Monday, March 15, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie - Soft Chocolate and Raspberry Tart

Raspberries and Chocolate. What a wonderful combination. Many thanks to Rachelle of Mommy? I'm Hungry! for picking this recipe for our Tuesdays with Dorie choice this week. Please drop by her blog. She has the prettiest backgound and her site is full of recipes, product reviews, and fabulous photos! Thank you Rachelle for choosing such a fabulous dessert.

I for one was thrilled to see this recipe come up and just as thrilled to give it a try. Raspberries and Chocolate. What a wonderful combination. :) Is there an echo in here?!

I love Dorie's tart crust recipe. I have used it for several different tarts now and I must say, for me, it is about foolproof. Throw it together in a food processor and press it into a tart pan, bake it and boom! You are in business. I made this one with the nuts as she recommends. Turned out perfect. My only complaint, and it happened the last time I baked this crust, is that a small amount of the tart stuck to the foil when I peeled it off of the tart after the first baking. So, my pretty tart looks a bit rough in the pan. But, I am not losing too much sleep over it because no one can see it after I add the filling, what ever it might be.

I made the tart crust up last Friday and popped it into the freezer. Then, this morning I baked it and set it on the counter to cool. I almost over baked it. Got distracted multi-tasking, but pulled it from the oven just in time I think.

I was lucky enough to find some really nice raspberries at the grocery store that weren't too outrageously priced. And, wonders will never cease, there wasn't a moldy one in the bunch!

Once my tart crust had cooled I covered the bottom with the fresh raspberries. Then, I made up the filling. I didn't have any milk chocolate in the house, but I did have two bars of Ghirardelli's Semi-sweet chocolate. I decided to use 3 ounces of the bittersweet bar I had and 2 ounces of the semi-sweet bar. The filling came together with no major problems. I did have what seemed like a lot of bubbles and I rapped the bowl on the counter quite a few times trying to get them all to rise to the surface and pop.

Put the tart into the oven, set the timer for 30 minutes and went off to do other things around the house (usual day off stuff...laundry, changing sheets, dishes, catch up on my blog reading, etc.) After what seemed like a good while I went into the kitchen to see how much time was left on the times. What I saw was "End". I guess I never heard the beeper go off! I yanked open the oven door, expecting to see a burnt mess, but the tart didn't look bad at all. I stuck a knife into the center and it came out with some streaks of chocolate. So, I lucked out. Seems a fair number of bakers had to bake their tarts longer than the recipe stated. I guess I did the same, without realizing it. :D

The verdict? Oh! My! Goodness! Susan! Put down the fork and step away from the tart!! I swear I could have eaten half of it in one sitting. The crust is crisp, and buttery and tender and just delicious! The chocolate filling is like silk in your mouth. Wonderfully creamy and smooth and rich. The raspberries almost melt when you bite into them and the tartness of each berry is perfection when paired with the chocolate. After I took my pictures I scarfed down the slice on the plate and then began eyeballing the rest of the tart. It was only with the greatest use of willpower was I able to put down the fork. The hubby? He said he'd rather eat the carrot cake! Can you imagine?!?! If you read my post about the carrot cake I made over the weekend you will realize the impact of that statement . He'd rather eat the carrot cake.  Hey, that's absolutely fine with this girl!

Please drop by TWD to see what the other bakers thought of this fabulous dessert. There was a lot of buzz about different fruits being used. Can't wait to see!

35 comments:

  1. After seeing your tart, I wish I had used raspberries instead of blueberries! Beautiful.

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  2. Your tart looks great! I'll have to try it with raspberries.

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  3. Your tart looks amazing. I love raspberries and chocolate. Add to that a buttery crust, and maybe all that's missing a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on the side :o)

    Btw, I answered your Q on my blog. Thanks for your interest :o)

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  4. Oh my, I really, really I'd been able to find reasonably priced raspberries for this one. I went with plain chocolate but the raspberry/chocolate combo was better I'm sure. Your tart is gorgeous Susan - glad you enjoyed it so much!

