One of the docs where I work had a big birthday last week and, to cheer him up (he kept quoting that “Will you still love me when I’m 64?” song and generally moping about getting older), we organized a bit of a do.
Having determined that he really likes the chocolate-raspberry combination, I volunteered to bring some sort of dessert featuring those flavors.
I could have made something simple. But, me being me, I decided to make this Chocolate Raspberry Tart The DreadBrewer totally called me on it this weekend as I was lamenting the expense and time involved in this dessert – he pointed out that I was making something so fancy to a) show off and b) gain the approbation of my coworkers. Which may or may not be true…
Anyway, I finished it up this morning and am going to bring it by the office later today (along with the Littlest Brewster. This way everyone will know that I am capable of making more than just wonderful desserts; I make wonderful children as well.) I am very proud of the finished product and can see myself making this again in the future as a special treat for the Brewer family.
The little raspberries on top are out of our garden; I did have to supplement with some commercial raspberries to fill in the gaps.
It honestly wasn’t that hard – just a little time consuming. And expensive. I’m sure there is a cheaper way to make it (substituting cream cheese for the mascarpone, perhaps, or using frozen berries) but it is delicious and I’m glad I made it the “right way” at least once.