Dark chocolate and raspberry tart

by Jeanne on February 20, 2009

in Dessert, Recipes - baking, Recipes - vegetarian


Aaaaah… sweet, sweet Friday.  I thought you'd never come.

When I was at university, I never had lectures on a Friday afternoon.  I would drive off our huge campus (our campus was the biggest in the Southern hemisphere, and a nature reserve to boot!) in my little Ford Escort and if I saw anybody I knew on the balcony at the Humewood Mansions, I'd park and pop in for a drink.  There, we'd make plans for the weekend – were there any residence clubhouse parties?  Or maybe the architecture students were having one of their fabulous avant garde discos at the Sea Scout hall. Or maybe we'd just go clubbing at Lillies, or Limelight.  The night was alive with possibilities.  Would I bump into whichever boy I had a crush on?  Would we kiss?  There was seriously no night quite as exciting on a Friday night.

These days, I hit the gym on Friday nights.  It may have something to do with wanting to have a lie-in on Saturdays and not get up early for gym.  It almost certainly has something to do with a looming ski holiday in a chalet with a hot tub, and not wanting to resemble a beluga whale that has improbably beached itself in the french Alps… 

Or it could just be called "being a grown-up" :)

If you're feeling grown-up this weekend and in need of a dessert to match, look no further than this dark chocolate tart with raspberries, which our friend John made for us on new year's eve.  There is very little about it that's sweet:  there's lemon in the pastry; the raspberries are tart; and the chocolate is dark and sultry rather than sweet and milky.  But what it lacks in sweetness, it more than compensates for in sheer decadence – and it's guaranteed to make you fall in love with Friday nights all over again.

The recipe comes from The Ultimate Mixer Cookbook by Kay Halsey, written specially to help you make the most of your KitchenAid stand mixer.  Yes, John and Suzie own a KitchenAid.  No, I don't. Yet.

But the day I buy one, I'll really know I'm a grown-up.




200g plain flour
50g icing sugar
Grated zest of 1/4 lemon
150g butter
3 Tbsp ground almonds
1 egg
large pinch of salt

300g dark cooking chocolate (I used 70%)
2 Tbsp creme fraiche
100g butter
350g Raspberries (I cut them in half top to bottom)

Place the flour, icing sugar, lemon zest, butter, ground almonds, egg, and salt into a mixing bowl.  Using an electric mixer, mix on slow speed until the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl clean.  (If using a KitchenAid, use the dough hook on speed 1 or 2.)  Shape the pastry dough into a ball, press down and reshape it – do this three times.  Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in a cool place for 3 hours. 
After 3 hours, Preheat the oven to 210C.  Roll the pastry into a circle on a lightly floured surface and use to line a greased tart tin.  (John used a 30cm tin and left bits hanging over the side for a rustic look, "which helped cover up the uneven rolling"!) Make a few holes in the pastry with a fork, fill with some baking beans and blind bake for 10 minutes.  Take out the beans and bake for 15 more minutes.  Remove the pastry case from the oven and take out of the tin.  Set aside to cool.

In the meantime, melt the choclate in a double boiler or in a heat proof bowl over, but not touching, a saucepan of boiling water.  Place the creme fraiche in a small saucepan and bring almost to the boil, then pour the melted chocolate into the hot creme fraiche.  Cut the butter into small knobs and mix in until completely melted.

To assemble, arrange the raspberries in the bottom of the pastry case and pour the chocolate mixture over them.  Set aside for 30 minutes to cool at room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator for 1.5hrs until chocoalte has set.     
Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve with a glass of sparkling wine.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan February 21, 2009 at 6:13 am

That’s a nice looking tart – I really like the idea of lemon in the pastry!
Talking about a KitchenAid mixer – You made me laugh when you said ‘When I buy one, I’ll really know I’m a grown-up!! LOL


Johanna February 21, 2009 at 7:07 am

I can live without a kitchen aid and gym on Fridays but I think all I need to prove how grown up I am is the craving I now have for a piece of this luscious tart :-)


Meeta February 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

this is just the kind of dessert that makes me weak! I love the choc-rasberry combination. this looks great!


Sophie February 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

This choclate tarte looks divine! MMMMMMM….


Katie February 21, 2009 at 10:34 am

What a delicious looking tart!
I felt super grown up when I got my kitchenaid, but now it makes so much of a mess I’m back to being a kid :D
Katie xox


Paz February 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Wow! Now, this looks GOOD.
Paz ;-)


elra February 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Chocolate and berry are my favorite. Your tart look really delicious.
Have a good week end Jeanne!


Bellini Valli February 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Rasbperries and chocolate always go perfectly together!!!


Kevin February 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm

That chocolate tart looks amazing with the bright red fresh raspberries in it! Raspberries and chocolate are such a great combination.


NAOmni February 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

The older I get, the more I appreciate the brilliance that are raspberries!


Ros February 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Chocolate done in a grown up way is the best thing. I guess that’s why half my disposable income is spent at Hotel Chocolat. The sparkling wine sounds like the perfect partner to the tart.
Now last Friday I didn’t go to the pub at all for a change. I got caught by the lads in our school bridge club and somehow ended up playing bridge with them until well past eight. Does playing bridge with teenagers on a Friday night make you more or less grown up?


grace February 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm

oh jeanne! this looks like chocolate frosting simply slathered onto a delightful crust. i would devour this tart whole.


Peter February 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Oh goodness Jeanne, I think I’ve just died & gone to chocolat heaven!


Browniegirl February 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Yep! My sister is the only grown up I know around here who has one of these. It seems to be taking me forever to grow up enough to get one……I DID borrow hers for about 6 months early 2008. She eventually came to fetch it and brought with her a brand new Kenwood Chef Major so I didn’t protest tooooo much at the beloved Blue Bomb leaving my kitchen counter… This tert looks decadent girl….xxx


courtney February 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I think you need to remedy that KA situation soon.:-) I love rich, not overly sweet desserts. There is no way your skinny self will ever look like a beached whale. But at least you will be fit and ready for the slopes.


ChefBliss February 23, 2009 at 8:24 pm

This looks DELICIOUS!!!!


ingrid February 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Looks and sounds good. I prefer my chocolate desserts just like you described dark and sultry.


Rico February 27, 2009 at 12:16 am

the colour are darn right amazing, beautiful combo or dark brown and red peeking out of it, the flavour combo also a divine one …well done xxx


Karen March 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm

oh my gosh, you have me drooling. this is going to be my next dessert.


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