Tarte au Chocolat Orange

by bavaria on January 11, 2014

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Be careful what you wish for, as that old saying goes –  it might well come true…

And this time, come true it did –  in the form of the traditionally festive (although excellent all year around I find!) Chocolate Orange!     Between us all, we amassed the grand total of nine!    A little like an episode of Star Trek I strangely recall watching as a child (my Dad made us watch it!) these small round things just kept on multiplying.

Then (as is normally the case when one of your New Year’s resolution is to try and lose a few pounds) they seemed to speak to me from the depths of the newly assigned Christmas chocolate “house” (currently occupying half the tea cupboard!), just waiting until I walked past, when they would whisper “eat me!” (OK I might have imagined that last bit!)!    And something had to be done.   Something also had to be done about a slight hankering I had for a certain UK shop’s Tarte au Chocolat that my sister informed me that she had had a slice of for breakfast one morning (it runs in the family it seems), when the answer suddenly came to me.   I would kill two birds with one stone, and make my own chocolate tart, but with chocolate oranges instead, and with orange pastry no less!!

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And so, may I present to you, a slightly decadent (and by no means slimming!) Tarte au Chocolat Orange?… I promise it’s good (and big enough that you won’t actually mind sharing -with someone really special!)…

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It now (or rather, what’s left of it!)  lies safely ensconced in the depths of the freezer.  I have no idea whether this will actually work or not (it should freeze though surely?), I just know that the walls are thicker in there, and I can’t hear it calling so much!

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I was going to put this in my new Expat Essentials category, but apparently it’s not essential.  I don’t agree.   And no, it’s not Terry’s, it’s mine (only English people will get that reference!)…

 Tarte au Chocolat Orange

Pastry:     
250g Plain flour;
50g Icing sugar;
125g cold unsalted butter;
half zest of an orange;
1 large egg,
Splash of milk.

Filling:
400g Chocolate Orange (or plain chocolate);
300ml single cream;
50g sugar;
50g butter.

Make the pastry by sieving the flour and icing sugar together, before rubbing in the butter. Add the zest of the orange, and the egg, and a splash of milk to bring it together. Wrap in cling-film and put in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Line your tin or tart dish with baking paper (this made enough pastry for a large 32cm tarte and a little one as a tester for the chef!), bake blind for 15 minutes, before removing the baking beans and baking for a further 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of your pastry, you might need a couple of minutes more here!)…

Leave to cool slightly and get on with the filling. Put the chocolate, cream, butter and sugar together in a pan over a medium heat, and whisk together until melted and glossy. Pour into the pastry cases, and leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours.

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolin January 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

Oh this looks amazing. Can you believe that I didn’t have a single Chocolate Orange this year? Crazy. Must change that and buy one today ;)

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I think I might have got your share too Carolin!! Thank you…

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Leslie January 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Looks so divine !!!!!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Leslie! :)

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Actually Mummy... January 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Oh this post makes me miss my Dad. He always gave each of us a chocolate orange. Beautiful photographs on that tart Mrs!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Thank you… Your Dad sounds like he was a man with very fine taste. Hugs. xx

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Louisa January 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I love that you’ve turned this into a pudding! I haven’t had a choc orange for a few years and now I really want one. : D

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Thanks Louisa! :D

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Pinkoddy January 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Wow I didn’t know that chocolate could be improved in how it looks so much,……I hope your freezer walls are thick as that is calling rather loudly.

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I don’t think they are! :D Thanks J!

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Mary @over40andamumtoone January 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Great idea. We introduced Monkey to the delight of Chocolate Oranges this Christmas. I like Dark chocolate, so that one was mine all mine, and he and Daddy P have been sharing the milk chocolate one.

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I like that idea… I am the big plain chocolate fan in our house, I wouldn’t have to share then! :D

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Midlife Singlemum January 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Wow, who’d thought you could do that with a tap it, unwrap it, chocolate orange. Well done!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Thank you R… :)

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Mary January 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Oh my God that looks just divine. I would have to agree that it’s got expat essential written all over it.

