Well I’ve been ill for over a week now and its really starting to pee me off, I’m not ill enough to be off work but I feel completely drained and I’m moaning a lot. When I’m ill it rarely effects my appetite so not even a bonus weight loss. In fact these chocolate tarts were a great comfort in my feeling sorry for myself state. When a pile of dark chocolate bars came through the letter box I soon perked up. The chocolate was sent courtesy of Lindt for me to experiment with. If you haven’t tried the Lindt excellence range you need to. I particularly enjoyed the hint of sea salt and the sesame one was delicious.
I brought a bag of apricots from the local shop. Apricots are usually available in the UK from May until September. Their vibrant, velvety orange flesh, tart yet sweet flavor and that familiar fragrance, I knew I wanted them to accompany the bittersweet chocolate. I remember seeing a chocolate and apricot tart in the Moro cookbook by Sam and Sam Clark, so I hunted for that and adapted it slightly, making a chocolate pastry too. To make these chocolate and apricot tarts I used the 85% cocoa, the bitterness of the chocolate worked wonderfully with the tart apricots. I still have a 99% bar to use and I feel something with espresso could be good, or perhaps a savory chocolate dish? Anyway expect a couple more chocolate related posts soon.