Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TWD: Chocolate Cream Tart

I got to make this delicious dessert - Dorrie's Chocolate Cream Tart.

I learned a lot from making this as I haven't made a tart crust or custard before. First I messed up the crust. It wasn't moist enough with the ingredients listed, it didn't feel right but I pressed it into the pan anyway. Then in reading I found that it was much like a pie crust and Dorrie said to error on the side of moist dough. So began my second crust; I did it much like a pie crust with forking in ice water until I had the right consistancy. Next I got to make the chocolate custard.

Here is my first shot at making the custard. It was delicious to the taste but not the texture. The recipe says to add butter to make it "velvety". I knew I'd gone wrong!

Here's my second shot - velvety!! I added cold milk to the egg yolk, sugar, cornstarch mixture to make it a better consistancy, then a little hot milk, this time I added it gradually until it was thick and creamy and...smooth!

As usual - helping hands, Jacob saw me pressing it into the pan and said "help you?" He climbed on the counter and proceeded to "help". He was cute, he didn't apply any pressure just kept his hands in one spot for a minute or two and then moved on.

Mmmmm..... doesn't that make it look so appetizing?
This is a VERY rich tart. I could hardly finish my one piece. It was delicious and definately a chocolate lovers delight. If you would like to try your hand at a tart crust and a chocolate custard that is quite divine check out the recipe at Scrumptious Photography. Thanks Kim for picking this great dessert and making me step outside my baking comfort zone!


Whitney said...

Looks scrumptious Rach!

April said...

Oooops!!! A broken bottle of nail polish. That sounds bad and maybe even permanent. Sorry to hear!!!

Your custard pie looks seriously amazing!!! I really want to come over and have a piece.

Amanda said...

That's what I love about TWD, it has brought me out of my comfort zone. Glad you enjoyed this!