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I know right… It should be the first thing on your expat cooking list! :D

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Trish - Mum's Gone to January 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

It’s definitely not Terry’s, it’s Trishy’s!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Hahahah… I knew someone would remember that reference! :D

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Aly January 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I was pondering a vegan version of a chocolate tart the other.I’ve found some seriously delicious but expensive egan chocolate but I want to use it in something like this.

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I think that sounds lovely Aly… Would make it go a bit further too! :)

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A Patchwork Life January 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

it’s been ages since I had a chocolate orange but those tempting little segments are on my mind now…not good! The tarte is inspired though, looks fabulous – such a great idea and a perfect way to use up your impressive chocolate haul. Think putting it in the freezer wasn’t a bad idea either! x

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Thank you… But you have now reminded me it’s in the freezer!! :D

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Cakesphotoslife (Angie) January 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

I love a chocolate torte, I am planning one with After eight mints xxx

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Oooh, that sounds good! And that’s something we can get easily here! Thanks Angie! xxx

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Lisa from Lisa's Life January 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Fabulous :) Especially like the idea of a little tester for the chef!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

In my house, that is obligatory!! Thank you Lisa! :)

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Boo Roo and Tigger Too January 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Yum, yum… I want it!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm

There’s still some in the freezer! :)

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Kudi Wanda January 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Terry’s chocolate orange is my favourite, so i’m drooling over this! Thankyou so much for my lovely scarf and chocolate. lots of love! xxx

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Aw glad you like it! :) Speak soon xxx

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Cass@frugalfamily January 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

You can NEVER have too many chocolate oranges ;-)

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I completely agree! Thanks Cass! :)

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otilia January 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Wow! Your recipes always make me drool!

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bavaria January 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Otilia! :)

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Julie's Family Kitchen January 14, 2014 at 1:12 am

Oh this looks delicious, a very ingenious use of chocolate orange.

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bavaria January 14, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Thanks very much Julie! :)

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nutritious deliciousness January 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

omigosh, yes please, is there any left :) #recipeoftheweek

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bavaria January 14, 2014 at 6:46 pm

There is actually, although I do need to find out if it defrosts OK! Thanks v. much! :)

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Honest Mum January 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Oh wow, this looks ah-mazing, chocolate orange tarte is worth a cheat day from my clean eating/low carb eating…thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays!

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bavaria January 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Thank you! :)

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Lucy January 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I LOVE using up Christmas chocolate! I didn’t get a single orange! You lucky devils – going to save this one for later xx

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bavaria January 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Thanks Lucy! :) xx

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3yearsandhome January 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Oh my, my prayers have been answered. This is like my ultimate pudding. I’ve eaten countless chocolate oranges over the past two months and I’m still not sick of them. You clever little genius, you!

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bavaria January 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Aw thanks! Of course, you could just make the pastry and just crack open a chocolate orange, arrange it nicely and eat without the rest of the hard work?!? :D

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Notmyyearoff January 16, 2014 at 6:28 am

That looks amazing. Not sure I’d stop at the one slice.

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bavaria January 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

That’s why the rest of it’s in the freezer! Thank you! :)

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Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins January 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

This looks so yummy!!!!! #RecipeoftheWeek

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bavaria January 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Thanks Kirsty! :)

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Sarah@The View From the Table January 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Oh my word! This ticks every box for me. I really do need this in my life right now…

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bavaria January 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

There is a big slice left in the freezer! :D Thanks Sarah!

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Samantha @mytanfeet February 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

omgosh this looks amazing. I have to be honest and say I’m a terrible baker but I’m fantastic at eating! I wish I had the skill and courage to make this but maybe it’s good I don’t or else I’d be eating it every week haha. Chocolate is my achilles heel! Gorgeous photos Emma!

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bavaria February 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

Thanks so much! :)

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