Lemon Chocolate Tart

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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful, twiggy tree with delicious, sweet, red fruits. Everyone passing by stopped and admired its beauty. The tree, enjoying all this admiration, started bragging about itself and became arrogant. Slowly, slowly it started thinking of how it could bind everyone from cutting its fruits. Hence, it grew thorns so big that it was impossible for anyone to enjoy its produce. Its fruits were rotting, since no one could cut them and fell on the ground.

Anyone who had the courage to try and cut a fruit was pierced by the thorns and his/her fingers swallowed by the poison. One day goddess Athenà was passing by and stopped to admire the tree. At that particular moment a child, who was playing close by, wanted to cut a fruit to eat it. Immediately the arrogant tree pierced the poor child, who started crying because of the blood running from his hand and the pain. Goddess Athenà changed into an old lady and started treating the child’s hand with herbs.

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When the child left, Athenà approached the tree and said to it: “How beautiful a tree you are! Please let me cut one of your fruits to enjoy it.”

The tree started sniggering and replied: “No way will I give my beautiful fruits to an old and ugly lady like you.”

The goddess then said: “If I was young and pretty, would you consider giving me your produce?”

The tree, sassily, replied: “I am not striving to grow my fruits, so as to give them to you all.”

Goddess Athenà became so angry with this answer that beat her walking stick on the ground and she transformed to her real figure.

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She then said to the tree: “Arrogant, stupid, little tree, from today and on you will produce fruits that will be so stiff that no one will want to eat them and their color from red will become green just like your nastiness and then they will become yellow like your hatred.”

She then disappeared leaving the tree alone. In a few moments after the goddess’ curse the tree started to transform. All its thorns fell to the ground and its fruits became green and then yellow when they were ripened.

Everyone who tried the fruits, threw them away with disgust. The tree started crying and it was desolated. Its leaves started to wither and it nearly died. All this time was saying how much it regretted what it did and how wrong it was for not letting anyone enjoy its produce. He had completely understood how wrong its attitude was.

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Goddess Athenà when she realized that the tree took a very valuable and strong lesson from the whole situation, appeared in front of it and said: “I saw that you have regretted your attitude and thus I decided to improve your fruits. From now on, your fruits will not be as stiff and they will carry a beautiful, delicate perfume that will differentiate them from all the other trees. I will name you “Lemonià” which means repentant in gods’ language and you will be famous in each corner of this earth. All people will want your fruits and these fruits will rend their aroma to sweet and savory dishes.”

Soon after that, “Lemonia” /Lemon tree has become famous for its beautiful aroma and people used its fruits to give their food this delicious, tangy flavor we enjoy today. (Source: http://thesecretrealtruth.blogspot.com)

If you like the contradiction between sweet and tangy, then I am sure you are going to love this tart! You can make the fillings from the previous day and you can make the tart cell and the assembly the same day. Very impressive and so tasty!

