Chocolate Pudding Cream Tart, I really don’t even have to say anything about this delectable dessert, just look at it! First of all, my last post on Elote, for those that read it, Tastespotting submitted the photo and recipe to their site. Yeah! Now today is another story so we will see. This is the first tart I have ever made and really relatively very simple. You just need a tart pan, and really good bittersweet chocolate such as Lindt. This recipe is from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa, How easy is that? Today my blog is dedicated to my oldest son Morgan. I promise to dedicate the next one to you P.J. The reason I’m writing about Morgan is, he just landed a dream job in NYC He will be a writer. Let me tell you a little something about my 21 year old baby Morgie. I knew from the time he could walk and talk that he was going to be some kind of entertainer or performer. He was always hamming it up in front of family and friends, singing blues with a fake plastic tennis racket, pretending it was a guitar, performing all kinds of magic tricks. He began taking acting lessons when he was 7. He asked me to pursue this avenue for him. He was the star in every production of his grade school plays. He wrote and directed and filmed his first movie at age 8. Pete and I starred in it. That will be the first and last time for that I’m sure, unless he puts us in another one of his movies. He wrote numerous screen plays about Potato Heads and other various characters, wrote comic books, and kept a journal all of his days. He got an Agent in Scottsdale when he was 7 and was in several commercials. He starred in a Broadway play called Ragtime at our local venue in Mesa Arizona. When he was a junior in high school we started looking at colleges. He really wanted to go to USC, but was turned down. He was so disappointed. He applied to schools in NYC and was accepted at SVA. I just knew there had to be a reason he ended up in NYC instead of LA. I now know why. Honestly, from the minute he stepped foot into the big apple he has been running. His first year of college he got a job at Blink Digital. Not only was he going to school full time at SVA and working at Blink Digital, he started taking classes at UCB, an improv school started by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. He took all the classes he could take there and started to do stand up. He is with a group called Dreamboat and they perform improv all over the city. During all this he did 7, 7 second commercials for windows. He has modeled, acted, directed in several independent shows and movies. He has been writing for the Onion Newspaper on and off for the last 4 years. I will never forget and I actually wrote it down, he picked up a copy of the Onion on the ASU campus and showed it to me his freshman year of high school and said I’m going to write for this paper someday! He has written articles for the Huffington Post . The latest and my most favorite is Why Yoga Sucks by Morgan Evans. He was hired by the Onion News TV Show to be their touch screen producer from beginning to the end of the show. Last year, he started an internship with Jimmy Fallon and had to leave the other day for his new job. He wrote Ceasar, Upload, and recently just wrote directed and starred in The Untitled Web series That Morgan Evans is doing. His movies have made it to the Phoenix film Festival, Friars club, and just recently will be seen at the NY TV festival, for his web series. He has spent a year on writing scripts for major film makers, and is waiting to hear. He is in his last year of college right now. He is going to have to quit. The opportunities that are awaiting him are amazing. He can always go back to school. Heck, look at Spielberg he was not a college graduate. To say that this Mom is proud would be an understatement. I’m just exhausted writing all of this down! I don’t know how he’s done it all. He did it though and all on his own. He put himself out there. He has made a name for himself and starts his new job Oct 8th. He could not pass this one up it is to great of an opportunity. What a resume this young 21 year old man has, I’m sure I have left out numerous projects and material that he has done, but for now I just want to tell my baby boy that I am one proud Mother, of the work that you have done, the friends that you have made, the life that you have lead, may your journey just be beginning! I love you with all my heart. Mom
for the crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs, to make graham cracker crumbs, crush 14 graham crackers into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until finely ground. Or just buy a box of graham cracker crumbs.
1/3 cups sugar
1/4 pound (1stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
4 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
5 extra-large egg yolks
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tsp kosher salt
7 ounces good bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, broken, I used 3 bars, two for the tart and one for the garnish
2 Tbs (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, diced
1 Tbs Kahlua Liqueur
1 tsp instant coffee powder, such as Nescafe Clasico
Sweetened whipped cream
Shaved bittersweet chocolate for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the graham crackers, sugar, and butter in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Lightly press the mixture into an 11-inch metal tart pan with removable sides. Bake for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.
Heat the Milk in a small saucepan until almost simmering. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the milk into the bowl. (I pour the hot milk into a large measuring cup first to reduce spills.) Pour the mixture into a large saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is very thick. Off the heat, add the chocolate, butter, Kahlua, and coffee. Beat with a whisk until smooth and pour into the cooled crust. Place plastic wrap directly on the chocolate filling and chill the tart for 6 hours, until cold. Decorate with whipped cream and shaved chocolate and serve cold.
To make sweetened whipped cream, place 1 cup heavy cream, 2 Tbs sugar, and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until it forms firm peaks.
For the Chocolate curls, use a potato peeler and shave curls off of the side of the chocolate bar.