Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! Red represents danger in the western world but it denotes fortune and good luck in the Chinese society. Gift-money in red packet distributed to singles, couplet (對聯), red candy tray, firecracker, new year floral, red wear (outer and under), nameless…..
I wish you all 鴻運當頭, 龍馬精神, 萬事勝意! It means good luck, health and fortune.
New Year dessert should be red. So, I tried a recipe adapted from Claire Clarke, pastry chef of French Laundry. Raspberry is always a delight and the best lover to chocolate. To give it a twist, I also took mango. Fabulous colours, melting chocolate, cookies-like tart — Wow, wow!
Chocolate Pastry (I used 2/3 of the portion)
80g icing sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
225g plain flour
Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to form a soft but not sticky dough.
Flatten the dough to about 1cm thick, wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Roll it out to fit for a 13cm, 10cm cake pan and 6 tart moulds.
Lightly prick the bases with a fork and return to the fridge for 15 minutes. to rest. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Bake the pastry blind for 10 minutes. Remove baking beans and bake for 5 – 8 minutes further.
200g chocolate (I used 55% instead of 70% cocao)
2 medium eggs
3 medium egg yolks
raspberries to decorate
Melt the chocolate and butter over simmering water.
Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until pale, fluffy and tripled in volume. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate with a metal spoon while the mixture is still warm.
You can place raspberries inside the case and then pour over the chocolate mixture. Or spoon chocolate mixture into the tart case. Bake for 5-6 minutes. The centre should look damp and not quite cooked. Either serve immediately with lots of raspberries and creme fraiche.
If you like a more fudgy texture, let the tarts cool and decorate them with raspberries, mango. Enjoy!
I ate 2 tarts. Warm, gooey chocolate, fragrant raspberry and exotic mango. Yummy! With a sip of latte, it’s divine. Yes, I am aware of the weight adding to my hip….. I ended up doing 45 minutes stretching 🙂