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5.0 from 6 reviews
Lemon Chocolate Tart
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: International
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Tart Cell
  • 175 gr. / 6 oz. all purpose flour
  • 40 gr. / 1.5 oz. cocoa powder
  • 65 gr. / 2 oz. confectioner’s sugar
  • 80 gr. / 3 oz. butter or margarine straight from the fridge cut in cubes
  • 1 egg
For the Chocolate Mousse
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. dark chocolate 60% cocoa
  • 120 gr. / 4.5 oz. milk
  • 200 ml 7 fl oz. heavy cream 35% fat
  • 1 tsp confectioner’s sugar
For the Lemon Curd
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ to ½ cup lemon juice (depending how tangy you like it)
  • 60 gr. / 2 oz. butter or margarine
  • ½ to 1 tbsp lemon zest (depending how tangy you like it)
  • Raspberries, strawberries and finely grated coconut flakes for garnishing
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Tart Cell
  1. Put all the ingredients in your mixer bowl and mix until they are incorporated.
  2. Cover with cling film and put the dough in the fridge for one hour to rest.
  3. Take it out of the fridge.
  4. With a rolling pin, open the dough in a circle, big enough to cover the bottom and sides of a spring form with 25cm / 10 in. diameter.
  5. Preheat oven to 175° C / 350° F.
  6. Cover the dough with parchment paper and fill it with beans or lentils so as for the dough to not rise.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes.
  8. Take it out of the oven and remove the beans.
  9. Place it again in the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
For the Lemon Curd
  1. Take a pot and fill ⅓ with water.
  2. Put on fire at medium/low heat.
  3. On top of it, place a glass or stainless steel bowl, making sure that the bottom doesn’t touch the water.
  4. In this bowl put the eggs, the sugar and the lemon juice.
  5. Start whisking until the batter from liquid becomes thick as a pudding about 10 minutes or until its temperature reaches 75° C / 167° F.
  6. Remove the bowl from the top of the pot and add the butter and the zest and whisk until they are all incorporated.
  7. Let it cool a bit and then cover it with a cling film, putting it exactly on top of the cream to touch its whole surface.
  8. Put it in the fridge for at least three hours or overnight.
For the Chocolate Mousse
  1. Boil the milk.
  2. In a glass bowl place the chocolate cut in small pieces and pour the hot milk.
  3. Incorporate and put aside.
  4. In your mixer bowl pour the heavy cream and sugar and whisk with the wire whip until it becomes thick as a Greek yogurt.
  5. Slowly, slowly add it to the chocolate batter and incorporate.
  6. If you will use it immediately put it in the freezer.
  7. If you are going to use it the next day put it in the fridge.
  1. Carefully take the tart cell out of the spring form and place it on a platter.
  2. Empty the chocolate mousse and with a spatula plane it.
  3. Add on top the lemon curd and again with a spatula plane it, making sure it doesn’t mix with the chocolate.
  4. Garnish with raspberries, strawberries and the coconut.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe for the tart cell adapted from Stelios Parliaros

