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Modern Chocolate tart

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by John Winn, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. John Winn

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    As donna suggested something semi-sweet chocolate I thought I'd post this one. I don't ordinarily do desserts but even I can make this one. It's simple, good, and can be made on short order so is nice for when you get a last-minute invite and need a dessert.

    Ingredients

    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    7 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    1 egg yolk
    1 pre-baked pastry shell (9 inch)

    Directions

    In a small saucepan bring cream to a simmer. remove from heat and add chocolate. stir until chocolate is completely melted. let sit five minutes.

    stir in egg yolk until completely combined.

    pour into pastry shell and bake about twenty-five minutes (center should just be firm) at 325 degrees F.
    let cool to room temperature.

    I pre-bake the crust at 325 for about ten minutes before adding the chocolate mix.

    Best served with whipped cream (you'll have to figure that out on your own). can also be refrigerated but I think is best served room temperature.
     

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  3. diane

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    That's unusual! No sugar. Hmm. I want to try that. American desserts are so heavy with sugar. There was a Chinese bakery in SF I loved - plenty of eggs and good things in their cakes but not very sweet by American standards!
     
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    Nope, no sugar - only semi-sweet chocolate. It emphasizes the chocolate I think (and another good reason to use the best you can find). I also feel the little bit of sweetness added by slightly-sweetened whipped cream, and the flavor of the cream itself, really sets off the chocolate.

    I personally don't like things too sweet. If there's too much sugar I won't eat it. I don't drink dessert wines for much the same reason; alcoholic syrup IMO.
     
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    There is enough sugar in the chocolate to supply all you needs or desires, Diane. I have a similar flourless chocolate cake recipe that has only 1 Tbsp. sugar and is like eating fudge. only better.
     
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    John thanks for recipe. I will have to try this one. Sometimes dessert can just be too sweet. I have always liked semi-sweet chocolate bars.
     
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    "Best served with whipped cream"

    That's it! I love whipped cream - and this recipe will be delicious just because of the lack of sugar.
    Thank you, John, you are aiming at the "Cook of the Month" apron, don't you? Or better a Chef's toque, that will fit your avatar better ...
     
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  8. John Winn

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    I hope you like it. I should clarify that it does use bitter sweet, not semi-sweet chocolate. The recipe is correct but I used 'semi-sweet' as a descriptor several times and just realized that is also a type of chocolate (typing before thought again).
     
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  9. donna

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    I do like it. I just meant I buy Hersey's semi-sweet bars to munch on.
     
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    John Here is another great recipe using bittersweet chocolate.

    Chocolate and Coffee Pots De Crème

    2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 vanilla bean, slit
    6 egg yolks
    12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
    1/2 cup very strong prepared espresso coffee

    Bring the cream and sugar to a boil with the vanilla bean in a saucepan.

    Whisk yolks in a bowl. Whisk about a third of the boiling cream into the yolks. Return remaining cream to a boil, and whisk in yolk mixture. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, another 15 or 20 seconds, until slightly thickened.

    Strain cream into a bowl and add chocolate. Whisk smooth, whisk in coffee, and pour into molds. Refrigerate until cooled.

    Serve the pots de crème alone, or with a crisp cookie.

    Makes 8, 4 to 5 ounce pot de crème cups or ramekins.

    From:"Chocolate" by Nick Malgieri, 1998.
     
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  11. John Winn

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    Thanks ! That sound delish. I like coffee in chocolate dishes. And as it so happens I have a vanilla bean that I need to use.
     
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    Chocolate and coffee make a great pair! Thanks, Donna. That's another for my to-make list. :wub:
     
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    For bittersweet chocolate day, 2 recipes, one using semi sweet and other bittersweet. They are delicious desserts. Give them a try.
     
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