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Chocolate Raspberry Tart

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Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Unlike my much-belated strawberry shortcake post last week, I was determined to get this delectable tart recipe posted while it’s still raspberry season.

Last weekend, we spent a glorious morning (finally, some sunshine!) picking red and yellow raspberries at Greig Farm in Red Hook.

Pick Your Own Raspberries at Greig Farm by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

The raspberry bushes are up on a small hill and there was a lovely breeze that kept the clear, sparkling day from feeling too hot. And there’s a nice pastoral view of the farm from up there, too. I’m a sucker for farmland so I drank in this view with real pleasure.

View from the raspberry bushes by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

The raspberry bushes, themselves, did not look so hot. And no wonder, as there were a surprising number of Japanese beetles making themselves right at home on them, eating lacy patterns into the leaves. However noxious their presence, I took it as a reassuring sign that Greig obviously does not spray much – good news for us since we ate a lot of berries while we picked. In fact, I’ve since heard that Greig has not sprayed at all this season – good for them! (though good for the beetles, too, unfortunately…)

Raspberries by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Despite the ravages of the Japanese beetles, we managed to pick plenty of berries before Will insisted on leaving. And they were mighty tasty, too.

Raspberries by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

When we got home, we rinsed them all and froze half our haul to use this winter in waffles, smoothies and sauces. I set the other half aside while I began concocting this glorious dessert.

Washing the raspberries by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

I was excited to finally be putting the French tart tin I’d purchased shortly after my friend Peter‘s inspirational class on pastry many months ago to some use — a fitting maiden voyage.

French tart pan, greased and floured by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

I’d been inspired by the addition of a raspberry purée in The Busty Baker’s lovely-looking recipe so while I blind-baked the shortbread tart crust I’d just prepared, I cooked up a quick raspberry jam on the stovetop with a bunch of berries, some sugar, lemon juice and a little jot of triple sec.

Cooking down the rasberry filling by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

When the tart shell was finished baking, I poured the jam right into the shell along with the warm chocolate mixture. It looked pretty psychedelic. Kind of like a new planet in the making or something (oh, to live on a planet made of chocolate and raspberries…)

Chocolate Raspberry Tart About To Go In The Oven by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Then into the oven for a little while. When it came out, I thought it looked pretty boss. I let it cool for a while before removing the rim.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart just out of the oven by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Then I cut a piece, added some fresh berries and devoured it (well, in reality, I took a whole bunch of pictures and then I devoured it.)

Chocolate Raspberry Tart by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

It does not take a genius to guess that anything involving fresh raspberries, bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream and copious amounts of buttery crust is gonna be good. But even so, I was still surprised by just how delicious it was — short, flaky crust, topped with a mixture of smooth, rich chocolate and tangy, sweet raspberry jam. It was even worth the clean up…

Finally cleaned up by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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10:33AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

There goes my diet!

10:40AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Looks incredible.

8:07AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Thanks for the great & yummy receipe

6:31PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

I like it :)

4:28PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

gorgeous photos, but I think you could do one of the vegan raw versions of this without all the butter and cream, not that I have anything against cream :-)

3:49PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

looks really good. :)

12:43PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

great article, thanks :)

7:34PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Mjam.

5:29AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Yummy, thanks for the recipe.

11:10AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Ooo..Yummy!! Berries & Chocolate...My Fave... ;) Tks Eve for sharing.

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