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Dark Chocolate Milk Jam Tart And A Giveaway

Dark Chocolate Milk Jam Tart And A Giveaway

chocolate milk jam tart

Spring has finally arrived. It won’t be long now before the sun is shining and the daffodils are in bloom. As is always the case with this time of the year, we need a little boost to cheer us up and help us usher in the new season.

I’ve made a Dark Chocolate Milk Jam Tart to help celebrate the arrival of spring and it is beyond delicious. What is milk jam, you ask? It’s a very old french recipe. I’ll let you read about it here.

chocolate tart overhead

This is also the time of year where I usually giveaway some amazing chocolate. It’s just my way of saying thank you for being such loyal readers and great friends.

This year I have a wee favor to ask in return. I have linked to a very brief 10 question survey I’m asking you to fill out so I can better understand who reads this blog. If you could take a moment to complete it before entering the giveaway, I’d be most appreciative.

chocolate goodies

As you can see, I’m giving away a bit more than chocolate this year. Here’s what’s included:

A giant bar of white Toblerone chocolate

A bag of nougat from Provence, France

A gorgeous keepsake tin of French La Mere Poulard chocolate chip cookies

A 2.2 lb (1 kg) box of Cacao Barry Saint Domingue Origine 70% Chocolate Pistoles (pistoles are small chocolate discs that you can melt and chop easily)

How can you not love this giveaway?

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Complete the brief reader survey here. (no worries, I’m not collecting data on you personally, just looking at the aggregate results)
  • Leave a comment on this post before midnight on Friday April 5, 2013
  • Make sure your comment links directly to a site where you can be contacted. Otherwise include a Twitter or email address in your comment. Only comments that include this information are eligible to win.
  • One entry per person.
  • The winner will be selected at random and contacted on Saturday April 6, 2013
  • before noon (EST).
  • Be sure to check your inbox and messages. If no response is received by Monday April 8, 2013 at noon (EST), another winner will be selected.
  • This giveaway will ship anywhere in the world.

In the meantime, try this Dark Chocolate Milk Jam Tart. It’s out of this world.

chocolate tart sliced
slice of tart

Dark Chocolate Milk Jam Tart

Pate Sucre (Tart Crust)

1 3/4 c (250 g) flour
9 tbs (125 g) butter, room temperature, diced
1 c less 2 tbs (100 g) powdered sugar
1/4 tsp (1 g) sea salt
1 egg

In the standing bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the butter into the dry ingredients until pea size particles form.

Switch to the hook attachment and knead the egg into the dry mixture. Just as the mixture loosely comes together and begins to look like dough, pour onto plastic wrap and use plastic wrap to shape the sough into a disk. The less you touch the dough with your hands, the less tough it will be. Refrigerate until manageable. Roll out dough on a lightly floured silicone baking sheet. Fit dough inside an 8″ spring form pan or tart pan. Trim edges. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Prick dough all over with fork. Line with foil and fill with pie weights or beans. Bake about 20 minutes until lightly golden. (If sides sink down during baking, carefully press them up with the back of a spoon. ) Cool completely.

Milk Jam

4 1/4 c (1 liter) whole milk
1 c plus 2 tsp (220 g sugar)
1 vanilla pod, split open (you can make this without the vanilla pod)
2 tsp (8 g) vanilla extract
1/2 tsp (4 g) baking soda

You can make this recipe in advance but be sure you’re close by while it cooks. You’ll have to check on it every 10- 15 minutes for a few hours. The goal is to cook this low and slow. The result is totally worth it.

Place all ingredients in a large 2 liter pot and stir (expect the milk volume to double as it boils).

Turn heat to med-high and bring the mixture to a gentle boil without stirring. Once you see the milk start to boil and bubble slightly, get ready to turn the heat down. You do not want the milk to over-boil.

Once it’s boiled, turn the heat down to the lowest temperature (that is, until it’s barely simmering). Skim the foam off of the top. Continue to simmer uncovered for around 1.5 – 2.5 hours. Stir and skim every 10-15 minutes. When the mixture starts to look thick and caramel colored, remove from the stove and cool. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Chocolate Filling

1 c (150 g) chopped dark chocolate, 70%
2/3 c (150 ml) cream
1/4 tsp (1 g) sea salt

Melt chocolate in heat proof bowl in microwave. [Do not overcook. I usually set the microwave for 1 minute then remove and stir. If it is not melted, I cook and stir in 10 second intervals. Keep in mind that the residual heat from the bowl will also melt the chocolate.]

