And we’re off

Oh Sweet Melissa, how I’ve missed your presence in my kitchen during these cold and snowy weeks. It feels like forever since we last danced, don’t ever leave me again. Deal? Deal!

Our first recipe of 2010 is an exciting one, a creative opportunity even. Donna of L’Amour de Tarte chose the chocolate pie crust but the filling was to be left up to us. Decisions decisions. Dozens of combination’s flooded my mind, peanut butter, lemon curd, toffee, even a chocolate version of the English classic bakewell tart. The possibilities were endless. Eventually I settled upon one filling, something that marries perfectly with chocolate and one of my very favorite combination’s, chocolate, cherry and cream tart.

Like most other Melissa bakers I found the crust quite a disappointment. It was difficult to work with, cracking at every given opportunity and had quite a bland taste despite me subbing the shortening for an all butter version. Oh well, the search for a delicious chocolate crust continues and for now I’ll stick to crushed oreos ­čÖé

Check out the other SMS girls to see how they decided to fill their pies.


  1. Jaime
    January 10, 2010 / 8:55 pm

    it's beautiful!

  2. Tracey
    January 10, 2010 / 9:22 pm

    I couldn't agree more Katie. Mine cracked a ton and then was really bland after it baked. Great photo!

  3. Chele
    January 10, 2010 / 9:24 pm

    Such a shame the taste and effort doesn't live up to its beauty (I hate it when that happens)!!! Your tart looks just amazing Katie ;0)

  4. Linda
    January 10, 2010 / 9:51 pm

    Beautiful presentation. I just found your blog…vry nice…amd it is also nice to meet you!

  5. Nina
    January 10, 2010 / 10:14 pm

    It looks beautiful even if it doesn't taste that way!

  6. Flourchild
    January 10, 2010 / 10:38 pm

    Your tart is beautiful! I am bummed the crust was flavorless too. I so agree with you on sticking with the Oreo crust!

  7. lakegirl
    January 10, 2010 / 11:39 pm

    Your tart is so beautiful! Who would ever know the crust was so blah!I love the photo. You are always SO creative!

  8. Ingrid
    January 10, 2010 / 11:47 pm

    BUmmer about the tart crust.Happy New Year!~ingrid

  9. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 / 11:50 pm

    I love your choice of fiillings. Chocolate and cherry always work.

  10. Jacqueline
    January 11, 2010 / 12:40 am

    Mmmmmm, it was definitely worth the effort. Yum!

  11. Sook
    January 11, 2010 / 1:28 am

    I'm sorry the crust didn't turn out the way you wanted to but it sure looks beautiful!

  12. k.a.r.e.n
    January 11, 2010 / 1:28 am

    I hated making the crust too! Your pie looks divine!

  13. Stephanie
    January 11, 2010 / 1:39 am

    look so pretty! sorry you didn't love it. just means you have an excuse to bake more until you find THE pie crust!!! ­čÖé PS – is that a giant cup your pie is sitting on or is your pie itty bitty?

  14. spike.
    January 11, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    I guess I'm the odd one out because I liked the crust! The combination sounds good thought and looks so adorable!

  15. Eliana
    January 11, 2010 / 8:46 pm

    your tart looks gorgeous. sorry the crust was a bit of a disappointment.

  16. Natashya KitchenPuppies
    January 12, 2010 / 1:21 pm

    So pretty! Sorry the crust didn't deliver.

  17. Susan
    January 13, 2010 / 1:04 am

    Looks so pretty sitting on the teacup! Sorry the crust disappointed.

  18. Coleen's Recipes
    January 15, 2010 / 5:28 am

    Isn't it curious how some recipes LOOK fantastic but taste "blah" and some recipes LOOK like a train wreck but are delicious!! Very nice photograph.

  19. Katie
    January 15, 2010 / 8:40 pm

    Looks so elegant. I love the combination of chocolate and cherries. BTW, I have given you an award. please visit my blog for details

  20. TeaLady
    January 15, 2010 / 10:51 pm

    LOVE the teacup presentation. Very creative. And the tarte looks delicious.Sorry it wsn't the taste you were looking for.

  21. Mermaid Sweets
    January 18, 2010 / 12:56 am

    Beautiful presentation, sorry the crust was a bust.

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