Tarte au Chocolat Noir // Dark Chocolate Tart

Tarte au Chocolat1I’ve been craving Chocolate for weeks now, but after a super Weird chocolate allergy on December I wasn’t very sure to try chocolate again.

As that promise was hard to keep, my Father in Law asked me a Thin Dark Chocolate Tart for his BDay before leaving to the States so I gave up to my chocolate fear and made this (awesome) dessert.

Is very French style to do very thin tarts as dessert after a heavy dinner, so If you are looking for something sophisticated, balanced and not too sweet this chocolate tart is for you.

You will need:
Yield: 6 – 8 servings

Crust:

Yield: For a tart of 22cm or 6 persons

  • 50 g of butter softened
  • 50 g of icing sugar
  • 20 g of almond flour
  • 25 g of egg
  • 125 g of flour
  • 1/2 vanilla bean scrapped
  • a pinch of salt
  • a little bit of water

Put the butter in a mixer bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
Add the sugar, ground almonds, and vanilla bean seeds. Mix until well combined.

Add the egg. Be sure the egg is fully incorporated before adding the next ingredient.
Combine the flour and salt. Add to the dough in about three parts. Mix until just it comes together. Attention here: Be very careful and for any reason Do not overwork the dough!

It’s better to have a lumpy dough rather than a overworked one.
Turn the dough into a disk and wrap them with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for an hour.

Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll it between two sheets of parchment paper. Work quickly…like that the dough will stay manageable and not soft and overworked.
Line your tart ring with the dough and put it back in the fridge for at least 1 hrs to rest.

Preheat the oven to180°C
Bake for 15-20 minutes until it’s golden brown.

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Chocolate Ganache:

  • 240 g of liquid Heavy cream (full fat … sorry ^.^)
  • 18 g Glucose Syrup
  • 35 g of butter
  • 220 g of Dark chocolate
  • cocoa powder to sprinkle

Weigh the darkchocolate, chop it and put it in a bowl. set aside.

In a small casserole bring to a boil the cream, glucose and the butter.

Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and gently mix the whole withour incorporating any air bubles. If you have bubles pop them!

When the chocolate in all silky and bright, pour it over your prebaked tart crust. Lei it set for 20 min room temperature and then refrigerate.

When the tart is completely set, sprinkle cocoa powder to decorate.

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Hope you love it, and guess what?? No allergy this time =D.

LOVE,

Sara

Lets do the Original French Puff Pastry // Pâte Feuilletée

Happy New Year my dear friends!

What about the New Year’s resolutions? Mines were pretty simple, (every year the same) do more sport, learn more pastries technique, learn how to take good pictures and blog more lol!

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For the Puff Pastry you will need:

  • 500 g of Flour
  • 200 g of Butter
  • 8 g of Salt
  • 300 g of Cold Water

On your countertop, put the flour and make a well (volcano).
Dissolve the salt in the water and add water (little by little) to the center of the well.

Start kneading the sticky dough with your fingers, without giving body to the dough.
Make the dough into a ball and with a knife cut an “X” on the surface of the dough.

Let the dough rest in the fridge for 45 min or an hour. This whole simple procedure is called “détrempe”.

After the resting time, remove the dough from the fridge, place on a slightly floured surface and followin the cuts roll out the dough into a large rectangle. The cuts or ends must be thinner than the center of the dough.

Place the  chilled butter (must have and square shape) in the center and fold the 4 ends (cuts previously made) over it so the buttert is completely encased in dough. Hit the butter a little with your pastry roll, this will soften it a little making it easier to work with.

Roll out the dough again, to about 1/2 inch thickness. Fold into thirds.
This is the first ”turn” called in french “tour simple”.

Rotate the dough 90 degrees and roll out into a rectangle again. Re do a “turn” (fold into thirds) like before .

By this time the butter is starting to warm up. Place the dough on plastic wrap sheet,  mark it with two pokes from your finger (representing two turns) ,wrap it and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Repeat this rolling, folding and turning two more times, so in total you must do 6 turns.

