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Chocolate Cream Icebox Tart

Ok February, can we talk?

We're confused. You're sending us mixed signals. We don't know what to expect from you anymore. You're hot, you're cold, you're windy (like REALLY windy). Oh right, and then you snowed.

So now we feel silly. We totally read the signals wrong. Like all wrong. We got caught up in the moment. We let the sunshine and that 65 degree day (sidebar, can we get some more of those?) go to our heads.

And we made tart.

Icebox tart.

Gah how could we have been so foolish!?

Friday night we whipped up this chocolate creation in a fit of spring fever. We were giddy. We were laughing.

We had the windows open! OPEN!

And then? Then, you gave us Saturday.

Oh February...really? We mean...really!?

Fine, you can be cold. But the 50 mile per hour winds? Were those totally necessary? Don't you think that was a touch dramatic?

And now, with the snow? Fine. We get it. You're cold. And perhaps more suited to gooey chocolate cakes and piping hot brownies than chilled icebox tarts.

But you know what? We. Don't. Care.

Because seriously, this tart? It's a dream. It warms us from the inside with it's deliciousness. Yeah, you heard us. We are so over you February. We're making another icebox tart right this moment. And we're giving it to March.

Chocolate Cream Icebox Tart
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

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For Crust:
1 9 ounce package chocolate wafers (we used Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar

For Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoon Chocolate Malt Ovaltine
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces milk chocolate
2 teaspoon whisky
1 teaspoon vanilla

For Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar

In a food processor, pulse the wafers until they are powdered. Add wafer crumbs to a bowl and mix in the sugar and melted butter and mix.

Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch round tart pan (or a pie pan). Place crust in the freezer.

While the crust is chilling, make the filling. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar, Ovaltine, cornstarch and salt. Add the egg yolks and continue to whisk. Slowly add in the milk and cream. Whisk mixture constantly until it thickens to a pudding consistency (6-9 minutes). Off the heat, add in the chocolate, whisky and vanilla and whisk until mixture has cooled slightly.

Let filling cool for 30 minutes. Pour filling into chilled crust and place in the fridge. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream (recipe below).

For the whipped cream, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix heavy cream, vanilla extract and cup sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream and serve.

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Reader Comments (9)

I am so glad you got caught up in the warm day and made this tart because it looks delicious! I'd eat it in the cold happily:-) I do however want that warm day back again!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Oh, yes please!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

Yes, what is up with February!? We were excited over here to have two 50 degree weather days in a row. And now we have fresh 10 inches of snow on the ground. Really?

Love this tart. Definitely makes me dream of summer!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

looks delish! any icecream dessert is a-okay by me :)

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Yum. I love those cookie crusts!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

Gorgeous tart, for any month!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina | Salt

love this post (and hate february too!!) have never before made an icebox have to change that. i did just make cinnamon rolls for the first time this weekend and they were deliciouss

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

I kind of loved those two days of fake spring, and I would have adored this tart in those two days... but I will file this one away for someday when it warms up again (please let that be soon!) It looks wonderful! I am a huge fan of malt powder.

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

looks really good, we had 77 degree weather yesterday which is crazy for us this time of year. I'm not complaining but it did give me Spring fever.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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