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Dried Fig & Blood Orange Tart

One of the best flavor pairings – dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine’s day dessert – a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

It’s almost Valentine’s day. 

Me and my husband don’t really celebrate it, but this year we made plans to have dinner with two our friends, so we’re having a double date. They are cooking the main dish, we are making dessert. And I think this pie is perfect for the occasion. Only change I’ll have to make is the crust, because my friend is gluten free. I’ve never made a gluten free chocolate tart crust before, so any suggestions are welcome 🙂 If I manage to do a nice one, maybe I’ll even add the recipe here.

One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat! One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

First of all, I’m in love with the dried fig and orange combo. Blood orange or regular orange, both is super delish! I tried it for the first time in a smoothie. I was combinig these two just because I had nothing else to put in and it sounded like a great combination. Yes, yes, you’re missing a lot if you’re never tried those two together. I mean it! Go ahead, make this blood orange tart or simply take an orange and eat it next to a fig. How is it? Are you loving me right now? 😉

  One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat! One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

Okay, so I was thinking about what to make for Valentine’s day. I’ve shared a brownie recipe last year, this year I wanted something more fruity. Yesterday we celebrated the death of our greatest poet, which is also the biggest cultural holiday in Slovenia. We had a big celebration in the town where he lived, just a couple of kilometres from my village. Wow, way too many people, I had to hug my belly to protect it from the accidental bumps.

This poet liked to give out dried figs to the children. One of his nicknames was also Dr. Fig, for that reason. So I used figs as an insiration and added the oranges, because AGAIN they are perfect for each other 🙂 Of course I couldn’t go without just a tinsy bit of chocolate, so I not-so-secretly added some cocoa powder to the crust.

One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat! One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

I’m absolutely in love with the color of the curd. I know, you’d expect a red color, especially if you look at the red juice from the orange, but the eggs and butter make it a more pale yellow to orange color. So it might look like an orange, not blood orange tart. The oranges I got were not red all the way through, if you try with oranges that have a completely red flesh you might get a slightly different result. But the eggs and butter will still make it pale. I think it’s such a romantic color, but I’m probably under pregnancy hormones influence 😛

One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

Now let’s make a blood orange tart with dried fig jam and have the best Valentine’s day ever!

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Dried Fig & Blood Orange Tart
Makes one 22 or 25 cm (9 or 10 inch) tart.
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Chocolate crust
  1. 1 1/3 cup (190 g) all-purpose or wholegrain wheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup (55 g) icing sugar
  3. 1/4 cup (25 g) cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 140 g cold butter, cubed
  6. 1 egg, cold
Dried Fig Jam
  1. 2/3 cup dried figs, hard stem removed and quartered
  2. 1 cup 100% apple juice
Blood Orange Curd
  1. 3 large eggs + 2 egg yolks
  2. 3/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  3. 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  4. zest of one big orange
  5. 150 g room temperature butter, cubed
Instructions
  1. Chocolate Crust: Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. In a food processor, mix toghether dry ingredients. Add butter and pulse about 10-15 times to get dry crumbs. Add the egg and pulse just unil the dough starts to come together, but does not form a ball. Gently form a ball with your hands, no kneading is needed. Wrap into plastic foil and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes roll the dough into a circle of the diameter of your tart tin + two times the height of the sides. (My tin is 25 cm + 2,5 cm height, so I rolled it out to 30 cm). For easier rolling place a slightly wet teatowel on the counter, then baking paper over it, then the dough and another piece of baking paper. This way the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin and the teatowel prevents the baking paper to slip. If you notice the dough is starting to stick to the baking paper, flour it lightly.
  4. Transfer the crust to a buttered tart tin, cut away the excess dough. Make a few holes in the bottom with a fork, cover with tin foil and place baking weights (I use old coins) over the foil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake for 10 more minutes.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin, before taking out or you might break the crust.
  7. Dried Fig Jam:
  8. In a small sauce pan, soak dried figgs in apple juice for 15 minutes: After that bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or a blender and mix. I prefer the jam to still have a small pieces of figs, but you can mix it all the way to a smooth jam. At first, the jam will look a little too runny, but will thicken while it cools.
  9. Blood Orange Curd: Place eggs, egg yolks, orange juice, orange zest and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl. Boil water in a sauce pan and place the bowl over it. Leave water so simmer on medium while whisking the egg mixture for 15-20 minutes or until it starts to thicken and it reaches 75°C (170°F).
  10. Remove the bowl from the sauce pan and whisk in butter, a few cubes at a time.
  11. Cover the bowl and leave to cool.
  12. Assembly: Spread fig jam over the cooled crust and pour over cooled blood orange curd.
  13. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 6 hours or better overnight.
Notes
  1. The fig jam recipe is sightly adjusted from the Fig Butter recipe by Stephanie Cooks.
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One of the best flavor pairings - dried figs and orange in a perfect Valentine's day dessert - a decadent dried fig and blood orange tart. Simple chocolate tart crust is holding a dried fig jam and a zesty blood orange curd, which is decorated with tiny orange hearts. What a treat!

