Ooooooooo Manu, now aren't they words you would like to breathlessly whisper after the end of a delicious romantic Valentine's Day dinner. I know quite a few of my girlfriends would. Well ladies I am giving you that opportunity. Okay I may not be able to present you with Manu Fieldel himself, but I can do the next best thing. Share his incredible chocolate tart recipe with you.
Valentine's Day is next Tuesday, not far away. The day is all about chocolate, romance, chocolate, flowers, chocolate, chocolate and let's be honest more chocolate. I am quite happy to forget the romance, just give me chocolate, oh and some flowers.
Manu actually showed me how to make this himself, yes with his own hands, melted dark rich chocolate, oooozing, dripping..............
Okay back to reality. Demonstration was for moi and about 100 other salivating women. It wasn't just the tarts we were salivating over, but every sexy French accented word that came out of his mouth. Okay may have just been me? There really is something magical about the French language and accent. He even shook his bon bons and did a Dancing with the Stars demo. Typically French, he knows how to work the ladies, I wasn't the only one he captivated.
Now I did have the opportunity of meeting Manu after his demo and I must say he is a really lovely guy. I don't think I am drooling too much in the picture of us. Oh and to stop any rumours starting, as the animal magnetism between us is undeniable, Josh took that picture, I was chaperoned. I really should get back to reality with my writing, I am sure you guys will probably get tired of a fantasy food blog after a while.
The below recipe is for a larger tart (22cm tart tin), if making the hearts you will actually end up with more filling than needed for eight heart tarts. You will only need half the mixture, unless you decide to make one large tart. You could try halving the ingredients for the filling and make half. Alternatively double your pastry and make 16 hearts, that is a lot of hearts though.
Or you can do what I did with my remaining mixture. I beat a couple of more eggs into the mix, added some crushed walnuts and made a flourless chocolate cake.
Chocolate Valentine Heart Tarts
- 1 packet of good shortcrust pastry Alternatively use your favourite shortcrust pastry recipe
- 200 grams good quality dark chocolate
- 300 ml cream
- 100 grams caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2-3 drops vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 210 degrees C (190 degrees fan forced).
- Line eight 10cm heart shaped tart cases (with removable bottoms) with your pastry. Press well into sides of the tins and trim. Chill pastry for 15 minutes.
- Prick bases of your tarts shells and then line with baking paper and fill with pastry weights or uncooked rice. Place your tart cases on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Remove weights and baking paper, then bake for a further 5 minutes. Take out of oven and tins, cool on a rack. Reduce your oven to 170 degrees C (150 degrees fan forced).
- For your tart filling place cream and chocolate in a sauce pan and gently heat until it is melted and combined. Whisk through sugar, egg and vanilla.
- Place filling in tart cases and bake for around 15 minutes.
- Dust with good quality cocoa before serving. Can be served with some crème fraiche and berries on the side.
Note: I only had four heart tart cases therefore I went through step 2 - 3 twice. Then placed all eight tart cases on a lined baking tray, filled and baked. If making one large tart, increase your cooking time once tart is filled to 30 - 40 minutes. The tart should still be a little wobbly in the centre.
It is an easy recipe which tastes fantastic, a lovely rich chocolate filling. They can be made the day before quite successfully. Why not whip some up for your loved one for next Tuesday. Maybe keep the 'ooooooooooo Manu' in your head so as not to upset your other half. Trust me with each decadent mouthful you will be wanting to thank him for this recipe.
Do tell dear Belly Rumbles' reader. Do you like to go out for Valentine's Day, cook something special in, or do you fall in to the anti Valentine category?