Burned! Chocolate Cranberry Tart

Burned! Chocolate Cranberry Tart

Faith Durand
Jan 27, 2008

Oh dear. Sometimes things don't turn out quite as we imagine...

Such was the case with this chocolate cranberry tart, a recipe we'd been dreaming about since Thanksgiving. We pictured a dense, fudgy tart with little pops of juicy tartness from candied cranberries. It would be bittersweet, dark, and incredibly rich.

Well, it was all of those things, but somehow it just didn't quite work.

Part of the problem was that we were in a rush and transported it half-baked (literally!) to a friend's and finished baking it there. But of course in the drive over the tart lurched and slid into the lopsided mess you see above.

Even after it baked it never quite firmed up into the fudgy texture we had imagined and it was more like a semi-firm ganache with little cranberries sloshing inside.

It wasn't a complete loss - people came back for seconds - but still. It wasn't what we were imagining and that's what it's all about, right?

We may try again, or we may accept that cranberries and chocolate don't go together in this form. Any recipe suggestions?

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