ok, i know it sounds out there but i promise, this rosemary chocolate tart is yummy! remember when we made chocolate cherry rosemary ice cream a while back (as in, summer of 2016) and i alluded to a tart where i’d stolen the rosemary + chocolate idea from? this is that tart!
i first made this rosemary chocolate tart years ago for a family christmas eve party. folks liked it and i’d always had it in my mind that i wanted to share it with y’all. i didn’t quite get around to it last year but now here it is, in all of its dense, rich, chocolately-with-a-rosemary-twist glory.
given that it’s been awhile since the last time i made the tart, i wanted to experiment a little bit to reacquaint myself with the recipe. i got it into my head that the shortbread crust would be delicious with pine nuts, and i still think it would be, it just turned out to be a super crumbly mess.
there’s a finite and non-large limit to how many times i will test a dessert that would never be mistaken for healthy, so i gave up on the pine nuts (for now) and opted to use a (basically foolproof) shortbread crust recipe from cook’s illustrated instead. (as i’m sitting here typing this “finalized” recipe, the wheels are turning with a new way to try to get the pine nuts back in there… perhaps someday we will have rosemary chocolate tart 2.0: the pine nut edition.)
i also tinkered with the amount of rosemary a bit, and ultimately decided that the original recipe had it right. (this is a good place to mention that if you don’t like rosemary, you could easily leave it out and have a really delicious, decadent chocolate tart. in fact, when my husband saw the recipe sitting on the table next to my laptop, he commented, “that tart would be so good without the rosemary!” never a lover of my “put an herb in it” approach to baking and dessert making, that one…
he did have the idea, which i agree would be delicious, to substitute in mint. i think either fresh mint leaves OR peppermint (not both) would be delicious, though i don’t have any guidance on quantities, other than a warning that a tiny drop of peppermint extract goes a seriously long way.)
ok, so, back to this rosemary chocolate tart. it’s delicious. it keeps well so that you can make it in advance and stash it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. the end? i think that’s all i have to say about it.
oh, one more thing, not about rosemary chocolate tart: the calendars have arrived and i shipped all of the orders so far so if you bought a calendar (or 10), it’s on the way! if you didn’t buy a calendar yet and think it would be nice, either on your kitchen wall or to give as a gift to a loved one, head over to the order page and let me know where to send yours! i’m excited for them to get out into the wild.