Friday, 31 December 2010

Cranberry chocolate tart

The Christmas feel good movies and the festive music have all suddenly been replaced with countdowns of the Best and Worst of 2010. Perhaps I should do a reflective post of my own, and focus on what has been a year of tremendous change, but I am not in the right frame of mind for it. Really what I should do is dress up, make-up and go out this evening with the masses and welcome the New Year in the big city, but the slushy grey mush left behind by the snow is just so uninviting.

Instead we choose to stay home like lovebirds. This is not new to us, the past few years has seen us actually quite content to stay at home and see in the New Year, but this New Years Eve we are both seriously lacking cheer and sense of direction, so to lift our mood a little. D has picked up a bottle of bubbly and I have made this very adult dessert which we have already greedily tucked into.
I actually made use of my under-utilised Magimix blender to make the dough. I also used my American cups to make this tart. I thought it made sense this time as this was a very American recipe.

I really enjoyed biting into the almond pastry though it was a pain to roll out as it stuck to the marbled board. I also enjoyed the oozy tartness and zingy flavours of the bursting fresh cranberries, but the final drizzling of the melted dark chocolate was a different matter. The chocolate was just too intense. Even D who adores his chocolate said it was too dominant. Once the melted chocolate had set, I was able to peel it off the tart. In fact I think white chocolate would work better here.
This berry jewelled rich cranberry and chocolate tart needs something to cut through the sharp and intense flavours. I would recommend perhaps some whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream.
For now though, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy New Year and may your 2011 be a good one filled with memories to treasure! I am trying to remain optimistic about 2011 and what it may bring for us.
Cranberry chocolate tart
Ingredients
For the pastry base
1 ½ cups plain white flour
¼ cup caster sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
1 medium egg yolk
Grating of nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup chopped flaked almonds
1 – 2 tablespoons cold water
For the cranberry filling
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour dissolved in ¼ cup of water
Optional: ½ cup of dark or white chocolate
Method
Combine the flour, sugar, butter and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Beat together the egg yolk, nutmeg and vanilla in a cup and pour it into the dough; pulse briefly. Add the almonds and pulse again. Add enough cold water to combine and make a firm dough . Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
Meanwhile cook the cranberries on medium heat, stirring occasionally for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add the sugar and simmer until is has dissolved and the berries are juicy. Pour in the cornflour mixture and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
Preheat oven to gas mark 6.
Roll out the chilled dough to line a 10 inch tart tin, pressing about an inch of the pastry up the sides and folding over the edges. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork.
Bake for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to gas mark 4 and bake for 15 minutes more, until the crust is golden brown and firm. Set aside to cool for about an hour.
When the crust is cool, melt the chocolate. Drizzle half of it onto the crust and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Evenly spoon over the cranberry filling, then drizzle the rest of the chocolate here and there, so that the cranberry filling shines through. Allow the chocolate to firm up before serving the tart. Slightly adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates from The Mossewood Collective.

24 comments:

  1. ummm Perhaps for the long weekend? This looks yummy. Happy New Year

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  2. Happy New Year Mangocheeks and D, I do hope that 2011 brings you a great deal of good fortune. Have a lovely evening in. x

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  3. Have just made the paprika and mushroom potato pie and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for all your recipes and the inspiration you have given me. Happy New Year to you and yours. xxx

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  4. Happy New Year Mangocheeks!

    May 2011 bring you peace, love, and happiness.

    That tart looks scrumptious.

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  5. I know you're not a chocolate fan, but I think this sounds wonderful.

    Do hope you and D have a good New Year as well as a healthy and happy one.

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  6. Happy New Year to you! Thanks for all of your hard work creating a lovely, informative blog. May your New Year be full of health, joy, happiness and delicious food!

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  7. Mmmmm...this cranberry chocolate tart looks soooo yummy! I have some cranberries in my fridge right now, I think I need to go and make one of these. Happy new year! :)

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  8. glad you had a wee celebration for the new year - cranberry and chocolate is a great classic combination - best wishes for a happy new year - hope it is a good one for you and D

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  9. Re Edmonds Eccles cakes yes you can still buy them in some supermarkets.

    Cate

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  10. your tart sounds delicious, I love cranberry desserts this time of the year. thanks for sharing.

    May this new year bring many opportunities to your way,
    to explore every joy of life
    &
    may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm,
    turning all your dreams into reality
    and all your efforts into great achievements.
    Happy New Year to you & your loved ones.

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  11. Sweet tarts are actually the next thing on my list of things to try and this looks fab

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  12. I think white chocolate would be more suited to the cranberries. Here in New England we often pair these two together.My daughter is a marzipan addict and I think the almond paste crust might be just the thing for her.Best and the worst? I try to concentrate on the best in life it makes moving forward so much easier. Off to set new goals Happy New Year to you.

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  13. I love cranberries. Thanks for this brilliant idea!
    Love the new picture too! It will make the spring come back!
    Hope you have a wonderful year, with peace, health and pleasures.

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  14. Thank you Frosty Duncan.
    Happy New Year to you too.


    Thank you Kath x


    Oh Fran,
    Thank you so much for letting me know. I am jumping up down with delight that you found the paprika and mushroom potato pie 'absolutely delicious'. That is exactly what my husband said when he cleaned his plate.

    I must Thank you too for your support and kindness. Happy New Year to you and yours too.


    Thanks rosaria :)


    Rose.
    Happy New Year to you too!
    Thank you so much for your support and kindness over the past year.

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  15. Choclette.
    :)
    Wishing you and yours truly a good New Year too.


    Thank you so much Lexa.
    I must Thank you for your support over the past year too x
    Happy New Year to you!


    Thanks sweetpeaskitchen.
    Just bare in mind these is deeply rich.
    Happy new year! :)


    Thanks Johanna GGG.
    Best wishes for a happy new year to you and your little family x


    Thank you so much Cate aka vintage mum.
    I will keep my eyes out for them. Failing that maybe I should have a go at making some ;)

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  16. Thank you so much Green Girl.
    For your lovely warm wishes x
    May I take this opportunity to wish you a good new year too.


    Thank you Tessie.



    Thanks Hobbit,
    I am so pleased you agree :)
    The almond pastry really is nice bar the rolling out of it, so I hope your daughter likes.

    Your right, shoudl really concentrate on the 'best in life', but sadly I am in a bit of a limbo...until I am out of that its kinda hard, but I am trying :)
    Happy New Year to you.


    Thank you spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    I hope you have a wonderful year too. Happy to read you like the new header.

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  17. Mmmmmmm sounds delicious the list of your recipes that I have got to try is growing every day lol , happy new year Mangocheeks

    Jane

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  18. Happy new year!
    I love the white chocolate an cranberry combination so I think it would work better too.

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  19. Happy New Year to you too Hannah.
    Glad you agree :)

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  20. What a nice tart.. Cranberries and chocolate is just lovely combination :)

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