Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Love at first sight: chocolate tart

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Do you believe in love at first sight? I don't. Except when it has chocolate written all over its face. Like this tart we made in class.

I couldn't believe I have kept it away from you for so long since it followed me home more than two weeks ago. It was 2 busy weeks with friends and OCT visiting Chicago on consecutive weekends. My time was split between cleaning the messy apartment, daydreaming the touristy things we could do together and generally excited about the said visits.

When A and D were here, we didn't cover a single tourist attraction in the windy city. It was especially inconceivable considering that it was D's first time visiting Chicago.Poor D had a bad bout of indigestion, which she insisted was due to the pizza she ate on the first night. However, I couldn't help suspecting that it could quite possibly be the ridiculous amount of desserts I fed her on the night she arrived. A and I stayed in my apartment the following day, while D slept; catching up on each others life over coffee and more desserts. None of us mind. The famous sights can wait. Hopefully, that will lure them back to Chicago soon.

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Having arrived on the end of my tart week in school, they got to try the St Honore tart and paris brest among other things I saved in the freezer, which included this chocolate tart. Unfortunately, the once lovely chocolate tart lost its appeal upon freezing. Unlike the lemon cream tart,which one could keep in the freezer for a couple of weeks, the chocolate tart needs to be eaten within 2-3 days. I was pushing my luck when I chuck it in the freezer in hope of preserving it.

OCT who visited this past weekend didn't get to taste as many tarts, but he wasn't complaining. Mostly because he got his fill of croissants and french breads! A significant amount of breads had been unloaded from my tiny freezer to its sister freezer in Atlanta. But at the speed we are baking bread in class, it will be filled to the brim in no time.

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Although I couldn't give you the recipe of this chocolat tart, may I suggest that you consider the Nutella Tart I made sometime ago? The texture of the chocolate filling is comparable. And if you are a Nutella lover like me, you will find yourself favor Pierre Herme's version over this.

19 comments:

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I also believe in love at first sight when chocolate it's involved. Oh I'm in love...

Kitchen Corner said...

This chocolate tart looks really yummy! I hardly resist to have one and this make me really hungry!

A_and_N said...

Delish! I've been wanting to try this for a long time now. Will use your recipe

squirrelbread said...

ditto. i'm in love.

cheers,

*Heather*

Amanda said...

Mandy, that tart looks so pretty. I think that your pastry and baking skills are really paying off. The execution is exquisite! If you go down the professional bakery route, you can count on me taking a road trip to visit your place :)

Y said...

What a beautiful looking tart :) I love that crunchy looking topping!

The Duo Dishes said...

Oh that is intense...intensely good no doubt.

The DeL Sisters said...

WOW! My kinda dessert!

Hannah

Anonymous said...

This will probably be incredibly obvious, but what's sprinkled on top of that chocolate deliciousness?

Elyse said...

What a gorgeous tart! This is totally love at first sight. You're right, only chocolate could make a girl fall this hard :)

Rasa Malaysia said...

Hah, you really do love chocolate. How's your choc-loving aunt doing in KK? I remember reading your touching post about her...

Nina Timm said...

Delicious to say the least! The photography is brilliant too. Good work!!!

Siri said...

So pretty! I don't make enough tarts- I always forget how good they are while making cakes and pies.

Thanks for the recipe!

-Siri

Susan from Food Blogga said...

It would take a hard heart to not fall in love with this tart.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tart. What is the crunchy topping?

Manggy said...

Ooch! Sorry to hear about D's missing everything! Maybe you should've fed her this decadent tart to make her feel better, ha ha ha :)

Helene said...

How can someone resist this? Beautiful, I'm in love.

Kevin said...

That looks so good!

James said...

Wow.. this chocolate tart looks so yummy. I can't wait to eat.

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