When ready  wrap and refrigerate. The dough is now ready to roll out and use in any recipe calling for puff pastry.
Roll the dough out as thin as 1/4 inch to make pastries.

To bake, preheat the oven of at 220° C for the first 10 minutes (do not open before), then lower the temperature at 180°C until ready (depending of the recipe).

Snowflakes Sugar Cookies

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Christmas for me is like a baking fever, I want to do everything almost in no time.
Baking cookies is such a tradition but you can agree with me that finding a good cookie recipe can be hard.
After a lot of trying and disappointments I ran on this great recipe from Rosie. Gave it a try with a few turns and voilà, cookies where delicious and above all they didn’t deform while baking. This recipe is a Keeper.
As mine in Law’s where leaving us for xmas to see the rest of the family, I had to come up with cute easy transportable gift for everyone and thats when the cookies came to save me. So I did 2 batches of these lovelies and had so much fun decorating them.
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Snowflakes Sugar Cookies

Yield: Aprox 22 medium cookies
Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita

You will need:

  • 375 g of all-purpose flour, sifted
  • a pinch of salt salt
  • 230 g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 large eggs, cold
  • 1teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract

In large bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.

In your Kitchen Aid or electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg until well incorporated.

Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add the vanilla extract (in my case I add a little of pure vanilla powder cause its great)  and almond extract and blend. Scrape the walls of the bowl to better results.

Remove the dough from bowl, make a ball, and place on a large piece of paper film on your counter top. Wrap  the ball and then press down with the palm of your hand and make a disc.

Place the dough disc in the fridge for about an hour. I always wait cause in that way the cookies gets sharp edges.

Remove the disc and plastic wrap, place the dough on top of a large piece of parchment paper , then another sheet of parchment paper and roll it out. At the beginning its a little bit hard, but it will get easier I promise!

If you don’t have dough dowels like me, try to roll the dough until you get aprox the same thickness everywhere.

Preheat your oven to 180° C. Slide your parchment paper and dough onto a board, then place in refrigerator for about 20minutes. Remove from fridge, and cut your shapes using the cutters of your choice.

Place the cookies on a baking pan previously set with parchment paper. Place sheet with cookies into freezer for 30 minutes before baking.

Bake for14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Cool sheets on wire racks. When the cookies are cooled you can start decorating with royal icing =D

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The cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

The Christmas day my mom in law distribute the cute cookie packages we prepare and everyone absolutely loved them. We receive so many calls and flattering messages for the simple but great gift.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and that  all your wishes come true.

Love,

Sara

Christmas Apple Tart // Tarte Pomme Epices de Noël

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Apple pie anyone?
I know you might think you have already tried a great apple pie, maybe mine wont be different but after a lot of research and criticism of my Father in law (one of the most demanding and delicate palates I know), I wanted to do a perfect xmas spiced apple tart and believe me, for once I can’t be happier with the result.

Due a lack of apples, i had to put 3 small pears inside but the result was even better so I highly recommend to include the pears, but if you are not very convinced you can totally go for a full apple tart. It will work great as well.

Here is the recipe, try it and let me know  *.*

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For the Sweet Dough you will need:
Yield: For a tart of 22cm or 6 persons

  • 50 g of butter softened
  • 50 g of icing sugar
  • 25 g of egg
  • 125 g of flour
  • a little bit of water

In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid or else, cream the butter and the sugar until pale and smooth. Add in the egg.

In low speed incorporate the flour to the sugar butter mixture. Add a little bit of water until the dough comes together and the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Do not over beat.

Remove the dough from the bowl, form a disk with it  and wrap in plastic film. Refrigerate for 30 min or more.

Butter the tart ring and place it on a baking sheet. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cover the ring with it. Pinch the edges and Reserve.

Prepare the Christmas spice  Apple-Pear compote:

  • 2 Red apples
  • 3 small mature pears
  • 1teaspoon of vanilla (natural powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • green lemon zest freshly grated
  • fresh lemon juice (this will avoid the oxidation)

Peel the fruits, remove their core and seeds. Chop the pears and apples in regular size cubes to ease the cooking.

Put the fruits in a casserole with a little of water. add in the spices, zest and lemon juice. Cook until the water is almost inexistent and the whole is compote like. Reserve

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For the Apple Carpaccio and Assembly you will need:

  • 3 apples
  • 50 g of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • blond glaze or warm apricot marmalade.

Peel and cut the apples in 2. Remove the core and seeds. With a mandoline, slice the apple halves into slices of 1 or 1.5mm thickness.

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Preheat the oven at 200°C

Spread the bottom of the tart with the pear and apple compote. Place the apple slices (carpaccio) one over the other.

Melt the butter and brush over the apples. Sprinkle the brown sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges and bottom of the tart is well colored.

A slice of this thin and tasty tart will be perfect for dessert after a heavy xmas dinner.

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Wishing you all Merry Christmas.

Love,

Sara

French Almond and Pear Tart // Tarte Bourdaloue

Been absent form the virtual world was almost unbearable, but it also allowed me to focus myself in certain aspects of my life that I left behind cause I was distracted.

I went back to sport, We moved to a new apartment, I did all the test to enter in the pastry school and I’m proud to announce you that I Did! Yeiii, so while I was away from the blog, twitter, facebook and others I achieved things that were very important for me.

Tarte Bourdaloue 1   Now is Xmas time, a mixed feeling season for me, happy cause I love Christmas spirit and melancholic cause I’m far away from my whole family, but to be honest baking have always helped me through the sad part of the holidays, that’s why today I’m giving you my very secret and special Almond-Pear French Tart.

For the Sweet Dough you will need:
Yield: For a tart of 22cm or 6 persons

  • 50 g of butter softened
  • 50 g of icing sugar
  • 25 g of egg
  • 125 g of flour
  • a little bit of water

In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid or else, cream the butter and the sugar until pale and smooth. Add in the egg.

In low speed incorporate the flour to the sugar butter mixture. Add a little bit of water until the dough comes together and the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Do not over beat.

Remove the dough from the bowl, form a disk with it  and wrap in plastic film. Refrigerate for 30 min or more.

Tarte Bourdaloue 2For the Poached Pears you will need:

  • 3 Pears (aprox same size)
  • 100 g of lemon juice
  • 750 g of water
  • 375 g of Granulated sugar
  • The scrapes of 1 vanilla pod

Peel the pears and keep them in water with lemon, juice in order to preserve them from oxidation.

Prepare the syrup with the water, sugar and the vanilla beans. Bring the syrup to a boil and immerse the pears in it.

Keep the syrup simmering with the pears for around 20 minutes. Check the pears cooking point with a knife blade. It must go through the pear easily.

Remove the pears from the syrup. Let them cool and dry a little and then slice them.

For the Almond Cream:

  • 65 g of butter softened
  • 65 g of granulated sugar
  • 65 g of almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 15 gr of flour
  • 10 gr of rum
  • a little of pure vanilla extract.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, work the sugar and the softened butter. Add in the almond flour.

Add in the egg and combine. Beat the mixture until pale and fluffly. Add in the flour and vanilla extract and at last the rum. Mix until well combine.
Transfer the almond cream to a piping bag set with a 10 round tip and Reserve.

Line the tart ring with the sweet dough and pinch the edges.

Spread out the almond cream. Place the pears over the almond cream forming a star.

Bake at 180°C for around 35 minutes or until the almond cream rises and form a golden brown crust.

Let cool the tart, glaze with golden glaze (or warm apricot marmalade). Sprinkle with icing sugar and sliced almonds.

Tarte Bourdaloue 3This id just a perfect and easy tart for the holidays.

I serve it a lil bit warm cause I find that the rum and almond cream taste better.I always do it this season cause after a huge dinner a light dessert is always required.

Serve with tea and enjoy.

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Love,

Sara