Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I NEED CHOCOLATE. I know Hallowe'en is right around the corner, but I need chocolate NOW.
I love crème patissiere tarts and I thought I would combine those two loves. So, here's the ingredient list, only some of which is picture. (Why? I have no idea. But there ya go. You'll just have to imagine it all in your head.)
1 cup flour, plus a bit more for dusting
1/4 cup cocoa powder
7 TBS unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c whole milk
6 oz good chocolate chopped
14 oz raspberries
powdered sugar, for dusting
Stir in 1/4 cup sugar.
Whisk the egg yolk with the vanilla. (Can you see the SPEED? I scare myself. I'm that good.)
Add the yolk mix to the flour mix and form a soft dough. Add a bit of water if it's too stiff.
Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge one hour. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and sit outside in the sun. Contemplate the future. No, wait. Contemplate the chocolate cream tart. That way, the future holds only wonderful things.
Once the milk and chocolate has barely boiled, whisk into the egg mix, a dribble at a time. (I took this photo with my toes. I'm that talented.)
(P.S. Don't be jealous. It's unattractive.)
Return the mix to the pan and let it get just to the bubbling stage, stirring the whole time. Remove from the heat. If it seems lumpy, whisk a little or use egg beaters to make sure everything is nice and smooth. When it's cool enough, lay plastic wrap over the top so it won't form a hard skin. Let small, barefoot children lick the beaters.
Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and roll out to 1/8 inch.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and take off the foil and the beans. Bake another 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. You have fifteen different projects going with this recipe. I hope the phone doesn't ring or anyone knocks at the door or your kids get stuck in the laundry chute. Because it all hinges on completing each step in perfect sequence...
Melt the remaining chocolate over hot water.
I think we might try a less strenuous recipe next time. Or at least, one that Edna has a beater in because she always seems to have good advice and a story to share along the way.
Until next time, my friends! Have a great week and I hope you get some chocolate!