When I decided to make an indulgent Chocolate Tart for Valentine's Day and began to research recipes, it was no contest. David Lebovitz's recipe is the only one I would even consider. I totally agree with everything he has to say in his post and have no interest in making a tart that focuses on cream and sugar when what I really want to eat is chocolate. Honestly, there are few desserts that compare with a really excellent chocolate bar in my personal opinion.
This super dark and decadent tart takes chocolate to the next level. With un-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, caramel, coffee and rum it is like no pie you've ever tasted. If you love someone who loves chocolate, make this and seal their affection for you forever this Valentine's Day.
Click through for the complete recipe at David Lebovitz living the sweet life in Paris. He gives clear and easy to follow instructions but here is a brief outline of the steps and ingredients involved. We begin by making caramel. If you've never made caramel before, don't be scared because it's really fun to see dry sugar transform into molten sauce.
Just remember that liquefied sugar gets seriously hot and be very careful. Have everything you need and an oven mit ready at hand before you begin. Be patient. Once the caramel is a nice golden color, coffee is added (stand back!), then butter (!!) and this hot and luxurious sauce is used to melt the chocolate.
The mixture is glossy and smooth and luscious; then eggs and a little flour and rum are added before it's poured into a pre- baked shell. I used my typical pie crust rather than the sweet crust recommended with this recipe.