FUDGY PUDGY BROWNIE TART

 

February 1, 2015

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I'm baking so much these days that I don't have to do much dessert planning. Rick turned 55 this year and all I had to do was scan what was scheduled on the Baking Bible calendar to find one that would set him a-flight. Chocolate Brownies with chocolate shortbread and chocolate ice cream is about as dreamy a dessert as it gets for Captain Canada. So I invited a few friends to the house, made pizza dough, made an chocolate ice cream custard, chose a 70's mix off Spotify, mixed a few Gin and tonics, put some beer in the fridge, took a shower and put on an old t-shirt, just because. The Fudgy Pudgy Brownie Tart was wonderful. I just loved the whole set up. So I put a candle in each person's dessert and asked everyone to make a wish for Rick. I thought several wishes was better than his one. The brownies were really good: chewy, creamy, and crunchy from the cookie crust. The chocolate ice cream was very bittersweet and added a cocoa-y flavour. Overall, I couldn't have asked for more. Rick was really happy.

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Instructions

SWEET CHOCOLATE COOKIE TART CRUST

  • Still being stubborn about things and made it by hand. Cutting the butter into the dry ingredients went about as well as I could expect

Combining the dry ingredients for the pastry.
Combining the dry ingredients for the pastry.Cutting the butter into the dry ingredients.
Cutting the butter into the dry ingredients.What the dough looks like with the butter cut into it.
What the dough looks like with the butter cut into it.The egg is what makes the dough a cookie.
The egg is what makes the dough a cookie.Mixing the egg into the flour and butter.
Mixing the egg into the flour and butter.Using the heel of my hand to combine everything.
Using the heel of my hand to combine everything.Looking ready.
Looking ready.
Okay, now it’s done. Ready for the fridge.
Okay, now it’s done. Ready for the fridge.

CHILL AND ROLL THE DOUGH

Rolling out the crust for the pie plate.
Rolling out the crust for the pie plate.

  • The dough was super firm when I started and softened very quickly. Maybe I just took too much time rolling out the dough, and putting it in the tart pan.

The dough was getting soft at this point. This is me pealing away the plastic wrap.
The dough was getting soft at this point. This is me pealing away the plastic wrap.Cutting the edge.
Cutting the edge.
The dough is finally in the pan.
The dough is finally in the pan.

  • I noticed that when it was baked up, the outside edge was crunchy, but the bottom crust had softenedand became part of the brownie. I'm not sure if this is correct, but I didn't mind it overall. The texture was still quite nice.
  • I chose a square tart pan, mostly because the round one left me fewer options for the final beauty shot.

THE BROWNIE FILLING

  • Melting the butter, chocolates and cocoa is always a beautiful thing. I never get tired of this task.

Mise-en-Place the chocolates.
Mise-en-Place the chocolates.

Adding the cocoa to the butter and chocolate.
Adding the cocoa to the butter and chocolate.

MAKE THE BATTER

  • Adding the eggs, then flour, then walnuts is easy and pleasant. The batter looked beautifully shiny going into the lined tart pan.

Adding the eggs.
Adding the eggs.
Add the egg to the brownie batter.
Add the egg to the brownie batter.Adding the flour to the batter.
Adding the flour to the batter.
An action shot.
An action shot.
The batter is really shiny.
The batter is really shiny.
Spreading the batter.
Spreading the batter.

BAKING THE BROWNIE TART

  • The brownie tart baked nicely. No complications.

Out of the oven. It’s puffed nicely.
Out of the oven. It’s puffed nicely.

UNMOLDING THE TART

  • Honestly I never have difficulty with this step. The bottom lifts out and everything looks beautiful. If I need to remove it from the tart bottom, I'll use a long offset spatula and as long as it bottom isn't soggy, it pops right off.

Fudgy Pudgy Brownie Tart, The Finer Cookie.
Fudgy Pudgy Brownie Tart, The Finer Cookie.

TAGS:  BAKING BIBLE   brownies   chocolate       LABELS: Alpha Bakers 

Comments

7 Comments

Terri   2017-01-07

OMG! That look amazing! Decadent. Did you top it off with edible gold? I'll bet it would be wonderful with home made vanilla ice cream.

Alanna @ One Tough Cookie   2017-01-07

I had no idea that a combination of two of my favourite desserts out there (brownies and tarts) could exist as one superdessert! Thank you for sharing, Kim. I know I'd love something like that on my birthday; I'm sure your dish went over splendidly

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thanks Alanna, It was a "superdessert" if you are a chocolate lover. Birthdays are the big holidays in this house. It was a fun night. Thanks for your visit, and keep up that great work in the photo studio.

Catherine   2017-01-07

That sounds like a perfect birthday, or any day really. I've just invested in a pastry cutter but I don't think I'd try it with this dough. Kudos to you for persisting.

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thanks Catherine. When the pastry comes out well, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. When you do take your pastry cutter out for a spin, let me know how it goes.

Rose Levy Beranbaum   2017-01-07

what a stunning final photo!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thank you Rose. That's nice.

faithy   2017-01-07

I like how you bake into square tart pan. Looks delicious too! Happy be-lated Birthday to your husband!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thanks Faithy. I've just passed on the happy birthday to Captain. He said thanks!

evilcakelady   2017-01-07

It was mark's birthday cake, too! Happy birthday to our men :) Did you have to increase the recipe to fit your tart pan?

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

I didn't have to increase the recipe. I traded a 9" round tart pan for a 9" square one, so it was even-steven, as they say. And happy birthday to Mark.

Milagritos   2017-01-07

Kimberlie, what a great idea having your friends make a wish on behalf of Captain Canada! Your tart makes for a lovely birthday cake...so enticing. And why not wear an old t-shirt? Sometimes comfort trumps anything to else!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Hi Milagritos! Thanks for your nice words. As long as Rick liked his birthday dessert, I'm happy. And yea, old t-shirts are trump.

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