Tuesday, 21 February 2012

TWD - Baking with Julia - Chocolate Tart

Chocolate tart isn't really our cup of tea.  We like a nice cheeseboard like this one we had had the Pipe and Glass near Beverley in East Yorkshire.

However, in the spirit of Tuesdays with Dorie, we had a go!

Recipies that begin with instruction to first turn to page xyz usually make us want to go and lie down in a dark room! However, first we made Biscotti (see page 313) and then chocolate dough. The biscotti were very easy to make and something to look forward to again in the challenge.

Despite some very 'rustic' looking tart cases.........

...... they actually looked Ok once filled  (our photographic skills obviously need some work!) and tasted delicious!

We found Jen's links to David Ogonowski's Youtube videos a great help. It gave us the confidence to make the pastry more crumbly the second time round. Non of the tarts lasted long and we will definitely make them again.

We did have a second go.  The remains of that attempt are on the bottom of the oven still.  Hint: do not put pastry shell directly onto oven runners.

There'll be a third attempt shortly.  :-)


  1. always worth a try! Bravo on making the biscotti - I bought mine:)

  2. LOL! I'll remember how important the pan is. And may I recommend a product called Citrasolv for cleaning the oven. It's non-toxic and worked beautifully in my ancient oven.

  3. Hey, my tarts turned out rustic looking too. Tasting delicious is the important part.

  4. Rustic is good! The photography is usually the hardest part of this cooking blogging thing! Your tart looks great and I'm glad you enjoyed.

  5. Rustic is a gift to bakers, I have been told. Embrace it!
    Hope that whatever happened in your oven is easily cleaned.