5.0 from 6 reviews
Τάρτα Λεμόνι Σοκολάτα
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Επιδόρπιο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Διεθνής
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για την Τάρτα
  • 175 γρ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 40 γρ. κακάο σε σκόνη
  • 65 γρ. άχνη ζάχαρη
  • 80 γρ. βούτυρο ή μαργαρίνη κατευθείαν από το ψυγείο, κομμένη σε κύβους
  • 1 αυγό
Για τη Μους Σοκολάτα
  • 200 γρ. σοκολάτα 60% κακάο
  • 120 γρ. γάλα
  • 200 ml κρέμα γάλακτος 35% λιπαρά
  • 1 κ.γ. ζάχαρη άχνη
Για την Κρέμα Λεμονιού
  • 3 αυγά
  • 1 φλ. ζάχαρη
  • ⅓ έως ½ φλ. χυμό λεμόνι (ανάλογα με το πόσο ξινό σας αρέσει)
  • 60 γρ. βούτυρο ή μαργαρίνη
  • ½ έως 1 κ.σ. ξύσμα λεμονιού (ανάλογα με το πόσο ξινό σας αρέσει)
  • Φράουλες, σμέουρα και τριμμένη καρύδα για το γαρνίρισμα
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
Για την Τάρτα
  1. Βάλτε όλα τα υλικά στο μπολ του μίξερ σας και ανακατέψτε μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν.
  2. Καλύψτε με διάφανη μεμβράνη και βάλτε τη ζύμη στο ψυγείο για μία ώρα να ξεκουραστεί.
  3. Βγάλτε από το ψυγείο.
  4. Με τον πλάστη, ανοίξτε τη ζύμη σε έναν κύκλο, αρκετά μεγάλο για να καλύψει τον πάτο και τις πλευρές μιας φόρμας με αποσπώμενα πλαινά με 25cm διάμετρο.
  5. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  6. Σκεπάστε τη ζύμη με λαδόκολλα και γεμίστε τη με φασόλια ή φακές ώστε η ζύμη να μην ανέβει.
  7. Ψήστε για περίπου 15 λεπτά.
  8. Βγάλτε από το φούρνο και αφαιρέστε τα φασόλια.
  9. Βάλτε ξανά στο φούρνο και ψήστε για άλλα 5 έως 10 λεπτά.
  10. Αφαιρέστε από το φούρνο και αφήστε τη να κρυώσει εντελώς.
Για την Κρέμα Λεμονιού
  1. Πάρτε μία κατσαρόλα και γεμίστε το ⅓ με νερό.
  2. Βάλτε στην εστία σε μεσαία/χαμηλή φωτιά.
  3. Στην κορυφή, τοποθετήστε ένα γυάλινο ή ανοξείδωτο μπολ προσέχοντας το κάτω μέρος να μην ακουμπάει το νερό.
  4. Σε αυτό το μπολ βάλτε τα αυγά, τη ζάχαρη και το χυμό λεμονιού.
  5. Αρχίστε να ανακατεύετε με ένα σύρμα μέχρι από το υγρό να γίνει σφιχτή σαν πουτίγκα, περίπου 10 λεπτά ή έως ότου η θερμοκρασία φτάσει τους 75° C.
  6. Αφαιρέστε το μπολ από την κατσαρόλα και προσθέστε το βούτυρο και το ξύσμα και ανακατέψτε μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν.
  7. Αφήστε να κρυώσει λίγο και στη συνέχεια καλύψτε τη με μια μεμβράνη, ακριβώς πάνω από την κρέμα για να μην κάνει κρούστα.
  8. Βάλτε στο ψυγείο για τουλάχιστον τρεις ώρες ή όλο το βράδυ.
Για τη Μους Σοκολάτα
  1. Βράστε το γάλα.
  2. Σε ένα γυάλινο μπολ τοποθετήστε τη σοκολάτα κομμένη σε κομματάκια και ρίξτε το ζεστό γάλα.
  3. Ενσωματώστε και βάλτε στην άκρη.
  4. Στο μπολ του μίξερ σας ρίξτε την κρέμα γάλακτος και τη ζάχαρη και χτυπήστε με το σύρμα μέχρι να πήξει σαν γιαούρτι.
  5. Σιγά-σιγά, προσθέστε το στο μίγμα σοκολάτας και ενσωματώστε.
  6. Αν θα το χρησιμοποιήσετε αμέσως βάλτε το για λίγο στην κατάψυξη.
  7. Αν σκοπεύετε να το χρησιμοποιήσετε την επόμενη μέρα βάλτε το στο ψυγείο.
  1. Προσεκτικά βγάλτε την τάρτα από το ταψί και τοποθετήστε τη σε μια πιατέλα.
  2. Αδειάστε τη μους σοκολάτας και με μια σπάτουλα ισιώστε.
  3. Προσθέστε από πάνω την κρέμα λεμονιού και πάλι με μια σπάτουλα ισιώστε, φροντίζοντας να μην αναμιχθεί με τη σοκολάτα.
  4. Γαρνίρετε με τις φράουλες, τα σμέουρα και την καρύδα.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή για τη ζύμη της τάρτας προσαρμογή από το Στέλιο Παρλιάρο

40 Responses to Lemon Chocolate Tart

  1. Is there any left? I definitely want a slice! 😀

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  3. Looks so delectable! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-114.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  5. mjskit says:

    What a beautifully layered tart! And the flavor combination – chocolate and lemon – is to die for!

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  7. Miz Helen says:

    Your Lemon Chocolate Tart looks fabulous, I would love to have a nice slice right now. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. That looks AMAZING! I love lemon type desserts and then chocolate on top of it…yum! WIsh I had a slice now! Thank you so much for linking it up with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning!

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  11. Diane Balch says:

    Love the mythology and the tart. Pinned.

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  13. This looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your terrific recipe with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. I’ve pinned and shared and I bookmarked this recipe, I can’t wait to make it.


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  15. Irresistible combo and looks fabulous!

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  17. gloria says:

    Look absolutely beautiful!!

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  19. grace says:

    i feel like i hardly ever see lemon paired with chocolate, but this looks AMAZING! what a beautiful and appealing tart!