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Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies

Rich, melt-in-your-mouth triple chocolate sour cherry brownies. An easy recipe for decadent homemade chocolate brownie explosion.

Use Your Noodles - Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies

What’s better than chocolate? Triple chocolate. And even better are these triple chocolate sour cherry brownies with bittersweet, semi-sweet and white chocolate.

Since it is Valentine’s day on Sunday, I think it’s appropriate to do something chocolaty. One of my Instagram followers suggested I did a brownie recipe, so I’m making it! How exciting is this?

Use Your Noodles - Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies

I’m by no means a brownie expert. This recipe came out by pure luck. It was one of those moments when you say, I’m just going to make something. So I did, I checked out a few recipes, written down some thoughts and ratios and started cooking. After the brownies came out of the oven the first time I was smitten by them. They were the perfect ratio between a cakey and fudgy brownie, in favour of cakey, which is what I like.  Later I added more sour cherries and some white chocolate chips on top, just because I can 🙂 

Use Your Noodles - Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies

If you’ve ever made brownies, you know they can be fudgy and dense, or they can be more cake-like. These brownies are more on the cakey side. There is some baking soda in them and an extra egg, so they have a cakey texture on top and the bottom, but they are thick on the inside, because the ratio between butter and chocolate to dry ingredients is high. There are bittersweet chocolate chips in there, which gives them extra gooeyness. White chocolate chips and sour cherries on the top are for some sweet and sour, moist kick. Believe me, they re even better than they sound.

Use Your Noodles - Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies

If you are wondering how to make a perfect brownie, Samina from The Cupcake Conffesion has written a nice post about Top 5 mistakes to avoid when making brownies. They might seem obvious, but from my own experience I say, the obvious mistakes are the ones we make most often.

As for the cooling down goes, I’m the one that’s always impatient. I want to dig in immediately. But, if you are planing on serving your brownies to someone, please don’t do that! There’s almost no possibility you’re going to be able to cut them into beautiful piceces, or even taking them out of the pan, without messing them up. The best is if you cool it down completely. If there’s no one waiting for these little goodies, dig in with a spoon, while they are hot. But watch out that no one is looking 🙂


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Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies
Yields 15
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 g semi-sweet chocolate
  2. 110 g butter
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour
  6. 4 TBSP cocoa powder
  7. 1 tsp vanilla seeds
  8. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 60 g bittersweet chocolate chips
  11. 60 g white chocolate chips
  12. 1 cup sour cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 175 °C. Butter the sides and the bottom of a 20x33 cm (8x12 inch) pan and line it with baking paper.
  2. Put the bittersweet chocolate and butter in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted.
  3. Turn of the heat and add the sugar. Whisk until the sugar is completely combined, than remove from the saucepan and wait for the mixture to cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the eggs, one by one.
  5. Add vanilla bean powder, baking soda, salt and a third of the flour to the chocolate mixture. Whsk well. Add the rest of the flour and whisk again until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Stir in the bittersweet chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and and sour cherries. Don't press them in.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Keep in mind that it is better to slightly underbake than overbake brownies.
  9. When you take the brownies out of the oven sprinkle them with white chocolate chips. Here you can press in a little if you like.
  10. Wait for the brownies to cool completely, then lift them up together with the baking paper and cut them into 15 pieces.
  11. Store in a plastic wrap or air-tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
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For more Valentine’s day dessert ideas check my Coffee Pudding recipe.

Use Your Noodles - Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Brownies


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