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  5. that photo combined with your description- just tantaliing.

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  6. What a rave review. We really enjoyed this too. I really like the picture of all the raspberries. I wish I had used more berries but I could only justify buying one container. Great post.

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  7. It appears you used a lot more raspberries than I did and yours looks better. Mine looked a little like it had chicken pox with a raspberry poking up here and there. But it tasted good and yours looks extra delicious.

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  8. Your tart looks amazing. Love chocolate and raspberry together.

    Wish I was closer to share over a cup of coffee!

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  9. Beautiful raspberries, Susan! Wow I'm so glad you liked it too. Yum
    AmyRuth

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  10. This looks fabulous. I was planning on skipping this week, but the day is young I just might succumb.
    Mimi

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  11. I think next time I'll use more raspberries like you did. This tart will definitely be made again. =) Oh, and I always have the problem you did with the foil sticking a bit. Even when I use non-stick foil it still happens.

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  12. Wow! How many raspberries did you use? My 6oz container didn't nearly fill up the tart like yours did. All my taste testers said "More raspberries" so I guess I'll be buying 2 containers next time. HA!
    -CB
    http://iheartfood4thought.com

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  13. Yay! Let him have that carrot cake while you enjoy your beautiful tart! I totally agree, chocolate and raspberries are a perfect combination. Sounds like everything worked out for you with this one!

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  14. Wow, you used loads of raspberries! It looks wonderful. I have to agree with you, I had a use a heck of a lot of willpower to step away from this tart :-)

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  15. I love Dorie's tart crust recipe too - ho wants to roll when you can just push it in?

    Your tart looks fab - I know what you mean when you say you had to step away.

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  16. This looks amazing...raspberries and chocolate is my favorite combo. Just found your site and so happy I did. Love your photography and can't wait to go through more of your posts!

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  17. looks great! i had to try the same willpower--half of my tart is gone! (thankfully I only made a half recipe)

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  18. Susan,
    The tart looks great!! And I agree when I pull the foil off, some of the crust always comes off too...(I did grab a spoon though and scrapped it off the foil and ate it) kind of annoying, but certainly doesn't effect the end results! Glad to know I'm not the only one having this little issue!!

    Raelynn

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  19. I love that--"Oh my goodness, Susan, put down the fork and step away from the tart!" I'm really wishing I would have tried the raspberries, because I love the combo. I WILL have to try it sometime. Off to check out the carrot cake. I just made one on Monday!

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  20. Beautiful photos, Susan! This wasn't as big of a hit at my house, but I didn't use lovely fresh raspberries like you did. Dorie's tart dough is always a hit, though, I love it!

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  21. You have a way with tarts! Yours looks perfect! I love your post and your site! I am adding you to my Reader! Letme know how it goes with the sqaure pan!

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  22. Your pictures look really nice, Susan. And your tart looks wonderful with those gorgeous berries. I may have to give it a try soon, with this 5 star review you've given it!

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  23. Your tart looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

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  24. Your tart looks amazing, Susan! It makes me want to try it with raspberries.

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  25. Your tart looks amazingly delicious! Love the raspberry,chocolate combo! Glad it didn't burn! I'd really like a slice of it right now!

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  26. You're tart looks fabulous! I wish I would have found some fresh raspberries. They look absolutely delicious!

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  27. Your tart looks beautiful! I have had that panic of not hearing or worse forgetting to set a timer and throwing open the oven door as quickly as I can. Sometimes getting lucky, other times not so much. I'm glad you happened upon your tart at the perfect time.

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  28. Beautiful tart! Love all the raspberries...bet it tasted awesome! Can't wait to see next week's cookies :)

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  29. Susan, that's a beautiful tart! Truly! Yes, I've had that "foil stick" problem too. And come to think, the insides of Dorie's tart crust look "spotty", but since they're filled you never know! It IS a great recipe - I enjoy trying all the others. Nice to know you have a foolproof one. Beautiful raspberries too!!!

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  31. Where is the recipe for this tart? It looks fabulous!

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