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Chocolate and Lemon Tarts

13 Sep

This summer was a tart filled summer. Tarts are surprisingly easy to make and turn out pretty fluted edges with no effort. You can make all types of tarts because there are so many types of crusts that be used. Flaky butter pie crusts for sweet or savory tarts and graham, shortbread or cookie crusts for sweet tarts. Plus, most of the time you only need to bake the crust and not the filling so it’s very easy. The pan I used in California was a scratched up 9″ aluminum pan I got for $2 at the thrift shop. I have a non-stick 10″ pan with a removable bottom at home in NY. I totally recommend the latter. It was a Christmas gift purchased from Crate and Barrel in my annual Cousins Secret Santa. Thanks Lisa!

Sour Cream Lemon Tart

I made a lemon tart following this recipe. It’s basically a pudding thickened with corn starch and egg yolk with lemon juice and sour cream stirred in. It’s really simple to make, especially if you use a store bought refrigerator pastry crust like I did. The result was tasty but didn’t look amazing. The zest is visible and it was difficult to smooth out the filling. It also didn’t set well at all. We drove this to the final destination and one hard stop caused the filling to shift out of the crust. Tasty but not very presentable.

after the car ride

I made the chocolate satin tart for a friend’s birthday party. I let him pick a dessert and he said anything with chocolate! It’s kind of funny because chocolate would have been the last thing I would have chosen but I have to accommodate the birthday boy! It took me a long time to decide what to make because it had to be a chocolate dessert that was portable and would survive a hot car ride to New Jersey. Chocolate cake/cupcakes would have been too fragile, cheesecake/mousse/puddings would have melted, and brownies weren’t special enough.

The recipe I used turned out to be perfect because the filling was very sturdy. That’s probably because it’s mainly chocolate! It’s almost like a firm chocolate ganache tart. The crust was made from shortbread cookies, butter and sugar. The recipe is very easy. The only thing I changed was to replace the rosemary/mint for a tablespoon of instant coffee granules. Coffee brings out the rich chocolate flavor.

The birthday boy loved the dessert. He also got a store bought cappuccino birthday cake but this 10″ tart was able to serve ~14 people. Since it’s so rich, a smaller slice is preferable. Milk is highly recommended!

What chocolate dessert would you have chosen to make?

Some recent food pics

23 Jul

Freshly picked jalapenos and tomatoes from my vegetable pots! The insides of the tomatoes were slightly green, probably weren’t completely ready yet but they were quite sweet! Made more jalapeno poppers with the peppers but baked them this time to avoid the oil. So yum.
fresh picked veggies

Mom made bread again. One pan is plain, the other has dried pork shreds inside.
bread two pans

This one has cinnamon sugar! Each roll is rolled with cinnamon sugar inside.
bread cinnamon rolls

Chocolate beef chili. Soo good. The chocolate flavor is barely there but makes it taste so much better. I cheated and used a packaged chili flavoring mix but that’s how I usually make it. I like consistency and it’s easy. Brown a pound of ground beef, add a chopped onion, chopped jalapeno pepper, a can of red beans, a small can of tomato sauce, a packet of chili flavoring and 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder.
chocolate beef chili

Healthy chocolate chip cookies

12 Jul

chocolate chip cookies healthy
My sister asked me to make chocolate chip cookies after seeing this article in the NY Times. The recipe is here. BUT it asks for 2 1/2 sticks of butter for only 16 cookies! I love cookies but I can’t stand to bake with that much butter. I’d prefer to buy them and blissfully eat them without knowing how much butter went into baking them. So I searched the web for a healthier version with ingredients I had on hand and I found this one on jinxy’s blog.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Jinxy

1/4 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or crushed dark chocolate bar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together applesauce, butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into first mixture and mix well. Then stir in oats, followed by the chocolate. Place rounded tsp-full 2 inches apart on an Exopat baking mats on a cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
chocolate chip cookies stack
They’re pretty good although the oatmeal in them is very prevalent throughout the cookie.