Dec 27, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

After enduring a Christmas Eve so hot it ended inside the pool, I´ve been dodging the kitchen like the plague. At some point it´s said to have been 44ºC, that´s 111ºF. Wether it was true or not, it felt like the day from hell that will haunt us from now on. Oh yes, this christmas day will be remembered because of the weather.

Holidays during the summer are great, because they´re exactly that, holidays. Life happens outside so the atmosphere is inevitably festive, the days are long, you get some presents and eat good food. A few extra days off, sort of a pre-summer vacation.

Now it´s time to think about the next stop in the calendar, the last one. But first I will tell you about the tart I made for our sweltering gathering on Monday night. 
And before that, I will tell you that too many frozen margaritas during such a hot night does not bode a nice and happy rise the next day. Just saying.

But the dessert was good. So good it was great. 
And by then we had had the magical idea of eating it inside with the a/c on. 
Why didn´t we eat dinner inside too you might ask? Well, everything was set up to happen outside, in total accordance with the date and the season. We just couldn´t bring ourselves to change it. But after the turkey was gone, the un-breathable air and waterfalls running down everybody´s faces kind of made the decision.

This is a fancy chocolate tart with fresh raspberries in it. The filling is the easiest thing to put together and it´s a dessert that will woo everyone, and let me tell you, it can be stretched. It will feed many. That´s the beauty of dark chocolate and red fruit. A sliver goes a long way.

adapted from Simply Sensational Desserts, by Francois Payard

Makes 8 servings

One 9-inch (24cm) prebaked tart shell made from Sweet Tart Dough (recipe here)
8oz (225g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup heavy cream
¾ cup whole milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
10oz (300g) fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 350ºF /180ºC.
Put chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl.
Heat together milk and cream until very hot but doesn´t come to a boil. Pour over chocolate, wait 1 minute and then start stirring with a whisk from the center out. The mixture will come together and be shiny and smooth. Let mixture stand 5 minutes.
Add egg and egg yolk. Mix well and pour into pre-baked pie shell.
Drop fresh berries into chocolate mixture, distributing them evenly.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until edges are set but center still jiggles. Let cool on wire rack.
Serve at room tº, dusted with powdered sugar.


  1. Wooowww, it looks so good I want to chew the screen! I did a similar tart a few days ago, but this looks really decadent!
    Happy holidays Pau!!!

  2. Now that is a fantastic looking tart!

  3. This looks lovely. I could just do with a slice!

  4. I'm sitting here craving chocolate like crazy. Would you believe I do not have any in the house right now? Anyway, I click on your post and this gorgeous chocolate tart is right before my eyes. Oh how I wish I had a slice of it right now.

  5. This looks lovely and decadent. We have so much snow on the ground that it's hard to get my head around a hot Christmas. :) Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  6. Wow, this tart really looks great! Though it was pretty hot, I was not able to dodge the kitchen and oven :D

  7. With the endless rain and gray days we've had, too much sun sounds so good! And so does your scrumptious Chocolate Raspberry Tart! A slice would be divine on New Year's! A very tempting recipe!

  8. aww Paula what a lovely dessert and now the raspberries make complete sense. It is summer. I haven't thought of it much but Christmas in the summer that is the way in many places around the world.:) I hope you enjoyed your holiday and gearing up to New Year's Eve celebrations!

  9. Se me hizo agua la boca!! Soy adicta al chocolate, y sumado con frambuesas no falla! Me encanto la receta!!

  10. Oh, my. This looks incredible, Paula. Hmmmm....I think Bill would pick this over celery root puree. Just a guess ;)

  11. 111 F ... geez! I would be running away from the oven as well. :)

    The tart looks amazing... my husband would fall in love with me ten times harder if I made this for him. Chocolate fiend. ;-D

  12. I love "dodging the kitchen like the plague." Also, this tart looks fabulous! Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits!

  13. Wow, so decedent! I could so indulge in a piece right now. The fruit makes me believe like I'm eating well. :)

    And 44C? Wow, hawt! Did you have a great Christmas? Did Santa bring you everything you desired? Hope you have a happy new year.

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  14. I adore the combination of chocolate and raspberries & this tart looks gorgeously decadent, yum! Happy new year!

  15. I've been looking for a recipe for a chocolate tart that would be easy enough and this one seems great!

  16. This is so looks delicious, I love chocolate, but I usually don't like chocolate tart, But this one looks ontstanding and I would like to try baking like this!!

  17. Holy moly, this looks fantastic! What a combination!


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