Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It’s then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It’s the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. 

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Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

Speaking of fabulous, I’ve team up with a small group of bloggers to bring you a delicious parade of Valentines Day inspired treats that are sure to get you some extra love on you this Valentines Day.  And since I want to make sure that you have plenty of time to take a look at each & every one of these sexy little numbers, I’m going to skip the Valentines Day story I had for you and save it for another time.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

For the virtual Valentines Day shin dig, I made you this Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles.   It is wickedly chocolatey and oh-so- dreamy and is guaranteed to get you a few extra kisses on “V” day.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

I know it may look complicated, but I can assure you that this Chocolate Tart is super simple to make.

First up is the buttery, chocolatey crust.  It’s such a breeze because it doesn’t require any chilling or rolling.  Simply whiz it all together in a mixer, then press it into a tart pan.  And depending on how thick you make your crust, you may even have a little extra dough left that you can use to decorate your tart with.  Personally I think it would be cute to adorn the tart with little, chocolate heart shaped cut outs.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

The chocolate tart shell is then filled with a super creamy, silky chocolate ganache.

But since it is Valentines Day, I couldn’t stop there, now could I?  And besides, what’s Valentines Day without a little bubbly action?  So I snuck in some extra romance by adding champagne & a splash of cognac to this super scrumptious Chocolate Tart.  It really does accentuate the ganache well, giving it a soft boozy kick.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.
Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.
Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.
Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

To give this sinfully rich Chocolate Tart a little touch of playful whimsy,  I topped it with the cutest little champagne glass sugar cookies that I decorated with a soft yellow sanding sugar.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

I used some milk chocolate and strawberries & cream truffles to give the appearance that bubbles are floating out of the champagne glasses and into the Chocolate Tart.  You can do this, or decorate in just about any pattern your heart desires.  I think it would also be pretty spectacular to fill the entire tart up with truffles.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.
Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

Well, that’s my contribution to the Virtual Valentines Day Party.

You can find all of the participating recipes below.  You won’t want to miss any of these tasty beauties.  You can also follow along on social media with the hashtag #vdaysweettreats.

Happy Valentines Day!

 

XOXO – Lynn

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Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.
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Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles
A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
BUILDING BLOCKS
For the Chocolate Tart Crust:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
For the Chocolate Champagne Ganache:
  • 9 tbsp unsalted butter, grated
  • 2/3 cup champagne or sparkling wine
  • 2 tbsp cognac
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, 61% cocoa, finely chopped
  • 8-10 chocolate truffles
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, for drizzle (optional)
  • 1-2 pinches Maldon sea salt (optional)
THE COURSE
  1. For the Chocolate Tart Crust:

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, confectioners sugar & cocoa on medium until it is smooth & creamy.  

  4. Scrape down the bowl & paddle attachment & beat in the egg yolk & vanilla until blended. 

  5. Scrape down the bowl & paddle attachment & add the flour.  Beat on low until just combined.

  6. Place a little less than half of the dough on the bottom of a 14 x 4 inch fluted tart pan & press it into the bottom of the pan. If desired, use a flat bottomed glass to smooth out the bottom crust.  

  7. Take a little bit of dough at a time & firmly press it into the sides of the pan.

  8. Repeat until the entire pan is covered.  Note:  You may have a small amount of dough left.  You can pat this together, refrigerate for about an hour, roll, & cut into your desired you.  

  9. Line the inside of the tart with aluminum foil & fill it with dried beans, rice or pie weights.  

  10. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the weights & the foil.

  11. Continue to bake until the crust is set.  It should no longer feel wet to the touch.

  12. Transfer to a wire rack & allow to cool.

For the Chocolate Champagne Ganache:
  1. Using a cheese grater, grate the butter.  This will make it easier to incorporate into the ganache.  

  2. In a small bowl, combine the champagne, cognac & vanilla. Set aside.  

  3. Pour 3 tablespoons cold water into a small bowl & sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the surface.  Let it sit for 10 minutes until the gelatin softens.  

  4. Meanwhile, place chocolate (milk & bittersweet) in a heatproof bowl.

  5. Place the bowl on a pot of barely simmering water.  Note:  You don't want the bottom of the bowl to touch the water.

  6. Use a rubber spatula & gentle stir the chocolate until it is smooth & fully melted.  

  7. Add the cream & corn syrup to the softened gelatin & whisk together.  

  8. Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture in one direction, concentrating on the center, until the ganache is smooth and glistening.  Note:  the ganache will be fairly elastic at this point.  It will loosen up once the champagne is added.  

  9. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle the champagne mixture into the ganache.  Since the ganache will separate if you add the champagne too quickly, it is best to add in one tablespoon at a time. 

  10. Once the champagne is completely incorporated into the ganache, add half the grated butter & whisk until it is completely melted, about 1 minute. 