Whisk in the cream and salt. Set aside.

Completing the Tart

Fill tart shell two-thrids to half way with milk jam. Chill until firm. Pour chocolate filling on top. Optional: sprinkle with roasted chopped nuts. Chill until firm.

Store in refrigerator. Remove 20-30 minutes before serving.

Note: You do not need large slices of this tart. A small slice is very satisfying.

Bon Appetit!

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  1. Kasey

    21 March

    Would love to try this chocolate, and this is a perfect recipe to use it in!


  2. This looks so lovely!

  3. ~ Cee ~

    21 March

    I just finished the survey. This looks so good, and I am lamenting the fact that I did not take time to eat lunch. Cee
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. To-die-for! This tart must taste just incredibly good.



  5. marg.ret

    21 March

    Such a generous giveaway! Can’t wait to try out this recipe, too (though I confess I didn’t know what milk jam was before today.)

    Have a great weekend!

    misformargaret at gmail dot com

  6. marg.ret

    21 March

    Such a generous giveaway! Can’t wait to try this recipe, too (though I confess I didn’t know what milk jam was before today.)

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Lou

    21 March

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Meryl

    21 March

    I took the survey.

  9. Anonymous

    21 March

    Can’t wait to try the tart!

    lizgiff at aol dot com

  10. I took your survey. What a wonderful giveaway. And I seriously want to make this tart!

  11. Love chocolate, and the tart looks way too good to be true. Never seen milk jam before but have heard of it.
    lovely to see it used in such a creative way… and with chocolate!

  12. Brianne

    21 March

    Took the survey. I’m really intrigued by milk jam. I’ll have to give it a try sometime!

  13. Todd

    21 March

    That tart looks like a good weekend project.


  14. Sarah Hawkins-Pinchers

    21 March

    I completed the survey! Great recipe too!


  15. vividpurple

    21 March

    I’d love to give those goodies a try.


  16. Joanne

    21 March

    Wonderful food giveaway!! Thanks so much!!

  17. Oh dear, just the words milk jam sound amazing! Just completed the survey as well, because I really want that chocolate! The tin is so precious as well!

  18. pundelina

    21 March

    I love your recipes and was happy to answer your survey! And that chocolate tart looks divine!!

    pundelina at hotmail dot com

  19. I completed the survey, thank you so much for the fantastic giveaway!


  20. thelittleloaf

    22 March

    Oh beautiful. Milk jam is so so incredibly delicious and layered under thick chocolate and cased in flaky pastry? Heaven!

  21. El, this tart looks divine, and what a way to welcome Spring! Love how the pastry looks so light!

  22. Oh, PS, I did the survey too!

  23. Unknown

    22 March

    This is on my list of baking project to do. Milk jam…first time heard about it! Glad that I learn something new. Love your site!

  24. Jewel

    22 March

    Love your site! This is on my list of baking project. First time heard of milk jam. Glad that I learn something new.

  25. Naomi

    22 March

    I’m glad you posted the link about “What is milk jam” because I needed that and now I reaaalllly want to play hooky and just bake this tart. Mmmm

    The Occasional Indulgence

  26. Kelly

    22 March

    This tart looks delicious. I took the survey – perhaps 2x! Oops. Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Deeba PAB

    22 March

    Gorgeous tin! What a keepsake and what a beautiful tart El!

  28. Your blog arrived on a cold and windy day in Lancaster County, PA. I had planned to work in the garden, but it looks like I’ll be making this tart instead – for our B&B guests. Can’t wait to try it!

  29. ikkinlala

    22 March

    Survey answered.

    That tart looks amazing!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  30. Erica

    22 March

    I took the survey, and oh my goodness, I cannot wait to make this sublime-looking tart!


  31. Oh my goodness, your tart looks fabulous! A treat I know I would love.

    I took your survey also but please do not include me in your wonderful giveaway as I won your giveaway last year 🙂 I’d like others to have an opportunity to win.

  32. Becky

    22 March

    This tart looks so luscious!

  33. Anonymous

    22 March

    Love your blog and recipes!

  34. Alison L

    22 March

    This tart looks amazing! Jut finished the survey. Hope I win:)


  35. Sarah

    22 March

    This recipe looks wonderful. I would love to win your chocolate giveaway! It looks great. I have filled out your survey.

