Thursday, June 27, 2013

DARING BAKERS - Chocolate Tart

                             All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. - Charles M. Shulz.

Chocolate tart


Chocolate haunts me.  Let's face it we either love or hate chocolate.  Do you Love chocolate or Hate it?

With every kind of chocolate in my pantry, you can easily guess how much I use it and enjoy it. My  coffee gets a dose some days and that's a treat.

So, it came as a pleasant surprise when I saw a message from DARING BAKERS. This month's challenge is hosted by the very talented Rachel from 
PizzaRossa  Being my first with Daring Bakers Challenge, I smiled with excitement.  I've always admired the recipes they put out and how impressive the final result turns out.

Chocolate tart wording

Passionate about Baking, is one of the blogs I follow religiously.  Deeba, the author has some stunning desserts and shows how passionate she is about baking.  She, I can say inspired me to join Daring Bakers  indirectly.

chocolate tart slices2



Not much to think about, because the recipe was laid out, the rules were, not to mess around too much with the original recipe..I was ready for it with excitement.

chocolate tart slices

 After choosing a CHOCOLATE CARAMEL Tart, for obvious reasons, I decided to steer a bit from the original recipe just to suit my taste. I had fun with it, isn't that the whole point.

The crust I chose was coconut and macadamia which was a bit nuttier and a simple chocolate ganache with coconut milk. It was perfect combination of tropical and chocolate combined. The silky smoothness was a delight.  If you love coconut, this is surely be a pleasing dessert.


COCONUT CARAMEL CHOCOLATE TART

Ingredients:


For the base:

coconut powder             - 1 cup
macadamia nut powder  -  1 cup
Agave nectar                 - 2 tbsp
vegetable oil                -  2 tbsp
pinch of salt   

For the filling:

coconut milk                            -  1 cup
bitter sweet chocolate chips     -   1 cup
caramel syrup                           -   1 cup(cream+ water cooked to caramel color)
vanilla extract                          -   1/2 tsp
agar powder                            -   1 tsp ( alternative to eggs, you could use gelatin too)

topping

shredded coconut and caramelized macadamia nuts.

Method:


1. Process the coconut powder, macadamia powder along with agave nectar, oil and salt. Once you pinch it together and it holds shape, then you know the tart base is ready. Do not overwork the dough. Press the mixture in a 8 or 9 inch tart pan, evenly. 

2. After preheating the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, bake the base for 15-20 minutes making sure not to burn the edges. Let the base cool on a rack for an hour.
3. Mix the agar powder in 3 tbsp of coconut milk and keep aside.
4. For the filling, heat the coconut milk till scalding point and pour it in the chocolate chips.  Mix well and add the agar mix to it to.  
5. Add add caramel syrup and vanilla extract.  Mix till smooth. 
6.  Let cool and pour it in the tart base and chill it for 2 hours or until set. NOTE- when you refrigerate it, in order to prevent it from forming a coating, wrap with plastic wrap.  Let the wrap touch the chocolate filling.
7. Top with shredded coconut and caramelized macadamia nuts.

For Caramel:

Spread the sugar evenly across the bottom of a small, heavy-based, non- coated saucepan (it needs to be metallic so you can see the color). Heat over a medium-low heat without stirring until the sugar starts to melt and becomes liquid around the edges. Once about a quarter of it has melted, gently stir continuously with a wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula until it turns a deep amber color, a few minutes depending on how high the heat is.
Remove from heat and very slowly and carefully pour 1 cup of the hot cream into the caramel, stirring continuously – it will splutter and steam so be very careful as it is extremely hot. The cream needs to be hot and poured very slowly, otherwise the caramel will seize. Keep stirring until it stops bubbling and is well combined then set aside to cool.

Caramelized Macadamia Nuts

In a pan, add 3 tbsp of sugar to 1 tsp of water and 1/2 tbsp of butter.  When it gets to a caramel color, add the hazelnuts. Mix well and let the mixture coat the nuts.  Take it out on a wax paper and let cool. 

NOTE- This is eggless, I have use Agar to set the chocolate part.  
ENJOY!!

40 comments:

Priya Anandakumar said...
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Priya Anandakumar said...

Super delicious and lovely Asha.... very beautiful clicks....