  11. Add the remaining butter & whisk until it is fully melted.  If the chocolate has cooled down & the butter is not completely melting, place the bowl back onto the simmering water & still until melted.

  12. Pour the chocolate into the tart shell.  Note:  Depending on how thick your shell is you may have some leftover ganache.  

  13. Use a wooden skewer to pop any bubbles.

  14. Arrange chocolate truffles in the desired pattern.

  15. Allow the chocolate ganache to set.

  16. Top with cookie cut outs (optional)

  17. Drizzle with chocolate & sprinkle Maldon sea salt flakes on the ganache.  

Recipe Notes

I used THIS sugar cookie recipe to make the sugar cookie champagne glasses.

I used THIS recipe for the royal icing used to decorate the sugar cookie.  Note:  This will make more than you need for the cookies;  however, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use for future projects.  

 

Champagne Ganache recipe from Food52.

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

61 thoughts on “Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles

  • February 2, 2017 at 7:27 am
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    This chocolate tart is gorgeous! I love the sugar cookies on top. So creative. I’m so happy to be participating in this virtual Valentine’s Day with you. Cheers!

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:19 am
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      Awww thank you Karen. The sugar cookies were amazing. So soft and tender and I just so happened to flavor them with maple extract since I was out of almond extract. So good.

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  • February 2, 2017 at 7:34 am
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    This is brilliant! So inventive I saw these cookies on instagram, and wondered how you were going to use them! Such a lovely tart. xx

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:21 am
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      Aren’t the cookies great? I purchased the champagne glass cutters last year to use for a New Years pie. . .but ran out of time and never used it. But. . . I thought it would be perfect for Valentines Day. One of these days I’ll get around to that pie. 😉

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  • February 2, 2017 at 7:54 am
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    What an absolutely decadent tart Lynn! It’s just gorgeous too. I love the addition of the champagne and cognac! And the champagne sugar cookies on top are totally adorable! This is definitely a dessert any Valentine would be swooning over!

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:23 am
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      The champagne and cognac really do take the cake to next level Mary Ann. I bet it would also taste lovely on cakes. Hmmm. . .maybe I should add that to my baking list. . .a red wine cake frosted with cognac and champagne ganache. . .now that sounds decadent.

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  • February 2, 2017 at 7:58 am
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    I have to try this! This looks amazing! I bet that chocolate crust on its own would be delicious. And that touch of cognac in the ganache? Just makes it extra special! Pinning! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:25 am
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      The Chocolate crust is so delicious Dawn. . .so delicate and flakey. It would taste great filled with just about anything. . .and you are right. . .I could scarf it down alone. Ooops!

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  • February 2, 2017 at 8:25 am
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    whoa Lynn! Not only decadent and seriously delicious, but so fun and totally original too. love those champagne flute cookies…but those bubbles?! i’m in love! you’ve got some serious baking chops girl!

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:27 am
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      Ha! Ha! Well thanks Cathy. . .I’m working on those baking chops. I still have a long ways to go but I love dreaming up all kinds of unique treats and seeing them come to life. Some times they come out as I see them in my head. . .sometimes not so much. This beauty definitely came out the way I had dreamed it up.

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  • February 2, 2017 at 8:46 am
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    Yes Yes YESSSS! It’s a done deal, we are Valentines. 😉 This tart is just BEYOND, Lynn! I mean, a buttery chocolate crust, champagne, cognac and ganache?! PLUS sugar cookies?!?!?!? I can’t even. I NEED THIS. Immediately. Pinned, obviously. 😉 Cheers, girlfriend!

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:29 am
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      Awesome Cheyanne. I can’t wait to get my 5 dozen roses. Oh. . .and I’ll bring the tart if you bring your red velvet molten cake, that dip and all those other fantastic dishes you are constantly creating in your kitchen. Now that would be one tasty Valentines day, don’t you think?

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  • February 2, 2017 at 9:29 am
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    Your tart is gorgeous, Lynn!! The champaign flutes and bubbles is such a fun touch! I love chocolate so much and this tart… oh my. I love how you’ve included both dark and milk chocolate in the ganache as well as champagne and cognac?! HELLO boozy! Looking forward to that story at some point my dear! 😉

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:32 am
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      It definitely is a booze lovers delight Traci. And I must say that I love how much the cognac compliments the chocolate. As for the champagne flutes. ..aren’t they the cutest? They gave me a bit of a problem in the beginning with those thin stems and all but once I switched to a firmer cookie dough. . .it was smooth sailing from there. Of course. . .you know I need to sneak truffles in at every opportunity I can. 😉

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  • February 2, 2017 at 9:45 am
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    I keep looking at your photos Lynn! Just gorgeous 🙂 I just want to dive into that ganache! Your recipes are so lovely and creative, I do hope to have a go at this one someday…

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    • February 4, 2017 at 9:05 am
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      Oh. . .I highly recommend you dive into that ganache Tamara. It is that fabulous. 😉

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  • February 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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    Adorable! And I’m actually convinced I might be able to pull off that crust. You make it look so easy, and delicious. Cheers!

