Let Them Eat Tart

If there was any truth to the story that Marie Antoinette callously uttered, “Let them eat cake,” during a bread shortage centuries ago (which most historians now agree is untrue), perhaps she would approve of this Chocolate Tart. I was preparing for a dinner party…

Let Them Eat Tart

If there was any truth to the story that Marie Antoinette callously uttered, “Let them eat cake,” during a bread shortage centuries ago (which most historians now agree is untrue), perhaps she would approve of this Chocolate Tart. I was preparing for a dinner party with friends last Saturday, and realized as I was rummaging through the pantry that I had my own flour shortage. My visions of a lofty cake suitable for a first blog-versary fizzled quickly, and I had to think fast, as I was short on time. There would be no last minute runs to the grocery store; I had to make something for dessert with the materials at hand.

I knew I wanted rich and chocolate-y, and with a few scant graham cracker crumbs and almond meal, I fashioned this Chocolate Tart with and Almond-Graham Crust. Made without heavy cream, this tart actually uses half and half, more out of necessity than simple substitution (again, no cream in the fridge!), but I do love how it turned out. As I took my third bite of the rich, creamy tart with its almond-nutty crust, I smiled to myself. This tart is exactly the kind of dessert I wanted to share with you this week, after all.

And now…for a little more blog birthday fun…I am happy to share a giveaway sponsored by CSN stores. Their network of over 200 online stores has anything you might need, from wall art and decor, to whimsical dinnerware, to cutting boards (psst, they carry my favorite brand). Enter for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate, and treat yourself and your kitchen!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post, and let me know, what is your favorite birthday dessert?
  • Entries/Comments accepted until 10 pm Pacific, Saturday, 5 February, 2011.
  • One winner will be randomly selected and announced on 6 February, 2011.
  • This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only, my apologies to my other international friends!

Now of course, please, have a slice of this chocolate tart. Thank you all for celebrating with me!

Chocolate Tart {with Almond-Graham Crust}

Makes one 9-inch tart.


  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven 350°F.

For crust, mix together almond meal, graham cracker crumbs, sugar. Add melted butter and mix well. Press mixture into a tart pan, using a measuring cup to press firmly on the bottom and up the sides. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cool before filling.

Over medium-low heat, bring half and half to a light simmer. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate. Whisk in sugar, vanila extract and salt until smooth. Whisk eggs separately, then add to chocolate, whisking well until fully incorporated. Pout into cooled crust.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until set. Cool completely before serving. Garnish with whipped cream or powdered sugar.


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  1. Monet

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love how you used what you had on hand to create this tart. Thank you for sharing yet another delicious and beautiful recipe. I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a relaxing weekend!
    PS. My favorite birthday recipe? Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting.

  2. Kate @ Diethood.com

    What?!? It’s not true? ;-) I did though think highly of her because of that statement!

    Happy Blogoversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate… I love everything about this treat – from the top down to the crust!! Delicious!

  3. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Didn’t really have a favorite birthday treat – until now ;) Really, not a big cake love and your tart is concentrated chocolate goodness! I think this is going on the menu for Valentine’s Day – and with half & half, which I usually sub for heavy cream out of choice and have never been disappointed either.

  4. Paula - bell'alimento

    I still can’t believe you’re only ONE ; ) You look marvelous! And this tart oh my goodness this could totally be my new favorite birthday treat!

  5. Lourdes

    Gorgeous tart! My very favorite Birthday dessert is vanilla ice cream sundae with homemade hot fudge without corn syrup.

  6. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    The tart turned out beautifully! I’m sure using half and half makes the filling lighter and less filling, which is always a good thing because that means you can eat more! My favorite birthday dessert is a good old fashioned yellow cake with chocolate frosting, it just reminds me of childhood.

  7. Mdivani

    Happy Birthday!!! It has been a remarkable year on your site, full of yummy stuff and love! My favorite Birthday dessert is a Classic White Cake with White Frosting and Colored Icing decoration!!

  8. Sara @CaffeIna

    you know I’m not a big chocolate fan but that crust sounds fantastic. I love recipes made up with what is in the pantry! They force us to be even more creative than usual. As per my favorite birthday dessert….I think I will have to say torta della nonna…Italian, of course :)
    Happy bloganniversary!

  9. heather

    A glorious dessert save! I don’t know that I have one particular favorite birthday dessert, but I like simple things. Even a few squares of amazing dark chocolate with a sweet, ice cold Muscat would be perfect.

    Cheers to year two,


  10. Isabelle

    I thought I was skilled at whipping out gourmet treats from a nearly-bare pantry, but clearly I was wrong. This dessert totally takes the cake… errr… tart. :)
    Happy blogoversary! My favourite birthday dessert is flourless chocolate cake, preferably with a big dollop of whipped cream and some fresh berries. As far as I’m concerned, a cake isn’t a birthday cake until you add chocolate.

  11. Stephanie G

    I love that this is on a graham cracker crust, my favorite!! It looks absolutely divine and relatively easy to make. I think my favorite birthday treat are cupcakes but I’m going to have to make this for someone special’s birthday…but dark chocolate!

  12. fooddreamer

    Happy blogoversary! I am rather glad you had no flour because you came up with this beautiful dessert. My favourite birthday treat is not cake, I prefer something like ice cream cake. Or pecan pie…mmmm pecan pie!

  13. Kristine

    I need to live close to you so I can drop by for these delicious meals you prepare :). My favorite birthday treat is tres leches cake! (It’s my favorite dessert all around!)

  14. Roxan

    My favorite birthday dessert is Ube Cake from red ribbon bakery! It’s the best, so moist and delicious.

    I hope I win this giveaway! I’ve entered so many but I’ve never won one. Keeping my fingers crossed……..

  15. domestic diva

    My favorite is ice cream. In any form. Yum!

  16. Theresa

    This sounds yummy! I can wait to try it!
    My favorite birthday dessert is my mom’s chocolate cake, she has been making it for me every birthday as far back as I can remember. Now she makes it for my husband and my kids too!

  17. fokxxy

    My birthday is in the summer. I love ice cream cake!!

  18. Becky

    Happy Blog-Birthday!! Your tart is beautiful! It looks so chocolaty. My favorite birthday treat is home made white cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream

  19. Tracey@TangledNoodle

    Happy 1st Blog Birthday! What a wonderfully delicious way to kick off the celebration – looks positively luscious. Wishing you many more years of happy blogging and good food!

  20. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    This is so beautiful! I need to make a chocolate tart. Maybe for valentine’s day this year!

    My favorite birthday dessert is definitely cheesecake. But, really, I’ll take cheesecake anytime, any place.

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