Rustic Chocolate Ganache tart with Strawberries

Emphasis on the word rustic because I rushed and had no time to make the edges look perfect so let's just give it a fancy name.

Oh and Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I've had a very busy week, and I'm sorry for the lack of presence, I'm slowly catching up on reading all your blogs!

This tart is very easy to make. Trust me, baking is not something I'm very good at. Chocolate, strawberries, sweet shortcrust pastry - cannot go wrong here.

Sorry for the bad images, it was late and no lighting :(

This recipe is adapted from the Bake Essential Companion by Alison Thompson.

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

225g plain (all-purpose) flour
pinch of salt
60g pure icing sugar
110g unsalted butter, diced
2 egg yolks

I like to do this dough by hand, you can still use an electric mixer if you like.

Sift flour onto a work surface or into a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt and butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until there are no lumps of butter visible. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks, and mix together with your hands until a dough forms.

Wrap the dough in a cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using. You can also freeze up to 1 month.

Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Tart

1 quantity of above short crust pastry
400g Fresh strawberries

400ml pouring cream
350g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons liquid glucose
30g unsalted butter, diced, softened

1. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface, then use it to line a 25cm tart tin. Refrigerate for at least 30 mins.

2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees

3. Blind bake the tart case for 15 mins, then lift out the blind baking weights and bake the case for a further 10 mins, until golden. Set aside to cool.

4. Ganache: Bring the cream to the boil, then pour it over the chocolate, add the glucose and butter, and stir until smooth.

5. Pour the chocolate ganache into the tart case, and chill for 2 hours. Pile the fresh strawberries onto the top of the tart to serve.

Let me know if you try this recipe! Hope it goes well.

While I'm in the mood for all things cooking I thought I'd share with you some new purchases I've made. I found these gorgeous handmade plates and an antique looking spoon and tray to use on photoshoots or perhaps special occasions. Love!

Mamiya M645 - B&W ISO400

The weather here in Melbourne has been absolutely perfect! I've been out and about trying to soak up as much sun as I can get. I'm feeling much better from being sick last week. I think it was just due to exhaustion so I took a couple of days off on Friday and Monday.

The first day off I spent it with the lovely Bianca from Be and See Creative. It was such a beautiful day to be in the city, we walked around and did all things 'photography' related. We were hunting for prices for the Canon 5DMKII. We're both switching to full frame so it's been great doing all the research together.

I also got the chance to play around with my Mamiya M645 again but this time in B&W, I couldn't resist with such a beautiful day. Thanks to Bianca for being a great model, as well as my husband for also taking a few images of me. Let me know what you think :)

No post-production on these photos. Love the natural film texture.

Hope you all have a great weekend.