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ooey gooey chocolate tart

by Michelle

Last October, entrepreneur Judith Mackin created and organized a fund-raising event for the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation called OH! CHAIR-ITY! She asked if I was willing to cook dinner for six guests at her home, as one of the auction items. It took me a millisecond to answer “YES”. I was delighted to support the foundation, but even more jazzed over the opportunity to cook in her spectacular kitchen. As an added bonus, I was able to test some recipes that I’ve been working on for the new Italian by Night location.

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When I arrived on site, the scene was set complete with menu, place cards, stunning table decor and a glorious kitchen flooded with natural light. Whenever I do an elaborate Italian catering, a lot of the prep work is done in my kitchen where I have all of the gear for pasta making and whatever else is on the menu. It also saves me frantic prepping the day of the event.

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I put together a six course formal Italian dinner with regional dishes from all over Italy. Creating a menu for a group is challenging. I don’t know each person’s specific palates so it’s really a stab in the dark as to what I choose to prepare. I try to be a little more conservative with the main course and dessert then more daring with the antipasti, ‘primi’ or first course and ‘contorni’ or vegetable dishes. Typically, I wouldn’t serve bread if I’m serving pasta, but we Maritimers love our bread…

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Judith and her husband, Robert Moore graciously acted as hosts, servers and clean up crew for the evening. I intended on taking more photographs of the food and people, but the details of each plate kept me on my toes. I had to forego picture-taking to ensure that the food arrived hot to our guests. Suffice to say, Judith and Robert were marvelous. They greeted each guest as they arrived with a generous glass of bubbles, efficiently whisked plate after plate to and from the table, filled and re-filled wine glasses, dimmed lights, selected music; essentially never missed a beat.

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I wasn’t satisfied with the chocolate tart I served Friday night. Everone said that they enjoyed it, but I think that they were being kind. I found it a lttle flat tasting and the wrong texture. After a big meal, I love to finish up with something luxuriously chocolate; something ooey gooey. This happened Sunday.

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For the crust:

  • 2 12 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 10 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3 extra-large egg yolks


For the crust:
  1. Mix cookie crumbs and butter together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  2. Pour crumb mixture into a 10″  pie plate.
  3. Using your finger tips, press mixture out in an even layer, on bottom and up the sides of the pie plate to form an even crust.
For the filling:
  1. Melt chocolate in a heat proof bowl set over a medium pot of simmering water over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove bowl from heat and set aside.
  3. Heat cream in a pot over medium heat until bubbles appear around outside edge of cream, remove pan from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl until smooth.
  5. Gradually whisk about 14 cup of the hot cream into yolks, then stir egg–cream mixture back into pot of hot cream.
  6. Gradually add egg–cream mixture to bowl of melted chocolate, stirring until well combined and smooth.
  7. Pour filling into prepared crust and set aside to cool, about 30 minutes, then refrigerate until chocolate is completely set, about 3 hours.
  8. Serve with whipped cream.

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THE LOVE: Make sure that you give your tart the full three hours to set in the fridge or you’ll never get it sliced. Of course you could always eat it with a spoon!
Thanks for reading.