Decadent and Tempting Chocolate Delight

Loving Chocolate

Loving Chocolate

Chocolate has been tempting and tantalizing humans for thousands of years.  This week the focusing is on the relaxing properties of chocolate after a stressful tax day Monday, as if Monday’s can’t be difficult enough, and we are going to pair this fantastic delight with an amazing wine.

Food Network has a mighty crew of impressive chef’s in their arsenal and I appreciate each and every one of their individual talents.  I do have to admit, I have a few favs that inspire great flavors and one of them is Tyler Florence.

Decadent and Tempting

Decadent and Tempting

Tyler has an easy, laid back style that never seems hurried.  He explains every step with thorough attention to detail and though some of the recipes are quite involved, they look easy to recreate.

Keeping with the theme of the week, which is chocolate, I have chosen a fantastic tart by Tyler Florence. You may already have many, if not all of the following ingredients in your pantry or larder.   I am posting up the shopping list and then you will be redirected back to the original site for the full recipe.  You are going to love this one.

Chocolate Tart by Tyler Florence

Chocolate Tart by Tyler Florence

Chocolate Tart by Tyler Florence for Food Network   This recipe is delicious and is not difficult at all.  Total time is 3 hours and 20 minutes with an actual prep time of only 50 minutes and serves 6 to 8.  Or at my house, perhaps 3.

Shell / Pastry; Flour, sugar, salt, butter, egg and water.  Filling;  Heavy cream, milk, semi-sweet chocolate, sugar, salt and eggs  Full Recipe

Horse Heaven Hills Merlot

Horse Heaven Hills Merlot

Pairing your wine:  Jack suggests pairing Tyler’s Chocolate Tart with “Horse Heaven Hills Merlot from the Columbia Valley.  An earthy wine with hints of berry and if you really focus, chocolate in the flavor.”  You can read more about Jack’s dessert pairing suggestions here.

Chocolate has been used as a drink for nearly all of its history. The earliest record of using chocolate dates back before the Olmec. In November 2007, archaeologists reported finding evidence of the oldest known cultivation and use of cacao at a site in Puerto Escondido, Honduras, dating from about 1100 to 1400 BC ~ Wikepedia

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