This week’s recipe was hosted by dharmagirl of bliss: towards a delicious life. She picked the Tarte Noir, a simple tart that shows off its main ingredient, chocolate. This is really the perfect tart for a summer afternoon in the Central Israeli heat.
We were invited out to our friend S.’s apartment for lunch on Saturday for her birthday party. I knew that I would have a welcome audience for such a chocolate treat (they are chocolate lovers in that apartment.) I read all the instructions and I saw Dorie’s note that the tart was best enjoyed the same day it was made. After experiencing one travel mishap with a tart (think lemon cream all over the place) I decided that I would assemble the tart at S.’s place to prevent any disasters. Dorie said to heat the ganache to bring it to the right temperature that it would pour well, let me tell you, after a 30 minute walk in the Israeli heat, that ganache was at the perfect temperature. We were also invited to our friends’ A. and M. for a lunch/kiddush (food after prayer services) as well. What can I say, we Jews love to eat! So we had decided that we wouldn’t eat a lunch at A. and M.’s so that we wouldn’t end up eating two lunches, though they had quite a spread.
So the plan was to stop off at S.’s, fill the tart shell with the chocolate ganache and refrigerate it, then run over to A. and M.’s, spend about 40 minutes there socializing, and then come back to S.’s. It worked out perfectly.
And, best of all, this recipe was done sooo quickly. I made the crust in the morning and then made the filling some time in the afternoon, it took about 10 minutes. Then I refrigerated the filling overnight and put the whole thing together the next morning. It would have been perfect with a little whipped cream, but there was no way that it would survive the heat. Everyone enjoyed it anyway.
I did not have a chance to take a picture of the finished product as it was the Sabbath, so I asked my friend M. (who lives with S.) to save a piece and take a picture on Saturday night. Rocker Dude was over there Sunday morning because for some reason he can actually get work done there, and he said that M. was in a panic that there was only one piece left and she hadn’t taken a picture yet. So she quickly took a whole bunch of pictures and then ate the last piece!
If you are looking for a simple yet elegant dessert, this should be your go-to recipe. You can dress it up with fresh berries or whipped cream or just enjoy the chocolate plain. Yum.
I decided to do this tart with a regular tart crust as opposed to a chocolate tart crust (at Rocker Dude’s suggestion), you can find the recipe for that here.
Recipe (From Baking: From My Home to Yours):
Sweet Tart Crust (recipe here), fully baked and cooled.
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature