Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Candy Cane Bark & Chocolate Tart

I know you've probably had enough chocolate over the last few weeks to last a lifetime but I thought I'd share these recipes with you. If like me you have a bundle of these left over, which I always do as although they look very Christmassy they are rather sweet, this is a great way to use them up & they taste delicious.

Very simply melt milk chocolate and spread in a baking parchment lined tray. Put some candy canes in a bag and smash with a rolling pin then melt some white chocolate. Add the smashed candy canes to the melted white chocolate then spread the mix over the milk chocolate. Leave to set in the fridge and break into pieces. Although I don't have the exact measures, I guess I used about 200g of each of the chocolates and 8/10 canes. My 3 yr old loves these but hates candy canes!

Another favourite and very easy recipe is Jamie Oliver's basic chocolate tart. I tend to half his recipe and cheat by using a bought sweet pastry case.

You will need a 15cm 'ish' sweet pastry case, 6 fl oz double cream, 1 tablespoon caster sugar, 2 oz softened butter, 1/2lb dark chocolate in pieces, 2 fl oz milk, cocoa powder for dusting. I know someone who makes this and says you have to have a really good cooking chocolate but I've made it with shops own brand plain chocolate and there honestly isn't any difference in taste.
Place double cream & sugar in a pan and bring to the boil, remove from heat and add the butter and chocolate. Stir until melted, allow to cool slightly stirring in the cold milk until smooth. Pour into the pastry case, shake to even it then leave to set for a couple of hours. Dust with cocoa powder. I like to serve mine with double cream and fresh raspberries although I did use frozen raspberries this time. It is very rich so you really only need a small slice.


Andrea said...

Lush Chocolate TART RECIPE!!! I will attempt to make this one!! Happy New Year and thanks for the tip! Andrea x

twiggypeasticks said...

Scrummy, I am eating my own considerable body weight in choccy bics at the moment !!!
Twiggy x

LissyLou said...

oh my goodness!!....yum!

Country Cottage Chic said...

Mmmm....looks delicious!


bellaboo said...

Oh...I don't 'do' ONE slice!Those ready made pastry cases are great aren't they? Can never have too many choccy tart recipes.Yours looks yummy.


A Country Girl said...

I really shouldn't have looked at those pictures. I need some chocolate now.

Julia said...

Hello :)

Im new to your blog today, and I wanted to pop in and say how lovely it is, especially your chocolate tart. I must say that there is never a bad time to mention chocolate, well, not to me anyway as Im something of an addict!

Nice to find you, see you again soon

Love Julia xxx

Florence and Mary said...

My belly is now rumbling looking at this!!!

Victoria xx