Here’s another perfect example of Dorie taking a classic, well-loved recipe and tweaking just slightly to make it extra fancy and extra special. You might say she “Dorie-fies it”.  Gosh, I’m so clever. Anyway, this is Dorie’s Chocolate Cream Tart, chosen by Kim of Scrumptious Photography, one of my very favorite food blogs. Do yourself a favor and check out her blog – her pictures will make you drool all over your keyboard. I was really glad to see this recipe chosen because I’m a biiiiiiiiiiiiig fan of chocolate cream pie, especially, ESPECIALLY my mama’s. She doesn’t waste time with that meringue stuff – she whips up some heavy cream to pile on top. Now that’s how pie should be done, folks. So of course, I was pleased to see that Dorie does the same thing with her Chocolate Cream Tart – so basically, this is just my mom’s chocolate cream pie, but with a tart crust instead of a pie crust. Perfect!

I came *this* close to using Dorie’s Sweet Tart Dough (the most heavenly crust ever known to man), but decided to follow the rules and use the chocolate tart dough that’s called for instead. I was kind of sorry I did, actually – it was a little too bitter for me, plus I felt like it needed something non-chocolate to balance out the chocolate filling. It was still good, though. I also cut the recipe in half and baked it in a loaf pan lined with parchment so I could just pull it right out and spread the filling and whipped cream on it. Ok, so let me get to the verdict – this was GOOD. I mean really good. So good I stood there in the kitchen licking every last bit of the chocolate filling off of spoons, whisks, bowls, and fingers. I added a little sour cream to the whipped cream topping (just like in the banana cream pie a couple of weeks back) and it really added a lot of extra flavor. All in all, this was a DELICIOUS dessert. We both loved it. Was it as good as my mom’s? Well, no, but I never really expected it to be, either. :-)

This would be absolutely perfect to serve for company – its tart status brings it up a couple of notches in “fanciness”, but it tastes like something out of your grandma’s comfy kitchen. Perfect! Head on over to Kim’s blog and get the recipe – your spouse will thank you.

Yummy, yummy, yummy!! Thanks, Kim, for choosing a WINNER!

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  1. I love the idea of using a loaf pan for the crust. I’ll have to try that for the next tart I make. I loved this too, btw. Perfectly chocolate-y and totally delicious!

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    Comment by Kara — April 27, 2009 @ 8:10 PM

  2. I love that you made it in a loaf pan! It makes for such a lovely and unexpected dessert! Nice job.

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    Comment by Tracey — April 27, 2009 @ 9:48 PM

  3. Now I’m wondering about your "mama’s" chocolate pie – do you have the recipe posted?

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    Comment by Megan — April 27, 2009 @ 9:59 PM

  4. haha, I agree! I also mentioned this is company friendly!

    I love that you used the loaf pan and took it out and finished it. I dont have a tart pan, so I may use that tip next time!

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    Comment by Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" — April 27, 2009 @ 10:49 PM

  5. I love all of the changes that you made. Baking it in the loaf pan with parchment is inspired — I will have to remember that trick in the future. It’s a beautiful tart and I’m glad that you guys enjoyed it!

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    Comment by Jessica — April 28, 2009 @ 5:50 AM

  6. Your cake looks great, as do the photos. I too like my traditional version better than this one, but you never know till you try!

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    Comment by Lillian — April 28, 2009 @ 8:15 AM

  7. looks gorgeous! you’ll have to send me a slice of your mum’s so i can compare! :)

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    Comment by steph (whisk/apoon) — April 28, 2009 @ 8:47 AM

  8. I also thought the crust was a little bitter. I love look of the rectangular tart – I need to get one of those pans! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Comment by Chris @ thegreatpantryraid.wordpress.com — April 28, 2009 @ 9:06 AM

  9. I used some mellow dark chocolate for the crust, and then I added some hazelnut coffee creamer to the custard….fabulous.

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    Comment by chocolatechic — April 28, 2009 @ 10:21 AM

  10. Great pictures. Makes me want to make it again so I can eat more.

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    Comment by Kim — April 28, 2009 @ 10:46 AM

  11. Yours looks amazing! I need a rectangular tart pan now ;) lol. I liked the crust but I think it would be delicious with the non-chocolate crust too… I may have to make it and compare ;)

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    Comment by kim — April 28, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

  12. your tart looks marvelous!

    i loved this weeks recipe.

    great job!

    <3

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    Comment by bronte — April 28, 2009 @ 8:00 PM

  13. I think your mom would have loved this one! I do! It is gorgeous!

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    Comment by Teanna — April 29, 2009 @ 8:19 AM

  14. Your tart looks delicious! This sounds like something I need to try

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    Comment by Sara — April 29, 2009 @ 8:51 AM

  15. This would be perfect for company, I agree with that! And the chocolate cream was extremely good!! It looks really pretty.

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    Comment by pamela — April 29, 2009 @ 8:29 PM

  16. This is one gorgeous tart! I love the shape of that pan that you chose…so elegant. Each layer, just perfect!

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    Comment by Kayte — April 30, 2009 @ 10:14 AM

  17. And it looks delicious. I remember Mama’s chocolate pie, and you are right. IT wasn’t THIS good.

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    Comment by Margaret — May 2, 2009 @ 6:09 AM

  18. 0h i feel lucky can find this good article..

    now i find something that i want to know, thank you..

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    Comment by friendster graphics — May 6, 2009 @ 9:48 PM

  19. This is one of the best looking chocolate cream pies we’ve seen. Wow delish!

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    Comment by The Duo Dishes — May 14, 2009 @ 1:45 PM

  20. Where is the recipe? HELP!!!

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    Comment by Emily — May 22, 2009 @ 9:59 AM

  21. Emily – you have to get the recipe from Scrumptious Photography’s blog. I stated that in the post – there is a link you can click on.

    -Amy

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    Comment by Amy — May 22, 2009 @ 10:05 AM

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