Chocolate-Nut Tart + A Giveaway

May 15, 2011

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In Los Angeles, we drive a lot. I am grateful for my Sirius radio and for Martha Stewart Living Radio as it helps me get from one place to the other. Recently, I was able to tune into friends like Matt Armendariz and Jaden Hair chat it up about blogging and food and I am always learning something new.

I keep a pad of paper and a pen in my car, right next to my cup holder. When ever I hear of an authors, chef, or professional that inspires me I wait for the next red light and write down their info.  Two weeks ago I was listening to Emily Luchetti talk about her new cookbook; The Fearless Baker. When I returned home, I googled the book and Emily.  I sent her an email, introduced myself and within an hour she responded! She offered to send me a book and within days the package was on my door step. I immediately opened the book and started earmaking dozens of recipes I wanted to try; Toasted Pecan Pound Cake, Walnut Chocolate Chip Tube Cake, Brown Butter Crepes with Fruit Topping, and this Nutty-Nut Chocolate Chip Tart.

The timing on the arrival of the book was perfect. I had been asked to photograph and bake for a fund raising “craft party” at a local designers design studio and retail store.  Designer, Deborah Rhein, donated the craft party to her child’s school auction.  2o woman, signed up and paid big bucks to craft, make jewelry, drink champagne, and eat gourmet treats.

I made my apple pie pop tarts and this amazingly rich yet not too sweet nutty-chocolate chip tart. I had some tart dough in the freezer, toasted my almonds and pecans, when assembled, I sprinkled some Celtic sea salt on the top.  This was the perfect combo of sweet and salty and received rave reviews.

Not only did Emily send a book for me to enjoy and cherish, but she sent an additional one to giveaway to one lucky reader. The giveaway will close on Thursday, May 19th at 10:00 p.m. PST. Open to residents of the USA only. To enter please do one or more of the following and be aure to leavea  speareate comment per entry.

• Tell me about your favorite cookbook.
• Follow me on Twitter @theurbanbaker
• Copy and paste this tweet or make up your own: @theurbanbaker has a giveaway of “The Fearless Baker” cookbook. Enter to win here:
• Become a fan of The Urban Baker on Facebook
• Sign up for a free E-mail Subscription to this blog

Nutty-Nut Chocolate Chip Tart
adapted from The Fearless Baker by Emily Luchetti and Lisa Weiss
yield: 1 8″ tart

1 recipe basic tart dough
1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp. organic, white sugar
10 Tbsp(5 oz.). unsalted butter, organic, butter, cubed
pinch of kosher salt
4 Tbsp. ice cold water

1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup raw pecans
1 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or use chips)
1/2 cup milk chocolate, chopped (or use chips)
2 large, organic eggs
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup lyles golden syrup
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

for the tart dough:
• in the bowl of a food processor with the metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt.  add the butter and pulse to resemble coarse meal. slowly add the water until the dough just comes together.
• on a lightly floured surface, gather the dough together into a ball.  wrap in plastic wrap and let the dough sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
• after an hour, roll dough out and place in tart pan, pressing into the corners. line with heavy duty foil and fill with pie weights.
• place tart pan on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  remove the foil and the pie weights and bake until slightly golden, another 5 minutes. let cool completely.

for the filling:
• preheat oven to 350*.
• spread almonds and pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and place in preheated oven. toast for 10-12 minutes. set aside and let cool. when cool, chop.
• layer nuts in pre-baked tart shell.  sprinkle with chocolate.
• in a small bowl, whisk the lyles corn syurp, eggs, and brown sugar. whisk in the melted butter and salt.
• pour the filling over the nuts and chocoalte, slowly.  make sure to disperse the filling in all areas of the tart.
• sprinkle the top with celtic sea salt.
• bake until set, about 25 minutes.  let cool and serve at room temperature.

