. Chchocolate tarts are one of my favorites ...thank you for the recipe

  10. Thanks for the recipe. Might try it later

  11. That looks so decadent and a dessert to be remembered by all :D


  12. Lovely guest post... Yummy chocolate tart..

  13. The chocolate tart looks divine and absolutely yummy.. Lovely clicks Kanak.. Have a great day Nava :-)

  14. Great seeing you here too, Kanak! Lovely recipe in time for the festive season!

  15. I can never have enough of chocolate tart...baked or unbaked. This one looks fabulous. Nice to come across different bloggers in these guests posts.

  16. Divine chocolate tart, looks wonderful. Thank you Kanak & Nava for sharing.

  17. Nava, I'm so happy to read the comments here from your regular visitors. Thank you so much and to all of you who left your thoughts on the tart.:-)

  18. I'm the complete opposite- I've only ever made chocolate tarts with chilled fillings, never with baked ;) Yours looks beautiful! How does it compare?

  19. so beautiful the tart looks.. Kudos to both Kanak and you Nava...

  20. elegant,chocolaty and absolutely addictive treat...can't wait to make it :-)

  21. Looks amazing, must be delicious :)

  22. lovely tart and wonderful guest post !

  23. Hi Nava, sorry I'm late in dropping by. Great guest post. I also love to visit Kanak's blog, she always got amazing recipes to share with us. That chocolate tart look awesome. It sure taste great with a cup of hot coffee. :))

    Have a nice day.

  24. Lovely tart recipe!! It's great to see baked desserts on your blog :)


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