Take Another Little Piece Of My Tart
- 9 oz of chocolate wafer cookies, crushed fine (I used Oreo thin crisps)
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground coffee, preferably dark roasted
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups raspberries
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- a tart pan (preferably with a removable rim)
Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Combine your crushed chocolate cookies, melted butter, coffee grounds, and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Press this mixture evenly into your tart pan, making sure to cover the sides. Sprinkle the almond slices over the crust and gently press them in. Next add the mascarpone cheese, honey, and vanilla to a bowl and blend together on a medium setting. Once this is well mixed add the eggs (one at a time) until they’re completely combined. Lastly beat in the remaining salt and flour.
Pour the mascarpone filling into the tart pan. Place your tart pan on top of a large cookie sheet or inside of a large rimmed pan in the center of the oven. Bake the tart for about 30 minutes or until it’s barely set in the center. Once removed from the oven you MUST let the tart cool for 30 minutes and chill for AT LEAST one hour. Arrange the raspberries in the desired pattern of your choice on top of your tart right before presenting it. This will keep the fruit from bleeding on the mascarpone filling.
For an added bit of ‘oo la la’ I created chocolate heart garnishes using a squeeze bottle filled with melted dark chocolate and wax paper. To create these simple yet elegant garnishes begin by drawing your design on a wax paper covered pan. Let your artwork rest in a freezer for about a minute. The chocolate garnish should come up easily with a metal spatula.
My “Mr. Picky” boyfriend told me matter-of-factly that I should make this again. This tart is guaranteed to be remembered and then asked for again and again. I can see it in my mind’s eye now…50 years has passed and my grand children look up from their space age pre-packaged meal to ask me about what I ate when I was younger. I’ll tell them about pesto, quiches, pad Thai, and at long last (with a bit of pride) I’ll inform them that I once made a tart that would knock their little socks off.
You guys have a great weekend!
– Heather 😉