National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Tart

Here in Britain we are coming to the tail-end of National chocolate Week and I thought it would be rather nice to cap it off with one of my favourite recipes. I love the contrast between the crust and the filling – the crust is very crisp, while the filling is as smooth as truffle. It is also an incredibly simple tart to make since the crust isn’t made of pastry and the filling has very few ingredients. This really is the perfect way to see off such a fantastic, yet underappreciated, week – enjoy!

My love for cooking was germinated by the flair with which one is able to approach a main meal. Yet, since I made my incredibly popular Tarte au Citron I’ve really enjoyed and have been fascinated by the delicacy and exactitude required in the process of making a tart. This got me thinking that perhaps it wasn’t the recklessness of cooking that really drew me in; rather it was the end result. To make the perfect tart it is necessary for one to be precise down to the smallest detail; by doing this it is possible to have a positive result – therefore I enjoy it.

However, I have also realised very recently that reflection isn’t necessarily the route down which one must venture if one is to write a successful blog entry. With that in mind I shall breach once more the rather delicious topic of flavour. Since the filling of this tart contains no sweeteners it is advised that one uses a chocolate which contains 50%-65% cocoa solids. Milk chocolate will not do since it is good for nothing except a spot of mastication; anything above 65% isn’t much better, unless sweetened of course. Though you may disagree with me on my last two points, which really are nothing but conjecture, please adhere to my suggestion of variety of chocolate – it’s for the best, I think.

Chocolate Tart

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

• 150g digestive biscuits, finely crushed – for you Americans Graham crackers would work just as well

• 70g butter, melted

• 2 tbsp caster sugar

• 1 tbsp cocoa powder

• 200g plain chocolate, finely chopped

• 300ml double cream

• 2 eggs

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• A pinch of salt

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Mix together the melted butter, digestive biscuits, sugar and cocoa powder and press firmly, but evenly, into and up the sides of a 9-inch tart tin. Bake this for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.

2. While the casing is cooling bring the cream to the boil and pour it over the chocolate, leave time for the chocolate to melt and stir until smooth. Whisk together the eggs, vanilla and a pinch of salt before pouring them into the chocolate mixture. Combine the two and then pour into the tart case. Bake for around 20 minutes, or until the filling is just set.

Cost: The entire tart, not including energy bills, should come to around £2.30 which is less than any self-respecting café would charge for a single slice. You see, this is why I don’t tend to buy cakes when I go for coffee – shrewd!

80 thoughts on “National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Tart

  1. Cocoa Flower

    Some people have all the fun! What a great way to justify eating chocolate for a week. I will have to try this recipe, it looks delicious. And, I love chocolate. I’m inspired to make my double chocolate oreo cookie cake now.

  2. Meghan

    This looks amazing, I wish Canada had a National Chocolate Week. Maybe I’ll write my MP. I’m wondering, what’s the benefit of using caster sugar? We don’t have that hear and I read that you have to make it by grinding regular sugar in a food processor. I don’t mind, but it is an added step and I like to keep things simple if I can.

  3. spree

    Looks lovely luscious! I’m from the states and “digestive biscuits” is a foreign term to me. I wonder if we have a true equivalent or if I should have a Canadian friend bring me some digestives the next time he’s down. I’d certainly like to join Britain in the celebration Hope I’m not too late. : )

  4. liadh1

    Looks gorgeous! I find digestive biscuits here in Virginia at the World Market, or at several of the big supermarkets in the British food section. I love them, so I always have some on hand.

  5. baconbiscuit212

    This looks amazing! I must try it! I had no idea that National Chocolate Week was going on. London is a great chocolate town. When I was there about a month ago, a dear friend of mine who is a chocolate lover sent me with a shopping list for places around town. Paul A Young had the yummiest truffles! What kind of chocolate did you use?

    1. frugalfeeding

      I have to admit I’ve never experience the chocolate side of London, though i’ll be there in a couple of weeks! I used some basic sort of plain/dark chocolate, nothing special but it worked a treat.

  6. saiyiu

    Oh wow I wish we also adopted Chocolate Week in Canada, along with the fantastic tea from your nation.

    I like this recipe for the simple tart crust! Reminds me of how you’ve use graham crackers for squares. You could probably play around with chocolate digestives too, I’d imagine!

    1. frugalfeeding

      I’m not a big fan of tea, but you should totally adopt chocolate week! Chocolate digestives probably wouldn’t work as well – the chocolate would make the whole process a little harder, plus it would melt and give the whole casing the wrong consistency.

  7. Danielle Charles

    I have to admit that I’m just a wee bit envious of your national chocolate week! I think I will just have to declare that today is national chocolate day here in my house so that I too can celebrate :) Looks absolutely delicious and the perfect way to cap off a week dedicated to one of the best things known to man.

  8. Jen R

    Every week in Chocolate week at our house, Teenage Daughter made this last night….very yum…lovely smooth and crunch texture combo, thanks for another great recipe xx

  9. CorkAndSpoon

    That looks so incredibly decadent and so soooo good. I had to google whether we have a national week or month dedicated to chocolate here in the US. So far no luck…though I have found several days dedicated to different chocolatey things like National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day on Nov 7. I can work with that, lol! ~Ruth~

  10. Casey

    HOLY CHOCOLATE! I’m definitely making this! How did I seriously miss out on National Chocolate Week?! Sigh. I feel like every week is already NAtional Chocolate Week to me… :p

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