bitter chocolate tart #1- the pastry
Looking back, I should have known. A chocolate pastry with no eggs in the recipe. No eggs, no liquid. It was never going to be a pastry. I really should have known. But no! I blindly trusted the words on the page and ended up with rubble. And that is where my instincts kicked in.I don’t think I’m cut out to be a pastry chef. As a breed, they are accurate. They measure, they record, the follow procedure. I am haphazard and experimental and finish my baking-testing-sessions with indecipherable units scrawled across a butter coated page. But I did well this time, oh yes I did. Because this recipe – the one that I swore I’d never make again, the one I messed about with so much it is unidentifiable, was bliss at first bite.Bitter chocolate and pistachio praline tart. Say it with me. Mmmm…..I’m splitting this recipe into two posts due to its sheer length. Don’t be discouraged. It’s a lovely, lovely tart. I should know. I ate two slices of it, and I’m not a chocolate tart kinda girl.
bitter chocolate & pistachio praline tart – the pastry
You will need:
- 120g butter
- 115g white sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- 50gm cocoa powder
- 120g flour (or 200g flour if you prefer it crunchy and not soft)
Measure out your ingredients.Â An organised kitchen is a happy kitchen, or so they say. Don’t forget the eggs.
Cube the butter and cream it with the sugar. You can use an electric beater for this step. It’s quicker and easier than wooden spooning it.Â Step Three:Add your eggs one at a time, combining thoroughly after each addition. Add the vanilla similarly.Â
Â Step Six:
[psst! onebitemore is flyin’ about Asia at the moment, so please bear with me if I don’t get aroundÂ to replying to your comments straight away. much love!]