Related recipes:

Salted Caramel Peanut and Chocolate – Urbane Fruits
Caramel Nut Tart – Technicolor Kitchen
Carmelized Pistachio, Cashew, and Almond Tart – Life, In Recipes
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart – The Galley Gourmet
Chocolate Coconut Tartelettes – Straight into Bed Cakefree

We have a Winner!

This Giveaway is now CLOSED

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim May 16, 2011 at 4:19 am

I really like these little tarts. I bet these are really good too!


2 Susan May 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

kim, you would love this tart. easy – peasy and yummy at the same time.


3 yummychunklet May 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

Ooh, this tart sounds so gooey and sweet! Yum! Can’t wait to try it.


4 Susan May 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

it was really good and you don’t need a huge piece, just a bite will do.


5 Molly Chester May 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

Mmmmm… pretty pictures, too. I love the last one. Feels so warm and natural. I feel like I’m sitting down with you to have a piece of pie!


6 Susan May 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

I have a good idea…next month, I come out to the farm, we get our hands dirty and then sit down and have a piece of something yummy together!


7 Molly Chester May 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

Sounds great! Let’s do it!


8 Allison May 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

The tart sounds amazing! My favorite cookbook at this moment is Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table. I’m a little obsessed right now. 🙂


9 Susan May 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

Well, Dorie is the gal! I love that book. Think about joining French Friday’s with Dorie – I have a button on my site. It’s a fun project and a great community!


10 Esi May 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

The tart sounds amazing as does the book. My all time favorite cookbook is the Good Housekeeping step by step book. My parents gave it to me when I was 19 and I still use it all the time. Such a wonderful resource.


11 Susan May 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

I love the sentiment in that! I want to see that book the next time I see you. x


12 Lucy Lean May 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

Favorite cookbook is Ottolenghi – well actually it’s two books – his Ottolenghi cookbook and the later one Plenty. x


13 Susan May 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

Lucy – if you say it’s great, then it must be great!


14 VADEPAN May 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

Hi, I’ve just discovered your site and I love it!!!! adding this recipe to my MUST TRY pile!!!!


15 Susan May 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Hi – I am so happy to meet you and thanks so much for joining my party! These were quite good…let me know how you like them!


16 marla May 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

Sounds like a wonderful book & the tarts look fabulous!


17 marla May 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

I am a FB fan 🙂


18 Leah May 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

Yum! Looks delicious!
My favorite cookbook right now is – of course – Ms. Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.


19 Susan May 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

Leah, that one is a winner. You cannot go wrong with any of the recipes.


20 Maria May 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Love the tarts!


21 Monica May 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Sounds super tasty! I love making tarts. This could also be great with peanuts or maybe dollops of peanut butter! OR both! Who doesn’t love pb and chocolate. I might make both!

Sounds like an awesome cookbook to add to my growing baking collection!


22 Susan May 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

peanuts would be a great addition, Monica!


23 Pat R May 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Love the pictures of the tarts……… favorite cookbooks are all of Paula Deen’s


24 karen d May 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I really do love any type of pie. Fruit, nut, cream, I love them all. I think the cookbook would be perfect for my collection.


25 Bebe May 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

My favorite cookbook right now is Heidi Swanson’s “Supernatural Cooking Everyday”.


26 Allison [Haute Box] May 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

How great it is when people respond promptly. I am sure I would earmark many pages in that book! This tart looks amazing BTW. 🙂


27 jacquie May 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm

my favorite cookbook – currently it is king arthur’s flour whole grain baking book. at other points in time it has been the moosewood upated version of their orginal or the william’s and sanomoa baking cookbook.


28 jacquie May 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm

alreay a subscriber


29 Jodi-dough May 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Favorite??? I’ll name two faves – one is Baking with Julia. There was a companion PBS series that taught me so much about baking. Another is The Barefoot Contessa Family Style. Everything I’ve made from it has been delicious and crowd-pleasing.


30 Jodi-dough May 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

follower. . .


