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
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 pizazzsweets.com.