Monday, June 29, 2020

Easy Chocolate Tart by Maya Corrigan #Giveaway


This is the easiest tart to make. It's always a hit and would make a great dessert for the 4th of July. The recipe appears in my 4th Five-Ingredient Mystery, The Tell-Tale Tarte. As you can guess, the book has a lot to do with Edgar Allan Poe, author of "The Tell-Tale Heart." A tart (in English) or tarte (in French) is a pastry dish without a top crust. I added an "e" to the Tarte in the book's title because the tell-tale sweet in the book is the French dessert, tarte Tatin. 

When I've served this tart for a special occasion, I've used gourmet chocolate. But I recently made it as a treat during quarantine, and chocolate chips were all I had in the pantry, so I used them. The tart was delicious.

What's your favorite way to eat chocolate? Scroll down and leave a comment by Thursday, July 2, for a chance to win cozy mystery grab bag items. 

Ingredients


1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup 2% milk or whole milk
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
2 large eggs
1 9-inch readymade shortbread pie crust (or a pre-baked homemade sweet crust)
Optional garnishes: whipped cream, ice cream, raspberries, sifted confectioner's sugar



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the cream and milk on high heat in a saucepan until the mixture boils. Remove it from the heat, add the chocolate, and stir until the chocolate is melted.

Beat the two eggs in a bowl and whisk in the chocolate mixture little by little. 
When the ingredients are smooth, pour them into the crust.

Bake the tart in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the custard is set. The middle may look soft, but don't worry, it will get firmer as it cools. 

Cool the tart for half an hour. Serve warm or cold with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. 

Serves 8.

Adapted from a recipe by Jacques Haeringer for Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia.









Maya (Mary Ann) Corrigan combines her passion for food and detection in her Five-Ingredient Mysteries featuring a café manager and her live-wire grandfather, who solve murders in a historic town near the Chesapeake Bay. Each book has five suspects, five clues, and Granddad’s five-ingredient recipes. Maya previously taught college courses in writing, literature, and detective fiction. Visit her website for book news, five-ingredient recipes, mystery trivia, and a free culinary mystery story. Sign up for her newsletter to enter a drawing for a free book. One subscriber receives a free book each time a newsletter comes out. 

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The 7th book in the series, Gingerdead Man, comes out September 29, 2020, and is available now for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


This holiday season Bayport, Maryland, is a dead ringer for Victorian London. Val and her grandfather are taking part in the Dickens of a Holiday festival. Val is hosting a private tea party serving the festival's costumed volunteers, who range from Dickens divas like Madame Defarge and Miss Havisham to Ebenezer Scrooge and old St. Nick himself. But one costumed reveler may have gotten the holidays mixed up. The winner of the creepiest outfit, robed in black with a gift bag covering the head hands out gingerbread men with white icing skeleton bones. This year's sour Santa has none of the big fellow's mirth but plenty of his appetite, and it's no secret Santa loves cookies. But when the man in red turns blue, Val and Granddad have a cookie-cutter killer to catch before the New Year . . .

Leave a comment about your favorite chocolate recipe for a chance to win the following cozy mystery items:
  • A 24-page booklet, READ MORE COZIES, highlighting new and upcoming cozy mysteries
  • A booklet of culinary mystery trivia
  • A recipe for an easy five-ingredient sweet
  • A Tell-Tale Tarte magnet 
  • A cozy mystery eyeglass lens cloth 

Sorry, I can only send the goodies to a U.S. address. Sending elsewhere would mean a trip to the post office, which I'm avoiding until it's safer. To leave a comment, scroll down through the comments until you see the blank form. 

Good luck in the drawing and happy 4th of July! 

51 comments:

  1. I'll start the ball rolling here. My favorite dessert is the tart in this post, perfect for chocolate lovers.

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  2. "What's your favorite way to eat chocolate? "
    With my mouth!

    Those may be chocolate chips, but they ARE a high quality brand.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  3. Brownies

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  4. Flourless Chocolate Cake—from a restaurant!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Catherine. That dessert sounds even better than a homemade chocolate tart!

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  5. I love fudge brownies with ice cream and caramel topping, add nuts and whipped cream for the ultimate treat! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com Thanks for a chance to win!

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  6. My favorite chocolate dessert is chocolate mousse. Happy 4th of July! Thanks for the great giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. My favorite way to eat chocolate is to savor a chocolate truffle. In a pinch, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups will do! I like eating chocolate almost as much as I love reading cozy mysteries!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. My favorite way to eat chocolate is plain just dark chocolate the bitter the better. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  9. My favorite way to eat chocolate is any way, I'm a chocoholic.

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  10. I will eat and enjoy almost any chocolate. I prefer dark, but I actually like all chocolate.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hi Kaye, I'm a dark chocolate fan too, but I tend to pass up milk chocolate. Thank you for commenting

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  11. I love everything chocolate. Friendly's Chocolate Almond Chocolate Chip ice cream is my favorite guilty pleasure.

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  12. Chocolate cake is my favorite.

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  13. I love chocolate straight out of the package! Thank you for the recipe, and this chance to win. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. This looks fantastic, Maya. I'll try it as soon as I get to the store for the ingredients. Big thanks. I love chocolate desserts like this with red wine. Loulou

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    1. Hi Loulou, I hope you're doing well. Red wine and chocolate make a good combo. Thank you for commenting.

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  15. My daughter makes a chocolate/cherry trifle that I just love! Thanks for the contest. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  16. Apple pie. Yum

    1cow0993(@)gmail(dot)com

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  17. My chocolate favorite is simple. Chocolate on vanilla ice cream makes me a happy camper!

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  18. I have a very simple fudge recipe from my mom that I have tweaked over the years. I make it as gifts every Christmas and everyone seems to love it.

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    1. Hi Lorena, Thank you for commenting. My daughter's the fudge maker in our house, and everyone looks forward to a fudge gift from her.

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  20. Iove any dark chocolate especially in cake with chocolate icing and truffles.

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  21. My favorite chocolate recipe is for Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies! Just takes chocolate cake mix, eggs and oil :) I am definitely going to try the recipe for Easy Chocolate Tart! ladyofshalott03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win! I love anything chocolate! My favorite is any kind of choice cookie!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  23. Milk chocolate bars, fudge, and delectable brownies. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Dark chocolate with a glass of Old Vine Zinfandel.

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  25. My favorite recipe is triple chocolate cookies. They have milk, semisweet and white chocolate chips. My favorite way to eat chocolate is every way possible!

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  26. I love dark chocolate. My favorite way to eat it, is in bar form.

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  27. I love a good chocolate mousse. I guess that would be my favorite because it's a real treat!
    laurie(dot)anismom2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Black Forest cake, Lindt truffles, chocolate chip cookies, brownies....everything's better with chocolate!
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. I love brownies with walnuts! dianaleigh@sbcglobal.net

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