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  21. G’day! Your lemon tart looks delicious Katerina! I wish I could have a slice now!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  23. Marion says:

    Εμένα μου αρέσει πολύ το λεμονι και η τάρτα σου συνδυάζει ξινό και γλυκό.
    Οπως πολύ μου άρεσε και η ιστορία σου :)

    Ωραία τούρτα και πολύ ευπαρουσίαστη.

    Καλό μας φθινόπωρο Κατερίνα


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  25. Daniela says:

    I love both, lemon and chocolate.
    This is a match made in culinary heaven!

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  27. Beth says:

    I love the legend! Any anything made with lemon is bound to be delicious.

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  29. I love chocolate and just about any citrus together – this looks so tempting, and that crust makes me want a piece right now!

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  31. Joanne says:

    I rarely pair citrus and chocolate together, but it really is a beautiful thing! Gorgeous tart.

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  33. Stunning!! Chocolate with lemon is not a usual combo, I think. How creative!

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  35. Liz says:

    Chocolate mousse AND lemon curd? What a spectacular dessert! Perfect for a special occasion…but I want it now :)

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  37. Kathy says:

    I loved reading your story about the lemon tree and Athena! And I also love your beautiful lemon chocolate tart…it looks luscious!!

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  39. I love lemon flavors and I know I will enjoy your pretty tart as much as I enjoyed the story of the lemon tree. :)

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  41. Great recipe for a Chocolate crust. Your lemony filling sounds perfect for it! Pinned! Someone needs to bake this for me! :)

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  43. Deepti says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic.. I am drooling over the pictures :)

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  45. I loved reading your story about the goddess Athena. I don’t think I have ever tasted lemon and chocolate together. A little sweet and a little tart. Delicious. Take Care, BAM

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  47. Πολύ ομορφη τάρτα!
    Ειχα φτιαξει μια (πολύ πιο απλή στην εμφανισηακι την κατασκευη) στην αρχλη του καλοκαιριου.
    Μα πόσο πολύ ταιριάζει η σοκολάτα με το λεμονι!

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  49. Juliana says:

    Oh Katerina, this is such a beautiful tart…I love the colors and the flavors in this dessert, and I love the story behind the lemon…
    Have a wonderful week dear 😀

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  51. Mmmm, sweet and tangy is a wonderful combination! I’m glad Athena took pitty so the fruits became sweet again. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Kate says:

    Reminds me of the song my parents used to sing to me “Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the lemon is impossible to eat.

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  55. What a gorgeous dessert Katerina!

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  57. I really enjoyed reading that story, really great one. And the tart looks fabulous, I do love tangy and sweet.

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  59. The title of your amazing tart Katerina mou, had my mouth watering. Two of my favorite flavors! Your presentation, as usual, next to none! ♥

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  61. Ξανθή says:

    Αν δεν φύγουμε θα τη φτιάξω για τα γενέθλια του Θανάση!!
    Πολύ μου αρέσουν τα υλικά της.

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  63. The tart looks beautiful and I have never tried chocolate with lemon and I am really intrigued by the marriage of these flavors.

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  65. Beautiful looking tart!

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  67. Susan says:

    Wonderful Greek tale and equally lovely dessert from the tree who repented :)

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  69. A dream chocolate tart! Looks so pretty and inviting.

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  71. Sissi says:

    I have never heard this story! Wonderful! I have a big passion for tangy flavours, so lemon tart is one of my favourite sweet treats. I have never had the idea to make the chocolate pastry (mine is made partially with almonds). It sounds like an amazing new version I should try.

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  73. καλό μήνα κατερίνα!!!
    πολύ με προκαλεί αυτή η τάρτα να τη δοκιμάσω!!!
    έχεις συνδυάσει αγαπημένες μου γεύσεις.
    όσο για την διακόσμηση… σούπερ!!!

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  75. Ola says:

    as always, a beatiful story behind the recipe!

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  77. Debra says:

    I had never heard this myth. And what great combo for this pie.

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  79. This chocolate tart is exotic – what a wonderful recipe – so smooth and silky, and lemon goes so well with it 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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