Amallia Eka Widyastuti said...

very delicious cake ...one slice for me please

Alida said...

Thank you for visiting my blog ;-)
This chocolate cake looks perfectly made! Just something out of a very good bakery!

Marysol said...

I'm in the 'Love Chocolate Camp.' Honestly, I don't know anyone who hates chocolate. And if such a person exists, I don't want to know about it.

Your creation looks both, decadent and beautifully decorated!

Guru Wadhwa said...

indeed Amazing Asha, the texture tells me, i've to dig in my teeth for some awesomeness, baking is so much about time and patience, it's all science, good going !

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Yummy!! I love the use of nut flours in the crust!! And that filing? Oh my gosh :D

Dixya said...

everything in this tart sounds heavenly.

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

That Tart looks simply gorgeous and topped with coconut flakes, my fav way! :-) Thanks a lot for stopping by Asha!

-Manju

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a gorgeous tart and lovely photography too! :D I'm definitely in the chocolate lover category :)

Nikhil Shivakumar said...

I, an intense chocoholic, can eat anything with chocolate. But this is a step forward than a normal chocolate dessert...it's simply better.

Cathleen said...

I definitely love chocolate. This looks fantastic! I love the chocolate and coconut combination.

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

I don't hate chocolates because its a once a while treat. This tart is simply amazing and baked with perfection. What a stunner.

sushmita pandit said...

i have been prescribed to avoid sweets for a while....i dont think i will able to stick to that if early morning i see such tempting pie.......thats totally tempting.....

Kalyan P said...

looks lovely & delicious...mouthwatering!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank you all for you encouraging and lovely comments.
GO CHOCOLATE TEAM!!

Liz Berg said...

These are the months I miss the Daring Bakers. Your tart looks phenomenal!!! Perfectly done!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank you Liz, this was my first Daring Bakers challenge, and we did enjoy it.

Winnie said...

Gorgeous and absolutely delicious looking tart!!

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

very tempting Asha..and lovely clicks too. Thanks for dropping my my space...do keep connected.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I LOVE how your chocolate tart looks. SO rich and delicious. The recipe is very easy to remember with simple portion. I have to make this one day!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A beautiful and extremely tempting tart! Great job.

Cheers,

Rosa

Raks anand said...

Sounds really good and loved the photography! Wonderful!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You Rosa.
@ Raks, thanks.

Shruti said...

The tart looks delicious and love that its egg free! Have fun with Daring Bakers..its a great way to learn I believe.

Cakes in Delhi said...

You're so beautiful and it also reflects in what you cook. You don't just cook, you add beauty to the food. This looks so scrumptious and tempting. I could eat all day long if I am served with such tempting and beautiful dishes.

Shema George said...

The tart looks heavenly- loved the first pic !!! Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad to follow you !

Lubna Karim said...

Everything here is extremely delectable...love that tart crust....

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You everyone for your sweet comments, this is really encouraging.

Nithya Naveen said...

Very tempting tart.. Love your clicks..

Corporate to Kitchen said...

The tart looks super amazing. Loved your clicks & the tart is stunning. I live chocolates & Iam drooling right now.this is definitely in my to do list

sangeetha pn said...

OMG.. so beautiful... :) lovely clicks too

Asha Shivakumar said...

@ Nithya- thank you so much.
@ Sheela, tart was surely for chocolate lovers. Let me know when you try it out.
@Thanks Sangeetha, I really appreciate all your comments.

kankana said...

I hate chocolate, but here is the thing - I love chocolate treats! weird i know :) That's a lovely tart and your crust looks perfect!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Kankana, it is weird, I don't get it, got to get into that sometime. Thanks for stopping by.

Sowmya D.S.L said...

I love chocolate.. lovely photography asha .. Looks really good :)

http://thenovicehousewife.wordpress.com said...

Coconut and chocolate for me is a winning combination for me and I like how you incorporated your own touch to the recipe. The tart does look great!

abraham said...

wow looks yummy

Harini M said...

ohhh that tart of yours is putting me on shame Asha :) I enrolled myself with daring bakers and couldnt complete due to my vaccations :(Yors have turned out fabulous :)

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank you all for taking the time to comment..
@ harini- thanks but hey, enjoy your vacation dear..chill.

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