Chocolate and Goats Cheese Tarts – Random Recipes #27

Dom is up to his old tricks again and has randomised Random Recipes even more than usual by getting us to use a highly technical random thingamidoodah to pick our books for us this month. Luckily I didn’t have to count all of my books as they are scattered around the house – I used the oh so wonderful Eat Your Books which has all of my cookery books logged, current count being 88. In went number 88 to the thingamidoodah and out came number 31. Arranging them alphabetically by author gave me Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book. Now wonderful as this books is, it didn’t seem likely I’d be lucky enough to find a recipe I could easily adapt to include chocolate, so I rearranged the books alphabetically by title and was much more successful. This time number 31 gave me The Chocolate Lovers by local boys the Tanner Brothers. No longer any need to worry about adapting recipes to include chocolate. So the next stage was over to CT to pick a number, which he did. Number 49 got me Chocolate and Devon blue cheese tarts.

Hooray – absolutely perfect! I would normally have used some Cornish Blue instead of the Devon, but I just so happened to have some of Ethel’s wonderful Capricorn Goats Cheese which I’ve been wanting to try with dark chocolate. Thus it was that the Tanner Brothers creation morphed into these chocolate and goats cheese tarts. I had to adapt the recipe slightly as I halved the quantity of filling and it didn’t fit neatly into halves.

This is how I made:

Chocolate and Goats Cheese Tarts

  • Sifted 250g flour (half wholemeal spelt & half white) into a bowl.
  • Added a pinch of salt and 1.5 tsp icing sugar.
  • Cubed 125g unsalted butter and rubbed these into the flour until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs.
  • Made a well in the centre, added 1 small (ish) duck egg and enough water to form a soft but not wet dough (about 50 ml).
  • Stirred this in with a knife, then bought together with my hands to form a ball of dough.
  • Flattened to form a disc then placed in a plastic bag and left in the fridge for an hour.
  • Rolled the dough out as thinly as possible and lined four 10 cm tart cases, 2 slightly larger foil cases and a foil flan case. I was planning on using the larger flan case for a quiche and the others for the chocolate tarts, but in the end I only had enough filling for 1 of the additional foil cases.
  • Placed back in the fridge whilst I put the oven and it warmed up to 180C.
  • Placed them on the top shelf and baked for about 12 minutes until they were golden.
  • Melted 85g unsalted butter with 100g 70% dark chocolate (G&B) in a pan over very low heat. Left to cool.
  • Whisked 1 large duck egg with 25g cardamom sugar (caster) until pale and thick.
  • Poured the chocolate mixture down the side of the bowl and folded into the egg as gently as possible.
  • Folded in 20g sifted white flour.
  • Divided the mixture between five of the tart cases.
  • Scattered 75g Capricorn goats cheese cut into small pieces over the tops.
  • Baked at 180C for about 7 minutes.
  • Left to cool (apart from one which I just couldn’t help diving into).

I sort of thought I was going to like these and I was right. Theye were delicious warm not long out of the oven, but equally delicious cold. They had a mousse like texture and the salty cheese was a perfect foil for the dark chocolate. If you like salted chocolate like I do, these are well worth getting acquainted with and even if you don’t, you may well like them. CT tells me I’m sweet enough without (I wish), but I really liked the barely sweet nature of these. I don’t know if it was the inclusion of icing sugar or my careful handling of the dough, but this was the best pastry I’ve ever made – it was so flaky, CT thought it was meant to be flaky pastry.

The wonderful Random Recipes monthly challenge is hosted by the Dashing Dom over at Belleau Kitchen and it gets us all to use books and recipes which might otherwise sit gathering dust on the shelves.

As Nazima has chosen cheese this month, I’m also submitting this to One Ingredient hosted alternately by Franglais Kitchen and How to Cook Good Food.


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    16th April 2013

    I love cheese and the combo with chocolate souds delicious.
    Have a nice day

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    franglais Kitchen , Nazima
    16th April 2013

    I love Ethel’s goat cheese too (I prefer the milder flavour it is so versatile for cooking into sweet and savoury dishes) and what a combination! wonderful idea.

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    The KitchenMaid
    16th April 2013

    I absolutely LOVE the look of those tarts, though I cannot for the life of me imagine what they taste like. Mind you, I can’t imagine what chocolate and blue cheese would be like either, except perhaps a migraine waiting to happen! You always seem to come up with such Random Recipe winners, I am very envious. Perhaps some of my cookbooks are just too random!

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    Johanna GGG
    16th April 2013

    Oh I should make more of an effort with random recipes if only to eat such wonderful food – love the tarts – the filling looks decadently oozy and the pastry does look flaky and delicious

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    16th April 2013

    Mmm… this is a real speciality Choclette. I really fancy trying it. Goat cheese and chocolate a match made in heaven!

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    16th April 2013

    That oozing chocolate shot has done it for me, I am now absolutely starving! They look beautiful!

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    belleau kitchen
    16th April 2013

    so unusual but I can totally get on board with these… a stunning photo too… so beautiful… I’m intrigued so much by the taste, I may come and stalk you… thanks so much for such a brilliant entry xx

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    belleau kitchen
    16th April 2013

    and so unique too C, I really appreciate that you’re probably the only one among us who would actually make these and not just say you would! xxx

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    16th April 2013

    Oh my what a great combo of my two most favorite non-fruit foods!

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    Susan Lindquist
    16th April 2013

    Such an interesting filling! Yes … salt and chocolate is good together! Goat cheese and chocolate though? Wow! Such a leap! I’m impressed!

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    Angela Darroch
    16th April 2013

    This is one of those recipes that sounds strange but you feel compelled to try. Ethel’s cheese might just find its way into my shopping trolley this week. They look great.

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    16th April 2013

    I do know these flavours work well together as I tried them out at Rococo in their goat’s cheese ganache. It was something else! I just love it and there is nothing better than a good flaky melting pastry, one of my favourite cooking activities s making pastry. It is my downfall!
    I love these tarts and how creative you have been so thanks for linking to One Ingredient xx

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    17th April 2013

    I think this is one I would have to try, not sure about goat’s cheese with choc, lol. They do look beautiful I must say.

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    Christian Halfmann
    17th April 2013

    Hm … what did Dom say about cheating?! Well, no worries, those tarts are so luvly, I would appreciate one, too. It’s that cheese thing again.

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    18th April 2013

    I love this idea! I’ll get my oldest making these this weekend

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    22nd April 2013

    Turned out super delicious! The crust is very popular with my coworkers!
    Such a wonderful way to pair two of my most favorite flavors–chocolate and goat cheese!

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      21st May 2013

      Glad they turned out well and thanks for making them. I loved that pastry too.

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