The best feeling, is to remove a perfectly baked tart from the oven. This time, I made my own dough and added a bit of orange zest to it. It was just perfect and the best part was pouring the chocolate ganache over it.

What you’ll need:

For the Dough:

150 g unsalted Butter

100 g Sugar

A pinch of Salt

250 g all-purpose Flour

1 large Egg

The zest of 1 small Orange (you can skip this if you want to make a simple dough)

For the Ganache Filling:

150 g of dark Chocolate of your choice, chopped into pieces

25 g unsalted Butter, cubed

250 ml of Double Cream (you can substitute with light cream)

Pinch of sea Salt

How to make the dough:

1) In the bowl of a mixer, mix the sugar and butter (softened)

IMG_80272) Add the egg, flour and orange zest and mix again until you get a coarse dough

IMG_80313) Roll the dough, wrap it with a film wrap and place it in the fridge for an hour

IMG_80334) Roll out the dough (it’s okay if it’s coarse and doesn’t stick together, you can put the bits together in the tin)

5) Place it in a pie mold (greased) and poke it with a fork so that it doesn’t inflate, and cook it in a 180 degrees preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes

IMG_8036How to make the Ganache:

1) Heat the cream in a double boiler (i.e. bain-marie) until it starts to simmer

2) Remove from the heat and immediately add the chocolate and butter, then stir to bring all the ingredients together

IMG_80413) When the ganache is a bit cooled down, pour it over the half-baked dough and place the whole thing in the oven again for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden and the chocolate is no longer very liquid

IMG_8042 IMG_8044 Cool down the tarts so that they also firm up and refrigerate


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And Voila! Enjoy!

There are various recipes that can help you make an apple pie. It all depends on what you are used to. Apple pie is American for some, English or Dutch for others, and French for those like me. The thing I like about the French and their food, is that, it frequently all boils down to butter and jam.
This fact is quite inspiring in winter, when you always need something tasty and warm to go with your coffee or tea. So here’s a very easy way to make a simple and delicious apple pie. The dough is not made from scratch this time, I cheated with a frozen ready-made puff pastry dough, but it’s worth it anyway πŸ™‚

What you’ll need:

– One 250 g round frozen “pate feuilletee” (i.e. puff pastry)
– Margarine (a healthier alternative to butter)
– Apricot Jam
– 5 medium-sized Apples
– Cinnamon Powder
– A bit of icing Sugar (optional)
– A pie mold

How to make it:

1) If your pie mold is not made from silicon, grease it with a little bit of vegetable oil so that the pie doesn’t stick

2) After defrosting your dough, spread it on your pie mold and poke it randomly with a fork so that the dough doesn’t inflate in your oven

3) Cut the apples in the way you like and spread them on the dough

4) On top of the apples, spread little pieces of margarine

5) Then spread as much as you’d like apricot jam

6) Sprinkle with cinnamon powder and icing sugar

7) Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the dough looks golden

And there you have it! Serve with tea, coffee, or have it for breakfast!