Monday, May 2, 2011

Chocolate and Pear Tart





I have been feeling like comfort food for the last week or so. I have been in a little bit of a funk. I think it is cause of my dog passing away, and not being able to be there to say goodbye. And not being able to spend time with my family at Easter. I love Easter, it is such a special time of year, and not being around them depressed me a little. I have been put on bed rest and not able to travel, Obstetrician's order's!


So it was feet up and let hubby do everything around the house, plus all the cooking for Easter. He did a great job, definitely not complaining about that :) But it is frustrating when I love to cook so much having to sit back and do nothing!!!!


After watching Masterchef last night and the Adriano Zumbo challenge of chocolate, it inspired me to make a chocolatey dessert. My husband and I always watch lots of cooking shows together, and figure out what we would make with the mystery box or the challenges that come up. This is what I would of made in the Adriano chocolate challenge, hands down. I wish I could plate up in a fancy way so the food looked better haha. But I figure as long as it tastes great, that's really all that matters :) 


I love making pastry. I find it so tasty and far better than the bought variety. I think everyone that loves baking should give it a try.


Pastry
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons icing sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
150 grams cold butter cubed
chilled water, enough to bring it to a dough

Filling
125 grams butter softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon milk

Pears
3 large pears, peeled and quartered
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
put this all into a bowl and set aside.

Chocolate Sauce
2 rows dark chocolate
2-3 tablespoons cream
Melt chocolate and add cream to make a pouring sauce.

Method
Preheat your oven to 170C

1. Place all the pastry ingredients, except the water, into a food processor and blend, until it looks like breadcrumbs.
2. slowly add the chilled water until it looks like a dough. Take it out and form it into a dough, do not knead. Wrap in cling wrap and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
3. Roll the pastry out to fit your tin. Then blind bake it in an oven for about 15 minutes, on 180C. Take it  out and put the base aside.
4. Blend the butter and sugar together until pale. Then add your eggs one at a time.
5. Slow the mixer down and add the flour, almond meal, and cocoa. Then add your vanilla, cinnamon, and tablespoon of milk. The milk is to just loosen the mixture slightly.
6. Fill the pastry base with the filling, then top with the vanilla pears.
7 Bake for about 45 minutes. Until the middle is just cooked through. Serve with creme fraiche, and chocolate sauce.



9 comments:

  1. Absolutely, home made pastry is fabulous isn't it? I used to be so scared of it and now I wonder why I ever was!

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  2. I have never bothered to make my own pastry as I think it's too much work. I find the ready made ones are pretty good but perhaps I will try one day when I have thyme on my hands :)

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  3. This looks divine. Like you, I also love making my own pastry - it's so rewarding and fun. Sorry to hear about your dog, that will put me in a funk as well.

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  4. Oooh cocoa and cinnamon in the pastry, I love it! I'm sorry you've been in a funk. I hope this delightful tart did it's job, and that you're feeling better.
    Heidi xo

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  5. I'm so sorry about your doggie passing away, and you not being able to be there when it happened - I also was not with my little guy when he left the world so I know the pain that can cause.

    But like yourself, I am also expecting and with new life comes renewed joy, and I like to think that my doggie is watching over us and will watch over our baby.

    Just stay strong and enjoy foods that bring you comfort, like your absolutely gorgeous cake, I just keep staring it looks so delicious :)

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  6. Lorraine- there is really nothing better than homemade pastry!

    chopinandmysaucepan- You have to give making your own pastry a go, its so rewarding.

    Thank you Jazzy E :)

    Good to hear you make your own pastry Tania F. Walsh

    Heidi- thanks, sort of feeling better, but food never fills the void. I am so lucky that I have another doggie to keep me company.

    CC11-Thank you hun. Great to hear you are also pregnant!!! I believe Pepe is in doggie heaven running around and eating as much as he wants :)

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  7. You are so making this for me ... im drooling looking at it .
    I miss my kitty too :(

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  8. I know it sucks doesn't it Soph. I can't believe we lost them both the same week.... ;( I will happily make this for you my dear.

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