  36. Anonymous

    23 March

    Yum! This tart looks wonderful. I think I will try it for Easter. Thanks for including the article on milk jam. I had no idea what it was until I read that.

  37. Tracy

    23 March

    New to your site. Lovely!

  38. Tracy

    23 March

    New to your site. Lovely!

  39. Deb

    23 March

    Finished the survey! But I must comment on the beguiling Milk Jam Tart. It is divine!

  40. TK

    23 March

    Did the survey! Plus I love how thick and rich the tart looks!

  41. sarah

    23 March

    I am definitely making that tart great giveaway, hope I win!


  42. Esme

    23 March

    You are right how could you not love this giveaway.

    chocolate and croissants blogspot

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo .com

  43. Sara

    23 March

    I did the survey. The tart looks awesome!

  44. I love a giveaway that involves chocolate and nougat!

  45. I took the survey! Chocolate is so yummy 🙂
    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  46. AnnaZed

    25 March

    I am deeply impressed that you have a milk jam recipe that doesn’t include that abomination of nature – condensed milk (yeck, I hate that stuff). Your little tarts look so lovely that I’m considering making them and adding a few chopped pistachios (the non-salted ones) to the top instead of your crumbs – or maybe a lone pistachio of perfect form. Would that be gilding the lily do you think?

  47. Alina

    25 March

    Took the survey, and if I may, and I will the giveaway items are making me salivate 🙂

  48. Laura

    25 March

    This tart looks delish! Would love tow in this prize 🙂

  49. I completed the survey. Mmmmm….Dark Chocolate! One of the many things online that makes it very difficult to maintain my training diet. I quess everything in moderation, right?

  50. Anonymous

    26 March

    after completed the survey I couldn’t pass the oportunity to comment and to have the chance to win.
    Thanks for this recipe.

  51. rachel

    27 March

    My word, that looks delicious! Also took the survey 🙂

  52. linda

    27 March

    This tart looks awesome i really want to try milk jam 🙂 giveaway looks awesome!

  53. Priya Patel

    27 March

    This looks phenomenal! I love dark chocolate and I’ve never heard of or tried milk jam…definitely next on the baking list!

    Priya (chroniclesofahoosierfoodie@gmail.com)

  54. Emma

    27 March

    Milk jam, what? Such a curious thing, I can only guess at the texture. I am going to have to try this out – – it looks incredible:)

  55. Jess

    27 March

    This recipe is dangerously tempting, especially with Easter coming up. Have never heard of milk jam before though. May have to give it a go!

  56. Anonymous

    27 March

    This sounds amazing!!! Can’t wait to try making milk jam, and see how it compares to dulce de leche made by boiling sweetened condensed milk.


  57. Loretta E.

    27 March

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I’d love to win.

  58. Just finished the survey. This recipie is going to
    Keep me awake all night craving chocolate!

  59. Amber

    27 March

    That looks delicious.
    Email: amber@amberskye.com

  60. whilehewasout

    28 March

    This tart looks fantastic!

  61. Diana

    28 March

    I just finished the survey. This tart is gorgeous and looks delicious!


  62. Rambling Tart

    29 March

    I actually really enjoyed filling out the survey, El. 🙂 It made me think about what’s really important to me and that’s always a good thing. 🙂 Your tart is GORGEOUS!!! I love the layers and that ooey gooey layer at the bottom is wonderful. 🙂

  63. Anonymous

    30 March

    love it!

    su.angela1 at gmail dot com

  64. darlene

    31 March

    Love chocolate and love your photos! dar@c4.net

  65. Karen

    1 April

    Wow, what beautiful tarts and what a generous giveaway!

  66. feelingfull

    2 April

    I have an extra pie crust sitting in the fridge and was delighted to find this today! It looks beautifully sweet…

  67. Kimbie

    4 April

    I’ve never heard of milk jam. The tart looks so good and I must make milk jam!


  68. Anonymous

    4 April

    What a lovely tart and giveaway!


  69. Kbrandydog@aol.com

    4 April

    Looks absolutely great. Giveaway is awesome for a quick survey.

  70. Anonymous

    4 April

    Looks so wonderful. Such a great giveaway with a quick survey.


  71. Anonymous

    5 April

    I found this picture on pinterest and since them I have been dreaming about this pie, so this is the weekend! Let’s get started and see how good I will get doing this, whish me luck!


  72. this is a very interestingly looking tart, I am pinning this!

  73. Thnaks for sharing. I will try this over the weekend

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