Tuesday, April 28, 2009

TWD - Chocolate Cream Tart


Well, I hope to have my baking groove back with this Chocolate Cream Tart which is Kim from Scrumptious Photography’s TWD pick this week. I didn’t even get to do the Daring Bakers challenge for this month, but I took yesterday off work and even though the kitchen is still not complete, I have at least sorted out the scullery which means that finally, my baking gear is mostly unpacked! The other thing I unpacked was a box with some new tea towels in it that I had been collecting for the new house – today I have 37 new tea towels hanging on my line. OCD – who me?

This tart was a great thing to be the first baked item (other than the disappointing muffins last week) in my new oven. I quartered the recipe and made two small tarts. The pastry is a delicious chocolate shortcrust pastry. I used dutched cocoa which gave it a lovely rich, chocolate flavour. The filling is basically a chocolate custard. I could have eaten the whole lot by itself – very yummy and very easy to make. The cooked pie crust is then filled with the chilled custard and topped with whipped cream. Yum! Chocolate, pastry and cream – I think this is my favourite April TWD recipe.

See what the other TWDers thought here. I promise to be a better blogger after my total lapse this month during the house move!

20 comments:

steph- whisk/spoon said...

37 tea towels--what!?! :)

glad to hear the kitchen is coming along, and you are getting good use of your new oven!

The Food Librarian said...

This looks lovely...and you are well prepared with those tea towels!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Tammy, I can absolutely sympathise with you, having moved at exactly the same time. I only managed because I had two weeks off between jobs, and I baked all but the last 2 April TWD recipes way in advance, and made one at my Mum's house. Your litle pies look lovely. I made the full recipe for work, but found it very rich.

Engineer Baker said...

Yay for having a kitchen again :) Perfect way to break it in!

Megan said...

And really, what better way to break in a new kitchen than with a chocolate cream tart?

pinkstripes said...

I'm glad it was a success for you. Your tarts look wonderful!

Linda said...

What a nice way to break in your new oven with your delicious looking tarts.

IMHO, you can never have enough tea towels. ;) Congrats --- it sounds like you're in the home stretch with your kitchen!

Snooky doodle said...

I want a new kitchen too :( Great you have one :) these tarts look delicious .

Mermaid Sweets said...

I have I told you I have kitchen envy, yes, I think I did. I had a sad accident in my small kitchen tonight -dropped cake - which I am chocking up to a small kitchen.

Marthe said...

Moving is terrible.... Your tarts look sooo cute!

Amanda said...

I loved this too! So delicious! Congrats on getting mostly unpacked :)

chocolatechic said...

37 tea towels?

Wow!

Glad you got your scullery all worked out.

Leslie said...

This is the ideal tart to get your groove back with! And you say 37 tea towels like there's something wrong with that?? You're just being green saving the earth from the proliferation of paper products!

I've always ironed my tea towels. Call me crazy, but I love a crisp tea towel. When M. saw me doing that early on, he said "So you iron your towels, but not the shirt you're wearing to a meeting with the CEO?"

kimberly salem said...

Congrats on getting unpacked!! :) Glad you got to break in your new stove with the tartlets. They look great!

Elyse said...

These tarts look sooo good, Tammy! I really want one right now. I'm loving the chocolate pastry cream and chocolate crust. Man oh man, a chocolate lover's dream!

Clivia said...

Your tarts looks delicious! I hope those towels start turning up in your photos.

Di said...

I'm glad to hear that you're finally getting settled again. I hope the new oven continues to be more cooperative. Nice job on the tart.

Kayte said...

New Stuff! What fun! The tart looks lovely, and it sounds like you are having a great week! Congrats on both accounts.

TeaLady said...

It was really good, wasn't it. Looks delicious.

You are not OCD, just a collector. I cleaned out my mom's attic and found a box with about 30 tea towels she had collected from all the places we/she has been. They are so pretty and soooo useful - if I can bring myself to actually use them.

Tracey said...

That's a lot of tea towels! :) Your tarts look great! What a nice recipe to make in your new oven!