Today, we are all kind of tense, anxious, thrilled. After two and a half months, our kids are back in their school desks. For some, it is the first time, so the excitement is even greater, both for parents and for the young ones.
We are supposed to mark this new beginning in some way, and there is no better way to do so, than with a present for all our senses. I still haven’t met a child nor a grown-up who doesn’t like the taste of chocolate.
Chocolate is so lovely and creamy. I wonder, how can we be allowed to enjoy in something as tasteful as this?
Chocolate used to have a reputation of unhealthy food, at least it did when I was a child. That has somewhat changed with the birth of my daughter, fifteen years ago. I remember, I would go to the doctor, and the would cry that she wanted chocolate. I wouldn’t allow her to eat any before lunch, because she would be full, I also wouldn’t allow it after lunch, because it would make her teeth go bad. The doctor gave me a piece of his mind, and told me not to forbid the chocolate to the child because it feeds its brain. Then I turned over a new leaf and start giving her chocolate, because, for God’s sake, a competent person told me to. Now her brain is so well fed that she never closes her mouth, she speaks when she should and when she shouldn’t 🙂 .
It is a completely different situation today. People realized that there are benefits of the consumption of chocolate, or dark chocolate, to be more precise, especially among the younger population.
We love chocolate not only because of its flavor, but also for its influence on our mood. It is among the top ten groceries that feed our brain, influence our mood and help us focus better, i.e. in this school example, it is referred to as ‘learning’.
We are going to deal with chocolate some more, because I’m preparing you a surprise in one of the following posts. And until then, let’s focus on our today’s surprise upon the arrival from school.
What a surprise!
Chocolate tart or simply choco tart.
It is a very simple recipe to prepare, although at first it may seem to have a lot to do with the crust part. However, based on my amateur experience, I can confirm that it is not exactly like that in practice. You can prepare faster than it may seem.
To make dough, you can use mixer at first, but it is easier if you do everything with your hands. According to the recipe, the dough should go through your hands twice (with just a little kneading), then wrap it in foil and leave it (just like in the goat cheese tart recipe).
The basis for the filling of this tart is a classical chocolate ganache.
What is ganache?
Ganache is a chocolate cream for which we need just two ingredients- chocolate and sweet cream.
Depending what you use ganache for, the proportion of sweet cream and chocolate can vary. So, for example, for the glaze recipe, the proportion is 1:1. For the recipe for creams used as filling (thicker than glaze), you need 100gr of chocolate for 50ml of sweet cream.
To prepare our ganache, you just have to add everything as it says in the filling preparation recipe, and that is all.
Not so complicated, is it?
When you bake dough, even though we’ve already talked about this in the goat cheese tart recipe, it doesn’t hurt to repeat it, you have to bake the dough twice.
First, layer it with the baking paper in which you put beans as a weight. Unless there’s beans, the dough will rise and we won’t get the mold we wanted. Bake it for 10 minutes.
Afterwards, remove beans and paper, and bake it for additional 5-10 minutes, depending on the oven. My advice is to glance through the glass and be sure everything is under control.
And this is important too
There’s another important thing when you compose tart. You shouldn’t immediately put it in the fridge, especially if chocolate is still warm. Thus, it can turn white, which you wouldn’t like. You know how yucky those chocolates from the store which first melted and then firmed look. Let it chill first and then you can put it in the fridge.
The good side of this tart is that when you’re already kneading the dough, you can knead bigger amount. You can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days (the same thing with filling). When you need it, simply repeat the baking and composing process, and you have this delight in about 20 minutes.
And now, let’s do some tasting and improve our brain function, make an impact on our concentration and mood.
Happy beginning of new school year with this wonderful chocolate tart.
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