Sunday, 13 February 2011

Eating.... and making an Chocolate & Strawberry tart....

While Nessie had been busy eating,
I had been busy in the kitchen making...

So, what am I making today? Well, today I'm going to make an Chocolate Strawberry Tart, a recipe from hotelchocolat

Chocolate Strawberry Tart

Serves: 10

Preparation time: 30 mins
Standing time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 20 mins



•250g flour
•100g Icing Sugar
•1 pinch of Salt
•1tbsp cocoa powder
•200g butter
•2 egg yolks, lightly beaten with 1tbs of water

Chocolate Praline Filling

•50g Classic Liquid Chocolate ( I used melted Dark Chocolate)
•200g Smudge ( I used Nutella instead)
•200ml whipped cream

•150g sliced strawberries
•100g strawberry jam



1.Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, add butter and rub in with the fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Or use a food processor to save a bit of time!

2.Make a well in the centre on your dry ingredients and add the egg yolk and water mix.

3.Combine mixture with a wooden spoon, then knead by hand to form a ball of dough.

4.Cover with cling film and place in a refrigerator for at least an hour before using.

5.Pre heat oven to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.

6.Lightly grease an 11-inch flan tin.

7.Roll out the pastry so it is about 2mm thick.

8.Now line the baking tray with pastry.

9.Cover the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans or chickpeas.

10.Cook in pre-heated oven for 15-20 mins

11.Leave to cool and remove the greaseproof paper and beans/peas.


1.Bring cream to the boil in a pan on the hob or in a microwave proof bowl in the microwave and pour it over chocolate and smudge.

2.Stir well and spread over pastry

3.Leave to cool

1.Add slices of strawberries.

2.Heat jam until it becomes a runny glaze consistency, this can be done in a pan over the hob or in a microwave proof bowl in the microwave.

3.Arrange strawberries on top of the praline filling.
4.Spread jam over the strawberries.

5.Allow jam to set in fridge and serve.