Dear Loveliest Readers have you ever wanted to ‘make’ friends with someone who works in a specific industry or occupation? I do LOL I have always wanted to be friends with a PASTRY CHEF ~ That’s right someone who works professionally with pastries and sweet goodies everyday! But unfortunately… I never found this ‘special’ friend…until one day last year hahaha when Ellen a friend from Uni told me she was friends with a person who’s a pastry chef at a prestigious restaurant in Melbourne! I was SUPER DUPER excited about meeting this mysterious person hahaha after a couple of months of nagging…I was finally introduced to Kirk!
Hahaha I hope Mr Bao wont be jealous when he reads this, but Kirk and I basically had ‘fireworks’ going from the moment we met it didn’t even feel like we just met LOL we spent hours talking to each other about pastries, our favourite chefs, TV shows and everything about food ~ and since meeting Kirk, he’s basically been MENTORING me! Teaching me new techniques and perfecting my old ones ~ Mr Bao and I have been so blessed! He’s always making us goodies – savoury for him and desserts for me YAY!
Now I am so happy and proud to say ‘I have a friend who’s a pastry chef’ hahaha and I love that I can share Kirk’s secret recipes with everyone ~ The other day, we had dinner with Kirk and he said to me, ‘I have a chocolate tart shell for you, go wild with your imagination’.
I was so so so happy because I’ve never really managed to make my own ‘pastry case’ so it was perfect, that Kirk had done the ‘hard work’ for me hehe I’ve been missing Win Win and my nephew quite a bit so I was inspired to make a Chocolate Orange Tart because that’s one of Win Win’s favourite flavours~
I’m so proud of myself ~ because this is the first Chocolate Orange Tart I’ve ever made hehe and I made an effort to take photos when I was making it, to make it easier for my lovely Readers to follow the directions I’m sorry that my photos aren’t that great… I’m still working on it
Recipe: Chocolate Orange Tart
Adapted from Good Food Channel
Chocolate Orange Filling
350 ml Thickened Cream
300 grams Dark Chocolate, 70% cocoa, chopped into small pieces
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
2 tbsps Orange Liqueur or Orange Juice or Orange Essence
Orange zest for decoration
1 Store Bought Pastry Tart Shell
1 Homemade Pastry Tart Shell
Sorry Everyone! Kirk is on holidays right now so I don’t have the recipe for the tart shell yet, but will share with everyone once I get a hold of him
1) Prepare the store bought pastry case or make your own using a reliable recipe
2) Heat the thickned cream in a small saucepan with most of the orange zest. Bring almost to a boil when small bubble forms around the side
4) Once the chocolate has thoroughly melted and begun to thicken, stir in the orange liqueur/juice/essence.
5) Pour the mixture into the pastry shell.
6) Leave in a cook place (but not in the fridge) to set for 1-2 hours.
7) Sprinkle with remaining orange zest
It was really easy to make because I simply made the filling ~ woo hoo! I love easy and quick recipes, it only took me 20 minutes to make that’s why I made another tart while waiting for it to set hehe
I didn’t put any extra sugar so it was slightly bitter chocolate tart, and even though Mr Bao complained that it lacked orange flavour I thought it was just right
Hope you liked this recipe ~ and Thanks again to Kirk for making it so easy for me