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Mint Chocolate Cream Tart…

by Jamie on April 27, 2009

Fresh on the heels of the Daring Bakers Cheesecake and oral surgery, I almost sat out this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. However, since I have been sitting in my house since last Wednesday…boredom got the best of me! I cannot explain the monotony that I have endured due to a swollen face which at the present moment is somewhat reminiscent of Octo-Mom. Since its back to work tomorrow and no more pain pills, I figured I would take advantage of my last day off and do something to occupy my time and maybe cure my listlessness. I did cut the recipe in half and made a smaller tart because there is still a cheesecake staring me in the puffy face each time I open the refrigerator door.

This week’s recipe for Dorie’s Chocolate Cream Tart was chosen by Kim of Scrumptious Photography. I made the tart dough in the early morning so it had ample time to freeze. Then baked it off in the evening and assembled the rest of the components. The chocolate tart dough is super easy to make in the food processor and literally comes together in minutes. I was not a fan of the raw dough, but the cooled chocolate pastry cream was quite good especially with the tiny bit of mint extract I added. Once I cooled the pastry cream over an ice bath I plopped it into the cooled crust and set in the fridge until I was done with the whipped cream. Because I cut the recipe in half, I did not have quite enough pastry cream to fill the shell all the way, but that just left more room for the whippy stuff! Once the whipped cream was piped on, I simply garnished the tart with a mint leaf and threw on some mini chocolate chips at the last minute. Overall, we thought this dessert was mediocre, I doubt I will make it again, but I am glad I tried it!
For the recipe, visit Kim’s blog or flip to pages 352-352 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. For more Chocolate Cream Tart yumminess, head over to the TwD blogroll. Have a great day! Oh and stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway!



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rookie cookie April 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

So right up my alley. Mmmmmmmm!

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Mama Bear April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm

That looks SO good. Yum.

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Megan April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Awww – too bad it wasn’t high up your list – because it looks so pretty and festive!

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Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" April 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Your tart is so pretty! I like your whipped cream puffs. =)

I loved this weeks.

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Em April 28, 2009 at 12:13 am

Looks great – even if ya didn’t love it!

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Cristine April 28, 2009 at 2:25 am

Looks fantastic!!!

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vibi April 28, 2009 at 6:40 am

How to turn an almost regular looking pie, into an work of art?

Ask Jamie!

You must have fairy fingers to accomplish such beautiful details! Bravo!

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Amanda April 28, 2009 at 6:42 am

I’m sorry you weren’t crazy about it :( I absolutely was in love with this tart too! So creamy and delish. Even better after a day in the fridge MMMMMMMMM

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Isabelle April 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

c’est super raffiné ! j’aime vraiment beaucoup :)

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SiHaN April 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

That looks so good! almost perfect actually. and the fresh mint leaf in the centre. Looks devastatingly gorgeous..

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Ingrid April 28, 2009 at 9:51 am

LOL, glad you decided to try it. Looks so pretty. How do you manage to make everything look so put together?
~ingrid

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Children of the Nineties April 28, 2009 at 10:30 am

It looks gorgeous. I love the mint leaf garnish!

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chocolatechic April 28, 2009 at 10:45 am

Sorry it wasn’t very good to you.

We found it fabulous.

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Mary Ann April 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Mint? I wish I would’ve thought of that. It looks beautiful!

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Jennifer April 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I LOVE chocolate and mint, but sadly, my family are not fans of the combo. Darn mint-hating kids! I think your dessert looks fabulous, btw, so I’m sorry it doesn’t taste as good as it looks.

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pinkstripes April 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

MINT chocolate! I’m so there. Your tart looks fantastic.

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kimberly salem April 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm

The mint sounds fab! I love that combo. Sorry you didn’t love it, but thanks for trying it out :)

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How To Eat A Cupcake April 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Great idea adding mint! Yum!

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Pamela April 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I think my kids would like the mint version. It looks wonderful, but I’m sorry it wasn’t a winner. And I hope you are feeling better soon!!

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Ciao Chow Linda April 29, 2009 at 6:31 am

No one could resist such a gorgeous, luscious looking tart. I’m ready to try this one.

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Jill April 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I love how you decorated it!

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doughmesstic April 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

This is gorgeous. I was only thinking orange – but the mint? Brilliant. I loved this recipe so much that next time I will definitely try it by adding your combo. Oooh – and Peppermint Patties or Junior Mints!
Thakns for the inspiration!

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Kayte April 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Mint…now there’s a nice idea! Your tart is so elegant and lovely. Aren’t the minis fun? Yours looks really great. Hope you are feeling better.
Kayte
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Leslie April 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

How beautiful! I bet it was yummy with the mint!

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Jamie April 30, 2009 at 6:13 am

Now why was it only mediocre? It looks pretty outrageous and yummy from here!

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Jacque April 30, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Oh my gosh, it’s so perfect! Nice work.

Hope your mouth gets to feeling better :)

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The Food Librarian May 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Wow! So pretty. What a nice “pain pill” replacement tart! :) Hope you are all good now.

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TeaLady May 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Hope you and your mouth are better. Your tart is lovely. Sorry it wasn’t your thing.

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Tracey May 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Hope you’re feeling better! Sorry the tart wasn’t a hit. It does look beautiful and I’m intrigued by the addition of mint.

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Di May 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Mint sounds like a great addition to this one. Nice job. =)

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