Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Modern Baker Challenge: Bittersweet chocolate tart

Oh no. I didn't think it was possible, but this one is even better than the previous ones.

Here I am at my fifth sweet tart in the Modern Baker Challenge: bittersweet chocolate tart. This one calls for the press-in cookie dough crust; I remembered really struggling with that one when I made the Parisian fruit tart, so I subbed in the sweet tart dough. I rolled this out and put it into my mini tart pans, which I baked for about 15 minutes.

The filling is a ganache made by combining cream and light corn syrup, bringing them to a boil, combining them with unsalted butter, and then combining the whole mixture with melted bittersweet chocolate (I used 70%). The filling is poured into the crust and then refrigerated until it sets. I made 1/3 of a recipe...knowing the crust was a little thick, I really piled it on, although I still had a tiny bit leftover (this was delicious plain, incidentally!).

I made this one while I was working on the bourbon pecan tart, which worked out well because there's a lot of waiting in this one: waiting for things to boil or melt or cool. It's an easy recipe...just need to make sure you have time for the waiting.

NM says that it's best unadorned, but oh man, it was amazing with a little leftover sweetened whipped cream!!


  1. I cannot wait to try this one! I love chocolate ganache. Oh it looks so yummy!!

  2. We did a tart similar to this one for TWD a while back. B keeps asking me when I'm going to make it again. =) You can never go wrong with a little whipped cream, btw.

  3. Oh yum. That looks soooo good. And I agree with you whole-heartedly, whipped cream would be perfect with it. A nice balance for the decadent chocolate filling. I had no intention of making this one but after seeing yours I'm second-guessing myself. Maybe for Easter...

  4. Oh, yeah, the guys here would vote for the whipped cream as well. Your photos are wonderful...they are going to love this one. Thanks for tips re waiting around time. Some days I have plenty of that!

  5. I may have to go back to the library to check the book out!! That looks incredible!!! and I just happen to have lots of chocolate in the cupboard that I had intended for truffles. I like your idea of using the mini tart pans.

  6. I agree, this was amazing! I used the press-in cookie dough and this time it worked out fine!