Saturday, 27 November 2010

Chocolate Truffle Crostata

This Daring Bakers challenge came at a very busy time, so this isn't too wild. No giant profiterole presents or baked alaska mountain ranges this month. Just a really yummy chocolate tart. 

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata.  She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

I chose to make the first pasta frolla for my crostata. I had a few ideas for fillings, but in the end I settled on this yummy chocolate truffle filling. I've made it once before and it's a great recipe. The coffee comes through fairly strongly, especially when the tart is cold. I wasn't sure about the pastry when I took it out of the fridge to roll - it had got all sweaty and solid. It came out in the end, though. Perhaps not my favourite pastry ever, but it was fun to do something different. 

Originally I wanted to do a lace design on top of my crostata. Then I came across quite a lot of complications when trying to design it and the pastry turned out to be fairly hard to work with, so I switched to this art deco design. I cut the design out of the rolled out pastry with a knife and then baked the pieces separately, chilling throughly in between. When it came out of the oven I arranged the pieces on the top. Another time I would wait until it had cooled slightly as the top tore slightly in places and I misplaced a few pieces and couldn't move them without causing chaos. 

To find the recipe for the pastry, head over to the Daring Bakers website. The chocolate truffle filling is from Tartelette - I halved it to fill this tart. 


  1. WOW your final crostata is so astounding I just LOVE the pastry design it is so beautiful and so so elegant!!! Fabulous result great effort. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  2. Me too, love the design on top and the filling sounds delicious, too.

  3. It looks beautiful. And who can say no to chocolate? Yum!

  4. Gosh...that is so pretty! You know I would just LOVE that lattice...right up my street! Gorgeous!

  5. Beautiful decoration and filling! Love it! :)

  6. That tart is art! Lovely creation

  7. What a gorgeous design on top! I bet this was delicious as well as beautiful, with that rich chocolate filling.

  8. That pastry design is amazing! I really wanted to do another crostata with a chocolate filling but I didn't get around to it. This one looks great. Well done!

  9. As a chocoholic, I am perfectly content with your chocolate filling. The decoration looks nice too.

  10. Wonderful, delicious! Adorable decoration.

  11. Your crostata looks beautiful! I love your crust work. Nice job on the challenge!

  12. What an original and elegant design for the top of the tart. I love that it has a 3-D effect.

  13. Yours is one of the most eye-catching chocolate tarts I've ever seen. You thought a lattice was difficult and this art deco design was easy? Wow!!!

  14. You're so creative it's unbelievable! Beautiful work

  15. Love the truffle filling! So yummy!
    I was glad that was a pie for this Challenge too. I think November is a busy month for everyone!
    Great job!

  16. Chocolate truffle filling? Yum!! I love this! Great job on this challenge!

  17. Yum!

    When do you start cooking school? I can't remember if you decided on Patisserie or All round cooking.

  18. That's so elegant! I love the idea of a little drawing in pastry, it's wonderful.

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