Chocolate Cranberry Tart

Cranberry Chocolate Tart (05) by MeetaK


2008 is going to be a good year! That's what my dad promised me when I visited my parents in October.

It's not like 2007 was bad year, but it certainly will not go down as one of the best in my life. There were a lot of ups and downs and when 2007 bid farewell, there was not much of a love loss on my side. Yes, in a way I was glad it was over.

Counting down the last few seconds, I secretly wished that my dad's words would be heard from that higher force somewhere up there.

I lost my grandma in 2007 and that really put me down for several weeks. It jolted me out of my dreams and ideas I always have floating around in my head. It made me face the cold hard truth. And it was not one I liked. She never got a chance to meet Soeren and I carried that guilt around for ages. I still have it!

I had a hard time dealing with the loss and it made me change many things in my life. I decided to quit my job, to give my head time to think of what I want in life. The last few months have been good for me.

I feel a new positive energy getting stronger in me and that negative energy seems to be loosing the fight.

It also really does seem like 2008 will be a good year. There are signs at least.

Like in the second week of this month a friend, D. and I went to the movies to see the premiere of P.S. I Love You. The movie was showing at a CineLady special - targeted for ladies of course. So, we got glasses of free champagne and little snacks before the movie started and there was a raffle draw. I was just saying to D. that I never win anything, as in the very same second my seat number was called out!

I was baffled for a split second and the entire movie theater seemed to be waiting. I checked my seat number again and then timidly put my hand up. I did win - nothing big but still a sign. I won two free tickets to the next CineLady. And that is where my second sign came in. At least I believe it to be a sign.

I love Jane Austen. She is my heroine in many ways. I love her writing style, her characters and the way her stories take an unexpected turn. I have read all of her books, some even two or three times and so when the tickets I won was to go see the premiere of The Jane Austen Book Club, I just wondered if someone was trying to tell me a secret message.

Then there was the great fact that Liz Craine from Culinate contacted me and was interested in featuring me and my blog. I was stumped. This week Culinate is featuring What's For Lunch, Honey? You can read the article here. I am rather chuffed about it, especially since one of my pictures is also featured on their home page. I join a few other great bloggers, like Ilva and Pille, who have been featured in the past.

OK I know I could go on through this whole year looking for signs, but I am thinking positively because there have been other things that are showing me things will be good this year. Things that are have not matured yet for me to tell you. But I will in due time. But for now, I just wanted to let you know - my dad never breaks his promises.

This tart also does not break any promises. It's simply seductive in every way. There is rich and sweet chocolate and tangy cranberries infused with a slight hint of ginger, and with the creamy and smooth mascarpone, it promises to be addicting!

The tart is based on a recipe from Epicurious.com with a few slight modifications on my side. Hope you enjoy it!


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Ingredients
Printable version of recipe here

Cranberry Chocolate Tart (04) by MeetaK


Cranberry Topping
120 ml cranberry juice - divided use
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
340 g fresh or frozen cranberries
150 g sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel - finely grated
1 teaspoon fresh ginger - peeled and grated
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons candied ginger - finely chopped

Crust
200-250 g chocolate cookies - finely ground in processor (I used simple butter chocolate cookies)
150 g plain milk chocolate - melted (I melted a Milka candy bar in the microwave)
50 g sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
90 g unsalted butter, melted

Mascarpone Filling
250 g mascarpone cheese
65 g powdered sugar
120 ml chilled whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract




Method

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For cranberry topping
Pour half of the cranberry juice into a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. Let stand until softened, about 15 minutes.

Combine the rest of the cranberry juice, cranberries, sugar, lemon juice and peel, ginger and salt in medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer until cranberries become tender. Do not let them pop and make sure the remain plump, about 5 minutes. Strain into bowl and set the cranberries aside.

Add the gelatin mixture to the hot juice in bowl, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Stir the cranberries back into juice. Chill until cranberry mixture is cold and slightly thickened. This will take at least at least 8 hours or leave overnight. This mixture can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Stir chopped candied ginger into cranberry mixture.

For crust
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 200 degrees C. Combine chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar, and salt in medium bowl. Add 5 tablespoons melted butter and stir until crumbs feel moist when pressed together with fingertips, adding remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter if mixture is dry. Pour the melted chocolate into the crumbs mixture and stir to coat.

Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up sides of tart pan. Bake chocolate crust for approx. 10 minutes until beginning to set and slightly crisp, pressing with spoon if crust puffs during baking. Transfer tart pan to rack and cool crust completely before filling. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chocolate to set.

For mascarpone filling
Using electric mixer, beat all ingredients except ginger in medium bowl just until thick enough to spread. Do not over beat or mixture may curdle. Spread filling in cooled crust. Cover and chill overnight

Spoon cranberry mixture evenly over mascarpone filling. Chill at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours. Cut tart into wedges and serve cold, drizzled with chocolate sauce.



Verdict

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Sensational in every way. Crispy, chocolaty crust with a soft creamy cheese filling and the icing on the cake, literally, is the tart cranberry topping with a delicate flavor of ginger. This dessert really promises you everything you craved for. I promise ;-)

More promising desserts on WFLH:
Cantuccini Plum Cheesecake
Bostini Cream Pie
Panna Cotta with Blackberry Sauce
Chocolate Caramel Tart
Banana Brioche Pudding with Bailey's Caramel Cream


This is for this month's Sugar High Friday being hosted over at CandyRecapper with the interesting theme of Candy. My Milka chocolate bar in the crust helped make the crust crispier and chocolaty.