31 Jodi-dough May 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm



32 Adrienne May 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

My current favorite cookbook is Molly O’Neill’s One Big Table. Not only full of amazing recipes, but lots of history. 🙂


33 Mynda Nissen (alohacookiegirl) May 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I have dozens and dozens of baking books but I’d have to say my favorite is Judy Rosenberg’s All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar-Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book! Her cookie recipes are the ones my family and friends request most often! 😎


34 Susan May 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I have never heard of that cookbook. It sounds like my kind of book!


35 Mynda Nissen (alohacookiegirl) May 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I first bought the book at Ross or Marshall’s in the mid 90s and used it so much the spine broke and I bought another copy on ebay. Another excellent book by Judy Rosenberg is Rosie’s Bakery Chocolate-Packed Jam-Filled Butter-Rich No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book! 😎


36 MyKidsEatSquid May 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

Chocolate and nuts are my favorite combo when it comes to desserts. Let’s see, my current favorite cookbook is Mark Miller’s Tacos. I tweeted about your giveaway.


37 EmandM May 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

My current favorite cookbook is Flour by Joanne Chang!


38 EmandM May 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I’m an email subscriber!


39 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 18, 2011 at 5:36 am

I really enjoyed two of Emily’s previous books: Calssic Stars Desserts and A Passion for Ice Cream. I don’t know that I could pick just one favorite, but I would certainly say A Passion for Ice cream would be one of my top choices, along with David Lebovitz’s A Perfect Scoop.(can you tell I have a bit of an ice cream obsession!)


40 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

I already follow you on Twitter.


41 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

I’m re-tweeting the contest too!


42 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 18, 2011 at 5:38 am

I like you on Facebook.


43 Anita Menon May 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

It looks like a great tart. Love the photos!

My first time on your blog. Loved my time here. Following you on twitter..


44 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

Mm, these look delicious! I’m having something of a chocolate craving at the moment (not that that’s different from every other moment).

I have a soft spot for a cookbook my cousin sent me called “I <3 Sugar" (it actually uses a little heart graphic). It has a lot of basic cookie and pastry recipes, but I admire its unabashed support for the sweet stuff!

Just signed up for your email updates, and I'm going to retweet the contest as well. 🙂


45 Susan May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

Thanks, Tara. A basic cookie is always a good thing, in my book!


46 Aparna May 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

Those tarts look amazing and that cookbook sounds good. 🙂
Favourite cookbook? That’s a tough question but right noe mine is Mediterranean Street Food by Anissa Helou.


47 Susan May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

ohhhh, mediterranean street food sounds like something I would totally enjoy!


48 deva May 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

My newest favorite cookbook is On A Stick! fun fun fun.


49 Susan May 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

I love that book and I adore Matt!


50 Jillian_R May 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

•My favorite cookbook is one that I did as a fundraiser for my high school. It has an out of this world scone recipe!
•Follow me on Twitter @theurbanbaker – Done!
•Copy and paste this tweet or make up your own: @theurbanbaker has a giveaway of “The Fearless Baker” cookbook. Enter to win here: – Done!
•Become a fan of The Urban Baker on Facebook – already done!
•I already am a subscriber to your blog – that’s how i found out about the give away!


51 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies May 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

My favorite cookbook is Pam Anderson’s Perfect One Dish Dinners. I love all her cookbooks, but this one is her latest, and I’ve cooked out of it more than any other book I have. It’s great!


52 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies May 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

I liked you on facebook.


53 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies May 19, 2011 at 7:42 am

I follow you on twitter and tweeted!


54 Julie May 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I don’t I’ve many, but Peter Reinharts Bread Bakers Apprentice has really opened the world of bread baking to me. His recipes just work!


55 Susan May 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I do love that book. It’s so nice when you find a resource that really works for you!


56 Elizabeth May 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Those look incredible! Wow… making me hungry.


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