Baking| Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate Tart … May with Megan @ The Secret Recipe Club

‘Life is a bowl of cherries.’
Proverb

Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartIt’s May with Megan, my secret partner for the month @ The Secret Recipe Club, the brainchild of the very talented & sweet Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’. The idea behind the club – Each month you are “assigned” a participating food blogger to make a recipe from. It’s a secret, so don’t tell them you are making something from their blog!Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartI was thrilled to find my April Secret Challenge recipe picked by The Pioneer Woman in her post Web Deliciousness: Strawberries!

Ree was generous with her words. She said “Old Fashioned Eggless Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Strawberry Cream Filling by Passionate About Baking. This is the first time I’ve seen this food blog and the photos are just spectacular, not to mention the treats themselves. Wow.”, and then went on to add another of my posts in the round-up to say”Whipped Strawberry Curd Cream Tartlets with Walnut Shortbread Crust. My, oh my. I don’t know what to say.”

Featured on The Pioneer WomanI love Megans blog Megans Cookin’Sweet, Savoury, Simple goes the tagline. Her blog is delicious and we are addicted to her chocolate chip oatmeal snack bars; these are a weekly bake in our home. I have tried them in numerous avatars, with different flour substitutions like whole wheat and buckwheat {in addition to healthy oats in there}, and with different conserves, jams etc {homemade bitter orange marmalade, homemade strawberry vanilla bean conserve, blueberry conserve} …Marmalade Oat Energy Bars… with chocolate chips, with dark chocolate on top, without dark chocolate on top. They are THAT POPULAR at home and the kids love them! I had made a batch the morning I got a mail from Amanda telling me my secret partner was Megan. Could Amanda have guessed what I had just baked? I couldn’t post the same bars again as I have already done so on PAB. I hadn’t slathered them with dark chocolate this time because the weather is really hot, so I thought I’d use them some other way!Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartHere’s what I did. I ran about 5-6 energy bars in my thermomix and got fine biscuit crumbs. My plan was to use them as a sweet tart base, with a cherry pie filling as cherries are in season here and very very tempting to use! Thought I’d do a bittersweet chocolate filling as in this Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Crème Chantilly & Balsamic Cherry Sauce I had recently made.Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartThat morning, an ardent local baker, the sweet Nidhi, messaged me literally begging me for a vegetarian something after she had drooled over the Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise. She’s allergic to eggs; I just had to oblige this lovely girl. {BTW, Nidhi, just finished reading the book you got me, and I loved it!}Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartSo the filling was rapidly reworked to accommodate Nidhi and her no egg request. You will not believe how delicious this turned out to be!! Finger-licking good, and well set too. Chocolate and cherries, like chocolate and strawberries, are a combination made to please the spirit!Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartFor folk with egg allergies or for a vegetarian version, I have an eggless tart recipe in this Whipped Strawberry Curd Cream Tartlets with Walnut Shortbread Crust. You could also use graham crackers or digestive biscuit crumbs.Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartTake a look at the cross section. A filling that was smooth, luscious and sang the dark chocolate cherry song out loud! The diva on diet begged for more, and adamantly had two helpings despite being literally hit on the head and reminded of her diet! The son charmed his way to seconds! The base was full of chocolaty goodness too … a winner of a tart!Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate TartThis time I didn’t cook the cherries into a sauce. I barely simmered them in brown sugar and balsamic vinegar for 1-2 minutes, just to soften them and to help get them a glazed look, then fished them out of the sauce and cooked the syrup to a thick reduction. Oh, I added a dash of lime juice as well to give it a kick. Worked nicely!Nutella & Fresh Cherries Chocolate Tart

 

 

[print_this]Recipe: Nutella & Cherry Chocolate Tart
your picture

Summary: A vegetarian filling /chocolate tart filled with deeply luscious dark couverture chocolate and nutella.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet chocolate tart base, 9″ {recipe follows, or premade etc}
  • 500ml low fat cream, room temperature
  • 200gms dark chocolate {I used 55% couverture}
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 100gms fresh cherries, pitted, halved

Method:

  1. Mix cornflour in 1/2 cup low fat cream.
  2. Place remaining cream, dark chocolate and Nutella in a heavy bottom pan, and simmer until the chocolate melts, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the remaining cream & cornflour mix and continue to stir until mixture thickens to a batter like texture, thicker than flowing custard.
  4. Cool for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle baked tart shell with the pitted and halved cherries. Pour the chocolate mixture over this, level out and chill for at least 3-4 hours, until set. Pour the balsamic cherry topping over, chill for another 30 minutes, remove from pan and serve.

