I feel like I’ve been on a ridiculous sugar-binge lately. It seems that every time I turn around, I’m shoving something sweet down my gullet. This Salted Chocolate Tart is no exception–It’s sweet, salty richness in a cookie-like vanilla crust.
The key for me is the richness of it. I say all the time that I could (and have) eat ganache with a spoon…The truth is, after about two bites, I get that sugar-overload stomachache. Indeed, there is something about “rich” heavy food that a little bit of it goes a long way. A few nights ago, I tried my hand at making a Croque Monsieur (I felt like doing something a little French, since my dad’s been researching the family tree, and has gotten back to potential relatives in 15th century France). Because he’ll eat just about anything with fried eggs on top, I made Jay Croque Mesdames. Neither one of us could really finish our sandwiches or potato wedges (I know, not exactly pommes frites, but still), and in fact, I went back for a salad afterwards, just to cut the heaviness from all that cheese and bechamel! Jay commented about how full he was, and I pointed out that that’s the key to French cuisine…Yes, there’s a lot of butter and cheese involved (sometimes), but you don’t need to stuff yourself to feel satisfied and full!
I was hoping the same would apply to this tart. It’s not huge, but small-enough slices will make it last.
The bambino ate most of the piece I used in the photos for this post…But I’m the one who ate the bulk of the tart. Which is okay. I’ve been trying to cut back on the sugar lately, and a small slice of this tart is plenty enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Now, if I could just conquer my salt cravings…!