Thursday, March 31, 2011

Layered Chocolate Tart

In my French class, we have a routine of bringing in food and wine to share.  So last week I was excited to find out that my teacher's favourite sweet is Tarte au Chocolat.  Instead of sticking with the traditional recipe, I decided to make up my own.  The chocolate filling is a no-bake recipe because I wanted it to be silky and smooth.  I also wanted to have something special inside the tart.  You see, when you cut into the mousse-like Tarte au Chocolat, there is a layer of white chocolate filling at the bottom.  It is seriously a delicious combination.  As my teacher announced, "it is 1000 calories but it is worth it, okay?"

Ingredients for Shortcrust Pastry

1 cup plain flour
2 tbsp icing sugar
90g unsalted butter, cubed
1 -2 tbsp iced water

Method
Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Using your fingertips, rub the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and water. Mix to a dough with a flat-bladed knife, using a cutting action. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gather into a ball. Press together until smooth, then roll out and cut to fit 1 tart dish. Regridgerate for 20 minutes; preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced). Line the dishes with baking paper and spread some baking weights at the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes, remove the paper and then continue to bake for a further 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool before filling.

Ingredients for White Chocolate Filling
150g white chocolate, chopped
1 cup full fat thickened cream
2 egg yolks

Method
Preheat oven to 140 degrees (fan-forced).  Place the chocolate and cream in a saucepan and cook gently, stirring until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks. Pour this into the baked pastry tart and bake for 25 minutes or until the tart is just set.  While cooling, make milk chocolate filling.

Ingredients for Chocolate Filling


200g milk chocolate, chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
200mL full fat thickened cream

Method
Melt the chocolate  in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Remove from heat, stir until smooth, then allow to cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and fold in the icing sugar. Whip cream until soft peaks form, then fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into tart dish, over the top of the already-baked and cooled white chocolate layer.  Allow chocolate layer to firm up in the fridge, at least 2 hours.  Keep tart chilled until you are about to eat.

61 comments:

  1. Superbe recette à tester sans faute.
    :-)

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  2. So cute! Would be worth it if it was 3000 calories! I hope your class liked it :)

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  3. Wow, that does look like it is worth 1,000 calories. Delicious!

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  4. Te n'è rimasta una fetta per me???:-D
    Complimenti,meravigliosa questa torta Cara!!
    Un bacio*

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  5. I dont care how many calories!!(even though I should!ha) This looks fantastic Brittany!! : )

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  6. Oh I can just imagine how awesome it would be to slice into this and discover the hidden white chocolate layer (obviously if you're not the baker hehe). Looks really fantastic!

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  7. Bonjour Brittany,
    You know I just can't resist all your delicious recipes - this is one I am definitely going to try! Your teacher should give you an A for this one!
    Hope you've been having a good week,
    Mimi

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  8. Calories? Who's counting? Give me a slice anytime! Looks really yummy!

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  9. OMG mon amie, look amazing, is a superbe recette, gloria

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  10. I just drooled all over my new keyboard. Delicieux!

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  11. So Yammy!! I love the double choco, white and dark, great!

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  12. Yummm! Anything with 2 kinds of chocolate sounds good to me! :)

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  13. Cette tarte me plait vraiment beaucoup!

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  14. Oh, how I wish I had a slice right now! Another delicious recipe, Brittany!

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  15. Wow, looks sooo good, Brittany! And oddly, the 1000 calories thing doesn't even bother me. I wouldn't give it a second thought. Your chocolate tart looks well worth it!
    Brava darling!
    xx,
    Tammy

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  16. How sweet of you to make your teacher's favorite dessert! And it looks devine - it may be breakfast time, but it's never too early for chocolate.

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  17. Yum! I wish you were in my class. This is favorite of mine also and my husbands x

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  18. Oh Brittany, c'est péché cette belle pointe!

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  19. wow what a great idea! definitely worth the calories :)

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  20. Wow! Your teacher must have loved it! This sounds fabulous:)

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  21. Oh, you little temptress, you! I am counting my calories to save up before my trip to Paris and you might have just caused my fall -- hehehe! Just kidding!

    Bises,
    G

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  22. Decadent! - I mean chocolate layers - who could resist?

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  23. Ooh this looks beautiful! And I agree 1,000 calories is totally OK and worth it!!! YUM :)

    Sues

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  24. The calories are worth it! Will try out this recipe. Thanks!

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  25. That tart looks totally decadent and gorgeous - what a lovely treat to bring in for the class. I like the layers.

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  27. Sorry, there was a typo staring me in the face!!)
    Looks pretty tasty!

    Right, this genuinely is NOT spam or anything, but have you been to cannelle.com? It's a french patisserie/boulangerie industry website, and the recipe corner is pretty amazing. I'm studying to be a pastry chef and I'm finding it a pretty invaluable resource for recipes, and I'm sure you'd appreciate it too.

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  28. I am absolutely certain your teacher loved this. How could she not? It looks and sounds delicious. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

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  29. That's a very nice tradition! Your pie looks really, how can I say... fondante!!! (melting?). Anyway, when I make a chocolate pie, I use dark chocolate and make a ganache it's a bit different but nice too. But I like this idea of layers!

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  30. Your French class sounds awesome! And in response to your comment on my blog: I definitely need to work on letting myself "indulge" more. It's a work in progress for sure!

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  31. This tart looks absolutely wonderful! I'm very jealous of your french class. When I took French, all we got was bread and chocolate, once.

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  32. What a fun class! This looks worth every calorie (but tell her that next time you don't want to know - ha ha!) I really like the two layers. I am going to have to try this, I just won't eat the whole pie!

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  33. Saw you on Sweets for a Saturday- this looks delicious!

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  34. That's worth some extra time on the treadmill for sure! It looks delicious! :)

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  35. I like your French class routine ... and your chocolate layer tart too ... ;o)
    Hélène

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  36. Good food and wine are two of my favorite things to share :) This tart looks fantastic! I'd have loved to be in that class to try a piece. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  37. this looks seriously great! thanks for sharing, lots of love happening for this and all your posts :)
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  38. This looks amazing - I love how the filling is part baked-part chilled so it holds its shape when cut.
    I'm printing this one off!

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  39. Looks so good! Love the white choc layer.
    http://www.whatibakedthisweekend.blogspot.com/

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  40. If you were my student, I'd give you an A just for bringing that in!! It looks awesome!! Love the shortbread crust!

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  41. What a beautiful Tart it looks delicious. It was great to have tea with you today, thanks for stopping by. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

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  42. The chocolate layer looks so nice and creamy. Wow!

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  43. Man, that looks so rich and creamy, like unfrozen ice cream almost! What a decadent treat. :)

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  44. You achieved your goal; it looks very silky and smooth! Making the teacher happy is a good thing:)

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  45. Mmm, we never had this in my French classes, which may be why I didn't continue beyond first year university! Looks fantastic, and totally worth it!

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  46. Oh my God! Une tarte extrêmement gourmande et dans mes goûts! Je note ma belle Brittany! Caro B.

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  47. Très belle tarte au chocolat avec ce chocolat blanc au milieu.
    Je comprends ton professeur de français !

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  48. How lucky they are to get your delicious baked goodies! The tart is delectable - love that white chocolate surprise!

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  49. looks so good! never mind if it's full of calories as long as it's full of satisfaction!!

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  50. Wow, this chocolate tart looks so good!

    Maria
    x

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  51. Is it bad that I want this right now for breakfast?!?! Looks heavenly!

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  52. Appétissant !!!
    :-)
    Greetings from France...

    Pierre

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