Recipe: Chocolate Tart
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 5-6 energy bars {recipe here}, powdered in processor
  • 50gms unsalted butter, melted

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Keep a 9″ round tart pan with a removable base ready.
  2. Mix the cookies crumbs and butter.
  3. Turn out into a 9″ tart pan and pat out evenly to cover the base and work into the sides. Mine was uneven on the sides, but the filling merged in later. {Also was not roll-able maybe because of the intense heat}
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes. Cool completely on rack. It will firm up when cool. Loosen the shell, and leave it in the tart pan.

Recipe: Balsamic Cherry Topping
your picture
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 100gms fresh cherries, pitted
  • 50gms brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for a minute
  2. Remove the cherries to a bowl, and continue to cook the syrup until reduce and thick. Pour the syrup over the cherries, and cool completely.

[/print_this]



Don’t miss a post
Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India


61 Comments

  • Nidhi
    5 years ago

    Ur sooo sweet! really this post was such a welcome surprise! Im baking this on the weekend! Btw this weekend I made your peach cherry bars and a plum cake (dorie greenspan) recipe and both were superr yumm. Im glad u liked the book and im loving this post! Thank u:-)

  • 5 years ago

    Dear Deeba Im agree with Ree, you have one of trhe most fabolous and beauty site with amazing pics and recipes. Really!!
    Dear you have here a lot of beauties I love cherries and chocolate are amazing! xoxoxo gloria

  • 5 years ago

    OMG Deeba, that looks positively amazing! I wish I could take a bite! o glad you played along again this month 😉

  • 5 years ago

    Oh Deeba, what a lovely tart. You are just brilliant! I love it. And thank you for the sweet words. I really appreciate it. You made my day. 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Hi Deeba,
    All your posts tempts me so much that I want to try them all!I just wish if I had a bunch of people arund to eat all I baked. I could have baked all ur goodies…I just posted your Espresso cupcakes sans ganache. Give it a check @ http://shabscuisine.blogspot.com/2011/05/espresso-chocolate-chip-cupcakes.html . I loved them. Next on my to try list are ur cappuccino cupcakes. I wanted to try that ever since I saw at ur space and then just forgot!
    love,
    shabs.

  • 5 years ago

    I love that you turned ordinary chocolate chip oatmeal snack bars in to a work of art. Gorgeous. I love Megan. She was my roomie at BlogherFood last year. She’s so sweet and fun. And of course, a great cook. I really must make the chocolate chip oatmeal snack bars.

  • 5 years ago

    A droolworthy tart! Really beautiful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • 5 years ago

    Ah yes, I too have been feeling the Nutella love these days 😀
    beautiful tart.
    *kisses* HH

  • Your beautiful photography is so inspiring. The tart looked so delicious that I almost wanted to lick the screen. Fantastic!

  • Shilpa
    5 years ago

    Drool! Drool! You make the cherries come alive….your pictures are an absolute treat…wish one day, I could do such amazing clicks as yours on my blog…the recipe looks brilliant too…

  • 5 years ago

    As always, amazing pictures! Plus the recipe looks super delicious 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    This looks SO good! I love chocolate and cherries together – such a perfect pairing! Yum yum yum. 🙂

  • That tart looks simply incredible as though it’s covered with beautiful jewels.

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba, your creations are always so mouth watering-ly good! The filling looks so luscious! And, as always great photos!

  • 5 years ago

    Thrilled to have taken part in SRC with you Deeba. When will I ever get to meet you?

  • 5 years ago

    That tart is simply stunning. I love how you used the oatmeal bars in the crust. All that syrupy cherry topping has me drooling!

