Nothing but chocolate

My sister asked me today if I have any suggestions for a nice and simple dessert. Immediately, chocolate tart came to my mind. For me this is the ultimate sweet, the combination of chocolate, of shortbread, of pear and roasted walnuts is heavenly. It is so elegant, somehow I associate it with a ballet dance, elegant, beautiful and uplifting. The slightly crunchy and flaky crust and the smooth chocolate ganache are amazing, but the pear and the walnuts give this pair another dimension.

Well, you can combine the chocolate tart with fruits, icecream, nuts or whatever else come to your mind . I wouldn’t try bacon… but well you never know.

Oh yeah, I love this dessert .

Pate sucree

150 gr flour

80 gr butter

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon cold water

1 egg yolk

pinch of salt

vanilla

Preheat the oven to 180 C. In a large bowl cut the cold butter in small cubes, add the flour, egg yolk, sugar, vanilla and salt and start working the dough until the butter mixes with the ingredients and then form it into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes – 1 hour. After the dough rested in the fridge, take it out and roll it out on a floured countertop until it is thin. Carefully place the dough in a tart tin (24 cm diameter) and  press it slightly into the tin. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork and bake for 15-20 minutes until it becomes golden.

Chocolate ganache

200 gr chocolate ( dark, extra dark and ok lets include also the milk chocolate)

200 ml heavy cream

Put the heavy cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes until the chocolate melts. Mix the cream and the chocolate gently until they homogenize and you get a smooth ganache. Allow the ganache to cool down and then pour it into the tart forms.

Versiunea in romana

Tarta de ciocolata

Cand Nico m-a rugat sa ii sugerez o prajitura buna si usor de facut, prima reteta care mi-a venit in minte a fost tarta de ciocolata cu pere si nuci. Pentru mine este cel mai delicat desert, combinatia de arome m-a cucerit definitiv. Reteta este simpla:

Tarta

Incepe prin a incalzi cuptorul la 180 de grade. Intre timp taie 80 de grame de unt in cuburi mici, amesteca-l cu 2 linguri de zahar, 150 grame de faina, putina sare, vanilie, un galbenus de ou si o lingura de apa rece. Amesteca ingredientele pana poti forma o minge. Inveleste-o in folie si las-o in frigider pentru aproximativ o ora. Intinde aluatul pe un blat pudrat cu faina. Apoi intinde aluatul intr-o forma de tarta cu diametrul de 24 de cm. Se coace pentru 15-20 de minute sau pana cand blatul are o culoare aurie.

Pentru ciocolata

Se incalzesc 200 ml de frisca lichida si apoi se toarna peste 200 de grame de ciocolata. Amesteca usor frisca si ciocolata pana se omogenizeaza. Toarna ciocolata in formele de tarta si lasa-le sa se raceasca inainte de a le servi.

Pofta buna!