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37 comments:

  1. Half of having a good run of things is having a positive perspective on it all. So roll on 2008. The tart looks lovely, too. :)

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  3. Well as you said the year have started good for you. I too always says I never win anything .
    The tart looks delicious. And that chocolate sauce which is poring down is just irresistable.
    Well i had that piece of tart I would say the year indeed have started good :-)

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  4. This tart does look simply delicious! Wish I had a way to get cranberries here in order to try it. Hope you experience a lot of joy this year!

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  5. congrats girl... small surprises like these are tonic for us;) i too belong to 'never win any prize' catagory;) he he...especially when it comes to raffle draws;)
    i can understand what u felt when u lost ur grandma. well, i faced 3 deaths in single month. 3 people whom i loved the most and i was devasted. i worked late in office, cooked like crazy, and did everything as if there is no tomorrow; just to forget the pain in was going through. cant say that time has healed everything but i am moving on.
    hugs to u hon :)

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  6. oooh...this tart looks simply delicious.

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  7. Glad to hear things are looking up and congrats on the feature w/culinate!

    The tart looks delicious and might be just what that last bag of cranberries my freezer is destined for...

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  8. It sounds like 2008 is going to be your year!! I have a good feeling about this year, too!

    This tart sounds amazing. This would have been a great way to use up my cranberries!

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  9. If your 2008 will be half as great as this pie looks, you'll be having a wonderful year!:)

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  10. Ah, life is too short for regrets. We learn and move forward. And if we move forward with a beautiful tart, that's even better! I'm with your Dad -- 2008 will be a wonderful, happy, creative year!

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  11. And thats just a start, Meeta. There are many more good things to come. And you deserve every one of 'em. You work hard and your dedication is something I admire. I wish you 'Best of Luck' :). Have a great year like your father wished you.

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  12. I will gladly take your cranberry tart over the red rose for Valentine's day:) looks gorgeous meeta...hope your dad's words are true for you and may you have a splendid 2008!

    Your dad sounds like my mom in a way; she keeps telling me on the phone (from India) that the horoscopes say your this year is very good and powerful:D parents are just so cute at times!!

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  13. Hey Meeta,

    Enjoy the year...Congrats on your feature with the Culinate. Keep up the good work!Tart looks delicious!

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  14. Meeta,

    With tarts like that 2008 is going to be INCREDIBLE for you!!!

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  15. Your dad is a wise man!

    Congrats on all the good things that have come your way already, prepare for more, bigger and better!

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  16. Hi folks! You are all incredible. Your thoughts and motivation really gets to me - in a touchy and sentimental way. Thanks for all your encouragement!

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  17. I'm with you on these sentiments Meeta, but 2008 is going to be GREAT! With a tart like that, life can only be good...

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  18. Oh my goodness! This looks DIVINE! Absolutely mouthwatering! I love this!

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  19. That tart looks positively luscious and yummy! Your photos are brilliant like always Meeta :)

    This post really touched me...we had a number of deaths in the family at the end of 2007 and begininng of 2008. Times are not perfect and today in particular was a toughie. But your post put a smile on my face and made me look forward :) Thank you :) All the best to you in 2008! I will be keeping an eye out for those positive signs over here as well!

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  20. Tart looks delecious with beautiful colors Meeta

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  21. I could not agree more! I had signs early December that 2008 was going to be goooood, and sigs that were pushing me to cast my apprehensions away and just dive in! I was amazed when Culinate featured my pots de creme in their Sift column and it was a real pleasure to read your interview.
    The tart looks lovely and all ready for Valentine's Day!

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  22. anything with mascarpone gotta be good. lovely looking tart.

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  23. Looks & sounds absolutely delicious--love the flavor combinations!

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  24. Congratulations on your article! I hope that 2008 continues to give you wonderful signs and great experiences!

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  25. Looks like you are going to have a good year. The tart looks stunning. I love the contrast between the vibrant red and the white and dark layers.

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  26. Once again people thank you so much. I was also touched to read that my post motivated so many of you. Glad i am able to give something back to you all! Hugs always!

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  27. I'm happy to know that you are getting recovered and seeing life in colours again! Keep it up!!!
    I've seen the interview... Congratulations :D!!!
    The tart looks fantastic. Qué buena! One day... I should start baking... one day.

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  28. Your pictures are like artwork. Just gorgeous. I see great things in 2008 for you too.

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  29. That tart looks gorgeous - and surely a good sign that the year is starting with great promise. Hope you have a good 2008.

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother and the hard times - I am sure she would love to see you enjoying yourself with treats like this tart.

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  30. Positive attitudes brings positive change! And speaking of positive...that tart is positively wonderful.

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  31. The tart looks fabulous! I saw this recipe in my Bon Appetit magazines a few issues ago and made a mental note to try it because it looked so good.

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  32. Meeta the red of the cranberries is so intense and the chocolate so beautifully dark and deep, put them together - which I would never have come up with - is incredible.
    Gorgeous photos.
    I can't imagine any thing but wonderful and positive for you.

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  33. Wow!Incredible look and another great bookmark for me ;)

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  34. I am the type who always bounces back. Keeping positive is a lot mor fun - I thank you all for your wonderful words and motivation!

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  35. If this tart is any sign, your year is going to be the best ever! I look forward to the next Mingle :-)

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  36. Chocolate and cranberry are two of my favorite flavors together. I am going to give your recipe a try.

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  37. Absolutely beautiful. Stunning photos!

    Ann at Redacted Recipes

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