Thursday, February 10, 2011

White Chocolate Kahlua Tart and North Shore Picks of the Weekend

Sometimes you just need Kahlua and cake. This little tart was an afterthought when I had leftover batter from making my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes. I saw leftover goodness in my mixing bowl, spied my tart pan and a bag of white chocolate chips and went to work. The end result was something I couldn't keep my hands off of. Now, my crew of taste testers (ahem, co-workers) went for the cupcakes, but I decided they were missing out on this tart, which sat silently by the tray of cupcakes. Whatever. More for me.

This is one of those desserts that if you leave it around, you'll find yourself breaking off little pieces of it and mowing on its fudgy yumminess. I saved this for Valentine's Day weekend because I think it would be the icing on the cake (pun intended) to a lovely little homemade holiday dinner between sweethearts at home.

I cannot go any further without thanking the wonderful David Lebovitz again for this Devil's Food Cake recipe. As is, it's perfect, but it lends itself well to adaptions and additions. In this case, adding alcohol takes it from light and moist, to a decadent fudge consistency.

White Chocolate Kahlua Tart
Base cake recipe adapted from David Lebovitz's Devil's Food Cake
Frosting is Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting
Serves: 8-12

4.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup cake flour (97.5 grams)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 ounces (1/2 a stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/4 cup strong coffee (or water)
1/4 cup whole or low-fat milk
1 tablespoon Kahlua
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

as many white chocolate chips as you'd like

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and butter up your tart pan and set it aside.

Now, sift together the cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into a bowl. In the bowl of a standing mixer, or by hand, beat together the butter and sugar about minuted until it becomes smooth and creamy. Add the egg and beat until fully incorporated.

In a glass measuring cup or bowl, mix together the coffee and the milk. Stir half the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, add the coffee/milk mixture and then stir in the other half of the dry ingredients. Finally add your Kahlua and by hand, fold in your chocolate chips.

Pour your batter into your prepared tart pan. Place tart pan on a baking sheet (to catch spill over) and bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire baking rack.

Now for the frosting, melt your butter, stir in your cocoa, and alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beat with an electric mixer until you have spreading consistency. Stir in your vanilla.

Once the tart is cooled, spread frosting over the top, and pipe (or just frost) the edges. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and serve it on up!

Weekend Picks for 2/11-2/13 from the North Shore Bloggers Consortium

Friday 2/11

Newburyport Education Foundation Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
Location: Masonic Temple Association, 31 Green St, Newburyport, MA
Time: 7:00PM Friday, February 11th

$100 buy in gets automatically entered into $500 raffle. $1,500 first prize if we get 100+ people. Free food, cash bar, 50/50 raffle, auction items, great time! to register. It all goes towards helping out the Education Foundation. Looks like a blast for a chilly Friday night for all you poker fiends out there!

Mirror Ball Goes to the Winery
Location: Zorvino Winery, 226 Main Street Sandown, NH
Time: 6-9 p.m. 

If you haven't gotten a chance to pick up Newburyport native, Joel Brown's book "Mirror Ball", do it. In fact, on Friday night at the Zorvino Winery in Sandown, NH from 6-9pm you can join Joel and three dozen other local authors to check it all out. It's free to get in, with a free wine-tasting and cash bar. If you sign up on Zorvino's website you can also be entered into a drawing for a private wine-tasting. Some of the money will go to local libraries. If you want more info - check out Joel's website:

Saturday 2/12

Free chocolate and wine tasting at Jewell Towne Vineyards
Location: 183 Whitehall Rd. South Hampton, New Hampshire 03827
Time: 12-4pm

I love Jewell Towne - they're always coming up with fabulous little tastings to make your weekend more fun: This week for Valentine's Day - wine and chocolate:

Indulge in Wine and Chocolate! This Saturday, February 12, from 12-4pm, we will be pairing a selection of Jewell Towne wines with a variety of Lindt chocolates to celebrate Valentines Day! This event is complimentary and no reservations are needed! Join us! 

Free Tasting at Grand Trunk, Old World Market
Location: 53 Pleasant Street
Time: 3-5 p.m.

They've got great suggestions for cheese, chocolate and caviar this week and you can stop by on Saturday from 3-5 for this week's featured free tasting.

Wine Focus: Dos Familias Wine tasting : Join us this Saturday for a tasting of a couple of new Spanish wines from Southern Spain in the Bullas wine growing region. The importer will be here tasting some of his wines from 2:30-5:30pm. We will be tasting a juicy structured, full bodied Rosé and several of his red wines that range from smooth medium bodied to full oak aged reds that are very drinkable!

Sunday 2/13 

Love stories of Newburyport, dinner and music

Location: Joseph's Winter Street Cafe, 24 Winter Street Newburyport, MA
Time: 5 p.m.

A night hosted by the Historical Society of Old Newbury that features love stories, dinner and music. The society's curator Jay Williamson will spin takes of great local love affairs while you dine from a specially created menu for the evening and listen to some live music. Cost is $55 and reservations are required. Call 978-462-2681 to make yours.
The Historical Society of Old Newbury will host a special presentation to help prepare for Valentine's Day.

Check out what the rest of the North Shore Bloggers Consortium has to offer this weekend: 

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.

North Shore Dish spices things up with their weekend picks here North Shore Dish

Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.
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Lacey @ said...

Great photos! Plus the recipe looks divine. We'd love for you to share your recipe at!

Kate @ said...

kahlua, chocolate... I'm IN! It looks so good... great photos!

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

I just want to lick the computer screen....this looks so dangerously good!

briarrose said...

Oh my....kahlua and a chocolate tart. Awesome combination. This has to fall under the ultimate comfort food heading. ;)

Lisa said...

Oh wow, what a delicious looking tart. Chocolate is always best. I hope you'll come by and link this up to Sweets for a Saturday #4.

Medifast Coupons said...

And your co-workers passed this tart up. Well I am thinking this is going to be a real go-to tart recipe, thanks so much for sharing.

kita said...

This tart sounds divine!

Cslifko said...

This tart looked so great that I made it for my friends for dog sitting last weekend.  I didn't have white chocolate chips so I substituted coconut and for the frosting I used cream cheese instead of butter, lots of powdered sugar, more kahlua, and coconut milk! And put toasted coconut on top! It became a Kahlu-conut tart! I got lots of compliments, thanks for the recipe! 

Kimmy @ Lighter and Local said...

I'm so glad you liked it! It's a favorite in our house. Thanks for letting me know it worked out well for you!