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    • February 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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      You so can pull off this crust April. No rolling, no chilling. . .just press and bake. It doesn’t get any easier than that. 😉

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  • February 3, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    You’re amazing. That is all! ❤

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  • February 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    I just love the design and the photography of your Champagne truffles! Now this will be great for Valentine’s day. Thanks for sharing Lynn!

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    • February 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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      Thanks Fred. You can never go wrong with chocolate & champagne for Valentines Day.

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  • February 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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    That is such a BEAUTIFUL tart. Perfect for so many special occasions. A chocolate lover’s dream come true. I think it would make the perfect gift.

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    • February 4, 2017 at 9:43 am
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      I think you are on to something Gloria. Chocolate Champagne tarts for everyone!!! 😉

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  • February 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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    I am completely gushing. Love your creativity with bringing to life the visual of champagne cookies and the tart. This is an absolute stunner! My girlfriends and I have a 5th foodgroup that fits all things good-for-the-soul. This is going into that category where it needs to made and celebrated by all!

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  • February 4, 2017 at 2:29 am
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    It’s absolutely gorgeous and I love the champagne glasses on top as well! Whoever gets this made for them on Valentine’s Day is very lucky indeed!

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  • February 4, 2017 at 3:49 am
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    What an amazing idea! and refined with the Champagne and truffles it’s simply dreamy! Perfect for San Valentine’s Day!

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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      Glad you like it. I think it would also be a fun little treat for New Year’s, Anniversaries, Academy Award viewing parties, or any time you want to impress guests with a chocolate-y treat.

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  • February 4, 2017 at 7:18 am
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    Oh My! beautiful in all respects. I love how to have the campaign glasses on top as part of the decoration and the photographs are beautiful and the tart looks delish. Truffles are a favourite of mine and lovely to see them added into the tart.

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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      I’m with you. . .I can never get enough truffles so I find myself trying to sneak them in wherever I can.

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    • February 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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      Why thank you Luci. I was really happy with the way the champagne glasses turned out. They are a dessert in their own right.

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  • February 4, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    Oh my goodness – it’s simply beautiful! So super creative and festive! Gorgeous photos too! Wow, just wow!

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  • February 4, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    I have been on a sparkling wine KICK for quite some time now, and this is screaming my name! Yum! Definitely making this, can’t wait!

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  • February 4, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    I have a feeling you’re going to have more Valentine’s than you’ll know what to do with! I happily accept your invitation! I can be to Boston in about 5 hours so I’ll be ready for your magnificent offering! Just stunning, my friend!

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  • February 4, 2017 at 11:51 am
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    Wow! What a gorgeous Valentine’s dessert, anyone who receives such a beautiful tart would have to feel uber-loved! Everything about this chocolate tart is so pretty, from the champagne truffles to the sugar cookie champagne glasses, well done! And beautiful photography to top it all off, thanks for a great recipe!

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    • February 5, 2017 at 11:48 am
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      Awww. . .thanks so much. I’m glad you liked it. It always feels good when something turns out the way you saw it in your head. 👌🏻

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  • February 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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    Oh me oh my this is soooo beautiful! Recipe, writing and photos – oh my, I am swooning at the images of you pouring that chocolatey goodness into the pastry case. What a fun and elegant dessert fro Valentine’s Day!

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    • February 5, 2017 at 11:49 am
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      That is one of my favorite photos as well Jo. . .but then again I always had a thing for action shots. 😉

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  • February 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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    This tart is so fun and gorgeous!! You are so creative, Lynn. I always look forward to your next creation!! xO

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  • February 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm
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    This is such a wonderful tart! It sounds absolutely delicious and it is quite simply gorgeous. Love the photographs, and pretty much everything about it. I pinned it earlier this week and I can’t wait to give it a try.

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    • February 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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      Awww thanks April. I’m glad you liked it and hope that you have the chance to give it a try one day. It really is a tasty one. . .especially if you are a chocolate lover.

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  • February 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm
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    This sounds decadent and delightful! I love anything with champagne!

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    • February 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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      I know, right? Champagne has the magic to make just about anything seem all the more special.

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  • February 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm
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    OMG. Champagne and truffles in a tart? ABSOLUTE GENIUS idea! Love the little champagne cookies as an added touch. Definitely something I’d make for my wife if i could get the kids out of the house *wink*

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  • February 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm
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    This is definitely going on my Valentine’s Day menu! The husband and I take turns making Valentine’s Day dinner for each other every year instead of going out to eat. My turn this year!

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