Fresh Mint & Dark Chocolate Tart

For whatever reason, I’ve never been able to truly enjoy a mint-flavored anything. Whether it’s ice cream, cookies, or candy, I have always steered clear of mint chip, thin mints, and peppermint patties, respectively. If it registers as the same flavor of my toothpaste, I’m not into it. However, I will say that the difference between the flavors of fresh mint and bottled peppermint oil or tictacs is too immense not to call them by completely different names. The fact that all mint is considered to be on the same playing field is devastating, my point being that I enjoy desserts made with fresh mint, and do not enjoy desserts made with artificial mint flavoring. In the title, I made it my business to clarify: this is strictly fresh mint and nothing else.

Make sure the pastry of your tart shell is cooked all the way through before filling, or you’ll have a hard time making clean slices. Also be sure to leave some excess dough around the edges, as the puff pastry will shrink as it bakes.

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Make the tart:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) heavy cream (+ more for whipped cream)
  • 10 oz dark chocolate, chopped (or 10 oz chocolate chips/chunks)
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 cup of fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out a sheet of thawed puff pastry dough and lay it in a 9 in pie plate, then bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. (The middle will puff up, but once removed from the oven, press it down with a spoon.
  2. To make the mint syrup, crush the chopped mint with the sugar in a small saucepan with a wooden spoon. Add 1/2 cup of water and turn the stove on medium-low. Let the mixture simmer until it’s thickened slightly and is tinted light green. Strain the syrup through a sieve and set aside.
  3. In another saucepan, heat the cream with the corn syrup until bubbles form around the edges. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes, then stir until smooth. Add 4 tablespoons of the mint syrup and stir until combined.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the puff pastry shell, cover and refrigerate for an hour (or until completely cool). Make whipped cream and add 3 tablespoons of mint syrup to the cream before whipping. Spread the whipped cream over the tart and refrigerate until set.

Enjoy! <3, B

Cookie Cake

Let’s be honest here because I’m no Mrs. Fields, but I love cookie cake. And so I had reached an impasse. With this recipe, I remade the classic “cake” and it turned out not bad✔

Not bad at all.

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Make the Cookie Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salted butter (1/2 cup softened, 1/2 cup browned)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. milk
  • 3/4 bag chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9×9 cake pan.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar(s) together, then add the eggs 1 at a time. Beat for about 30 seconds, then mix in the milk and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend the flour and baking soda. Add the mixture to the butter and sugar a little at a time, stirring well after each addition. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the middle in moist but not uncooked.

Enjoy! <3, B