All Dolled Up

Recipe File: Chocolate Tart. Metro Parent Portland. March 2015.A decadent chocolate tart, inspired by an all-American doll

I started baking as a preschooler. I wanted an Easy Bake oven, but my mom said no. She made me use the “real oven” instead. Years later, I still love to bake.

And sweet-tooth kids and grown-ups alike will love this rich chocolate tart, inspired by the American Girl company’s doll of the year, Grace Thomas, who — ooh la la! — visits France and decides she wants to own her own Parisian-style bakery. Think madeleines, eclairs, macaroons, petits fours — and this tart, which is deceptively easy to whip up and sure to win a “magnifique!” when served to family and friends. Serves 8-10.

For the pastry shell:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Recipe File: Chocolate Tart. Metro Parent Portland. March 2015.1/2 teaspoon salt

7 tablespoons cold butter

3 tablespoons cold water

For the chocolate filling:

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

This summer our contributing writer, Barbara, is teaching a Grace Thomas-inspired French baking camp from June 22-26, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for girls ages 5-10. Register and find out more at

Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood is the owner of Pizazz Sweets in Lake Oswego. She is passionate about passing on the love and art of baking to kids and adults. She teaches kids’ summer baking camps, kids’ baking classes, kids’ baking birthday parties, and adult baking classes.
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