Most of you are probably too young to remember all the ghoulish characters of this group that included Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, Cousin Itt and the THING.
I was a little taken by Cousin Itt and on occasion wake up looking like him in the mornings. Here’s what I’m talking about….
So what am I getting at here? Let me tell you. I’m not much of a dark chocolate lover. In fact, I’m not much into chocolate AT ALL. I know you must think I’m weird. Not as weird as Cousin Itt but nonetheless WEIRD.I like chocolate chips in cookies but don’t give me a huge slice of chocolate laden anything. My husband Steve, eldest son Jayme, boss Alan and my work colleague Eve on the other hand would KILL for chocolate. I usually bring in the treats I make at home to my work peeps so when I created this chocolate Oreo tart this weekend I knew it would be descended upon the second I put it in front of these folks.Getting back to the ghoulish stuff. I really don’t usually photograph in the moody mode. You always see bright, cheery and light photo’s on here. (and just an FYI…..I know I overdid the amount of shots on this blog today but come on, I just couldn’t help myself)
This dessert deserved to be shot in a sultry style because, I mean….just look at it. It screams Morticia Addams all over it. Dark and appealing looking with a certain “je ne sais quoi” indefinable, elusive quality.When using pure dark chocolate in baking it entertains an aspect of romanticism.
and oh so sexy.
- For the Crust
- 350 g (10 oz) package Oreo cookies (set aside 4 or 5)
- ½ cup butter, melted
- Chocolate Ganache Filling:
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons 30% or higher fat whipping cream
- 7 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped - (I used 70%)
- ¼ cup cold butter, cubed
- For garnish:
- 4 or 5 chopped Oreo cookies
- chocolate chips
- optional - frozen berries & grapes
- For the crust: using a food processor, give those Oreo cookies a whirl until they are the texture of fine crumbs.
- Combine crumbs and the melted butter and blend well.
- Place the mixture into a fluted tart pan (mine is an 8 x 8 tart pan with a removable bottom)
- Press cookie crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides evenly.
- Freeze the crust while you prepare the chocolate ganache filling.
- In a medium saucepan, bring cream to a slow boil. (careful not to scorch the cream)
- Remove from heat, add chopped chocolate and butter, and let sit to slowly melt for 5 minutes.
- Then stir until melted (you should have a lovely sheen to the chocolate)
- Pour the chocolate ganache filling over the firm Oreo cookie crust.
- Decorate with some chopped Oreo cookies and chocolate chips.
- Chill for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.
- Unmold from tart pan.
- Optional - garnish with frozen berries and grapes and enjoy!