Friday, 12 February 2016

Chocolate Tart & Vitamin Water

Chocolate tart with fresh figs, summer dessert done right.

Today we had a very special guest! We invited some friends over, ate lots of delicious food and enjoyed each others company. I was also finally able to try out this new way of decorating that I've seen popping up on Pinterest and Instagram lately. I think it turned out rather pretty! Here is the recipe, as well as some more topping ideas and a perfectly feminine DIY vitamin water!

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g pack all butter biscuits/disgestives
  • 100g unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • caviar of one vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml whipping cream
  1. Prepare the base of your tart but crushing the biscuits using a rolling pin or a food processor. Melt the butter together with the golden syrup and combine with biscuit crumbs. Press into a greased tart tin and chill. You could also use a prepared biscuit base as well as any tart tin you have. I've used a round shape but the classic rectangle would also be great (especially the ones with the removable base!).
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (you can use the microwave but be sure to stop and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds so it doesn't burn). Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whip the cream together with the vanilla until stiff peaks form. Keep a close eye on the cream, it can very quickly turn into butter! 
  4. Fold the chocolate into the whipped cream gently. Once it is combined, pour the chocolate mixture into the prepare biscuit base. 
  5. Refrigerate for a minimum or 2 hours or overnight if possible. 
NOTE: decorate however you wish. This time I used fresh figs, blueberries, creme fraiche and almonds but in the past I've used dollops of double cream and fresh raspberries. I think it'd also be wonderful with some fresh tangy passionfruit! 

I also made this refreshing homemade vitamin water. It's SUPER simple! Just get a pretty glass pitcher, pour in filtered or mineral water, add raspberries, strawberries and fresh mint sprigs and allow to sit for at least 1 hour before serving. It will turn pink and lovely, perfect for girly lunches and baby showers!