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba, as always this is a gorgeous item you have made!!! I would definitely love to dig in as cherries and chocolate have always been a favorite of mine! Beautiful…

  • 5 years ago

    Gorgeous as always Deeba! i wish strawberries and cherries were as cheap here. I wld bake with them more often. they are such beautiful fruits and perfect for baking. Thanks for this egg free recipe. must try :))

  • 5 years ago

    That looks amazing! What a great “fancy dinner finish” this one must be!

  • 5 years ago

    I have never had balsamic vinegar with cherries, but I love it when it is reduced. Sounds delicious. Great tart!

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba, I just came across your blog as part of the Secret Recipe Club. Wow! Your photography is absolutely stunning!! (as is the Cherry Chocolate Tart :))

  • 5 years ago

    This tart is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for yet another inspirational post. And a special thank you for introducing me to Amanda’s Secret recipe club – I found out about it last month through your blog, and registered for this month’s event at the last moment :-).

  • 5 years ago

    Lovely! I love baking with nutella. I also like your header. Perfect for the berry season!

  • 5 years ago

    Drool………………….It has got so much yummy stuff in it, I really need to taste this one

  • Deeba! You make me want to run to the market and buy cherries and chocolate (and I don’t even like chocolate)!

  • 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous creation! And your mention on PW’s round-up well deserved. Cherries and Chocolate a perfect match 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    That tart does look amazing, you can’t beat a chocolate and cherry combination in my view.

  • 5 years ago

    With a late Spring I can’t wait for cherry season to begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 years ago

    Your chocolate cherry tart sounds awesome! Rich & fabulous 🙂

  • That tart looks gorgeous D! Love that luscious filling!! I was soo happy to see you on PW 😀

  • 5 years ago

    Wow Deeba…looks SO delicious. Love that you made the crust out of energy bars 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful dessert!

  • 5 years ago

    Looks gorgeous… like all your recipes look! Am going to have to request you for some baking and photography classes since I live in your neck of the woods!

  • 5 years ago

    absolutely love it! What a winning combination – nutella and strawberries!

  • 5 years ago

    oops sorry! I mean cherries 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    This looks so good, Deeba. Love Nutella. Need to try this!

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba – you have outdone yourself – those pictures is making my mouth water!!! WOW – this looks soooo good. I wish i could just taste it – i guess i will just have to try to make it 🙂 Love hopping around to see what everyone is making!

  • Congrats on the feature by Ree! And wow how creative is that — making crust from energy bars. And you know I could never resist anything with cherry OR nutella. Divine!

  • I’m not sure if my previous comment went through…but this looks fantastic (so creative to use energy bars for crust) and congrats on the feature!

  • 5 years ago

    That silky filling looks amazing! I love cherries with chocolate, so this is a dessert for me. The cherries on top look like jewels.

  • 5 years ago

    Oh wow, this sounds wickedly good. I love everything about this recipe and cherry season just just just started where I am! Can’t wait to try this. The balsamic cherries are an amazing touch.

  • 5 years ago

    Oh wow, those cherries look so ooey gooey delicious! I love the picture of the side-view of a slice. Totally mouth-watering!

  • 5 years ago

    Another great recipe here, Deeba! I am not surprised that Ree featured one of your recipes and was blown away by your talent:) In discovering your blog, she landed on a gold mine!

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba this is beautiful! Chocolate and cherries are so classic too.

    Laura

  • 5 years ago

    Cherries and chocolate = the perfect union. This looks absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful and delicious. I am feeling “swoony”. 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Oh my what a delicious dessert. I would indulge. Have a great week-end 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Wow, Nutella and cherries, two of my favorite ingredients together in one tart! Looks incredible. 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    The tart looks so god.

  • 5 years ago

    OMG, want want want this cherry and nutella tart! It looks incredible!!

  • 5 years ago

    oh my ! that tart looks so sinful & tempting 😀 your pictures are always a treat for my eyes…

  • Chetna
    4 years ago

    Hi,

    I remember seeing – some time back – on your site, details from where good quality chocolate and vanilla extract could be sourced from.

    would be happy if you can re-post that information.

    thanks
    Chetna

Leave A Comment

Related Posts