Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 4th June 2010

Last fall, Liana and I attended Jamie Oliver’s talk  in Toronto, on the Food Revolution.  Jamie also engaged in a question and answer period after his talk.  He had us laughing one minute and then in the next minute he had the audience analyzing our day to day in the kitchen and what we were feeding our families.   Jamie is very charismatic and it is very difficult not to share in his passion for the Food Revolution when he is obviously so genuinely concerned.   Jamie is determined to make a difference in the way we cook, eat and live.  I truly admire what Jamie is doing and his passion for the Food Revolution is obviously contagious.

A photo of 3 chocolate hazelnut tarts on a white plate on a wooden placemat.

I was quite surprised at Liana’s reaction to Jamie’s talk and I was very grateful to Jamie, in one short afternoon, he was able to make a difference in how she looks at food and the importance of learning how to cook.  She appreciated his brutal honesty when answering questions.  Hopefully in his mission he will be able to change the thoughts of many more young adults in terms of the food we eat, how to prepare the food and the importance of fresh ingredients opposed to pre-packaged foods or take out.  If he is able to do this I feel we will really see a change in the future.

A photo of chocolate hazelnut tarts stacked on a white cake stand with a blue ribbon.

Jamie provided each member of the audience with a copy of his cookbook, Jamie’s Food Revolution.  He asked us to pledge to not only learn at least one recipe from each chapter of the book but to also pass it on to at least two people.

A photo of 4 chocolate hazelnut tarts decorated with blackberries on white doilies on a pink placemat.

It is time to stop procrastinating and fulfill my pledge to Pass It On with the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart.  Hopefully you will master the recipe and pass it on as well.  I will continue to fulfill my pledge with even more recipes in the future.

A photo of 3 chocolate hazelnut tarts decorated with blackberries on a white dish placed on a wooden placemat.

It’s no surprise that the first recipe I chose to pass on has loads of chocolate and hazelnuts.  I altered the recipes slightly, I added cocoa to the sweet shortcrust pastry to add a little more chocolate punch and I didn’t add the raisins in the filling, unfortunately the kids don’t enjoy raisins in sweets.  I did serve them with fresh blackberries.

A photo of a chocolate hazelnut tart decorated with blackberries on a white plate with a silver fork and 3 blackberries on a pink piece of paper.

The shortcrust pastry was very flaky and the taste was incredible.  The filling is rich in chocolate flavour, very creamy and the hazelnuts provide such a welcoming crunch.  The fresh blackberries complements the richness of the chocolate.

A photo of chocolate hazelnut tarts, one decorated with blackberries on a wooden cutting board.

Please join me in Jamie’s Pass It On campaign, one by one, we can make a much needed difference!

A photo of chocolate hazelnut tarts mise en place, including: tart shells, a rolling pin and a jar of ... on a wooden placemat.

A photo of 3 stacked chocolate hazelnut tarts, one with blackberries on a mini green cake stand.

A photo of 3 chocolate hazelnut tarts decorated with blackberries on a white dish on a wooden placemat.

A photo of chocolate hazelnut tarts, one decorated with blackberries on a wooden cutting board.

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Comments (19)

19 Responses to “Chocolate Hazelnut Tart – Chocolate Explosion”

  1. Ramya Says:

    The tarts are looking scrumptious! Loved your clicks :)

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ramya

  3. Lorraine Says:

    I am so going to make this! Thank you! I’ll pass it on, too :)

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lorraine! Wouldn’t it be neat if we could chart and see how far spread we could take one recipe.

  5. Marly Says:

    Oh how I love blackberries! These look so beautiful and delicious. I bet they were a hit!

  6. Grace Says:

    You’re right Marly they didn’t last too long, I ate 1 too many myself.

  7. Lisa Says:

    These look scrumptious! I love your photographs. This is one of the recipes that I haven’t tried yet from Food Revolution, but I will before the fresh blackberries have disappeared this year. Good for you for passing it on….I try to do the same with my blog. Come visit!

  8. your brother Says:

    i love the pictures and pastries – you are doing a terrific job!

  9. Grace Says:

    Thank you big brother! Maybe you should stop by a try a few.

  10. Paul Says:

    I assume that you add the chilled butter to the rest of the dough ingredients at some point?

  11. Grace Says:

    Thanks for catching my omission Paul, I have made the change. You add the butter with the lemon zest. Wouldn’t be much of a pastry without the butter that’s for sure. Hope you’re going to make these, they are so good.

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  13. tara Says:

    Hi from SA
    I adore jamie olivers cooking and his outlook on food- wish he would come visit Cape Town- I use plenty of his recipes! I am making something similar to the above this evening- sans nuts- but i have added fresh red raspberries and chantilly cream (cream, whipped, with a bit of orange zest and a touch of vanilla and castor sugar) Great Blog!

  14. Grace Says:

    Thank you Tara, sounds delicious!

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  16. Anna Libertas Says:

    I found this recipe through thekitchn and it looks delicious! I am going to have to try it out this weekend

  17. Grace Says:

    Thank you Anna, one of my favourite treats, I’m a big fan of chocolate & hazelnuts, hope you enjoy.

  18. hanna Says:

    hi.loved the recipe.looks so tempted.m sure my son would love this but i think i wanna changed from hazelnut to pecan.i’m a pecan lover or maybe pistachios.nyummy.cant wait to try this recipe.hope it’s turn well

  19. Grace Says:

    Hi Hanna, pecans sound wonderful. I am making some from Christmas, think I may try the pecans and may add some caramel. I think it may taste like Turtles, one of my favourite chocolates to have in the house over the holidays.

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