21 April, 2011

Need a chocolate treat, as usual

Chocolate pie
I should stop... I should stop... no, she should stop... waking me up early when I could stay in bed until noon. And me? Yes I should stop making chocolate treats on days like this.
She did it again, my daughter, the little one (who's about to turn four, by the way). She so stubborn, and when she wakes up in the morning there's no force that can hold her quiet and still. She's not asking, she's demanding for her breakfast to be served immediately. Else, she'll continue calling me, crying and screaming. And after one request is satisfied she'll find another one, and one more, just in case I decided to go back to bed. But she's the sweetest little puppy at the same time. And since I can't win, I need to find the best way to stay awake for the rest of the day.
Officially, both kids are home for Easter holidays, which means long days without rest.
And my consolation is as usually baking something scrumptious, possibly with chocolate.
And this pie or crostata, whatever, was a hit.
The dough is wonderfully soft and crunchy at the same time, with that creamy and soft chocolate filling.
Mmmmmmmmmmm, sweet dreams... I may even be motivated to get up early tomorrow.

Chocolate pie
Chocolate pie

for the dough:
* 250 g flour
* 150 g sugar
* 150 g butter
* 1 egg
* 1 egg yolk
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 lemon (organic)
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  Chocolate filling:
* 130 g dark chocolate (55% cocoa)
* 100 g sugar
* 1 egg
* 50 ml heavy cream
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Take the butter out of the fridge half an hour before you start preparing the dough. Chop it and let it soften at room temperature.
Sift together the flour and the baking powder, and then mix it with the sugar and the finely grated lemon zest.
Rub in the butter to get coarse crumbs.
Lightly whisk the whole egg with the egg yolk and the vanilla extract, add them to the flour and butter mixture and quickly bring everything together to form a soft, smooth dough.
Wrap it in a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
In the meantime prepare the filling. Chop and melt the chocolate in the microwave oven or in a double boiler. Let it cool.
Using a hand mixer, beat the egg with the sugar until foamy. Add the heavy cream and the vanilla extract.
Add the cooled melted chocolate and stir well.
Take the dough out of the fridge, and roll out about 2/3. Press it into a 24-26 cm round pie or crostata dish covering the bottom and the sides.
Pour in the chocolate cream and level with a spoon.



Roll out the remaining 1/3 of the dough and cut it into stripes. Use them to create a grid over the chocolate filling.
Bake the pie in the oven preheated to 160-170°C for about 30 minutes or until golden.

Let it cool completely before cutting it (I couldn't :)))
You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar before serving.



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Crostata al cioccolato


per la pasta:
* 250 g di farina "00"
* 150 g di zucchero
* 150 g di burro
* 1 uovo
* 1 tuorlo
* 1 limone non trattato
* 1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci
* 1 cucchiaino di estratto di vaniglia


per la crema al cioccolato:
*130  g di cioccolato fondente (55% di cacao)
* 100 g di zucchero
*  1 uovo
* 50 ml di panna fresca
* 1 cucchiaino di estratto di vaniglia


Togliete il burro dal frigo mezz'ora prima, tagliatelo a cubetti e lasciatelo ammorbidire un po'.
Setacciate la farina con il lievito e mescolatela allo zucchero e la scorza grattugiata di limone.
Aggiungete il burro e strofinate con le punte delle dita per ottenere delle briciole piuttosto grossolane.
Sbattete leggermente l'uovo intero con il tuorlo e l'estratto di vaniglia e impastate il tutto per creare una pasta liscia e morbida.
Avvolgetela nella pellicola e lasciate riposare in frigo per almeno 30 minuti.
Nel frattempo preparate la crema. Spezzettate il cioccolato e fatelo sciogliere a bagnomaria o nel forno a microonde e lasciatelo intiepidire.
Montate l'uovo con lo zucchero fino a ottenere un composto spumoso e soffice. Unite la panna e l'estratto di vaniglia. Unite il cioccolato alla crema e mescolate fino a ottenere un composto omogeneo.
Stendete 2/3 della pasta in una sfoglia non troppo sottile e foderate uno stampo da crostata di 24-26 cm di diametro.
Versatevi la crema.
Stendete il resto della pasta e ricavate delle strisce con le quali create la griglia sopra la crema di cioccolato.
Cuocete la torta nel forno già caldo a 160-170°C
Lasciatela raffreddare prima di tagliarla, e servite, a piacere, spolverata con zucchero a velo.


Chocolate pie
Čokoladna pita


za tijesto:
* 250 g brašna
* 150 g šećera
* 150 g maslaca
* 1 jaje
* 1 žumanjak
* 1 neprskani limun
* 1 žličica praška za pecivo
* 1 žličica ekstrakta vanilije


za čokoladnu kremu:
* 130 g tamne čokolade (55% kakaa)
* 100 g šećera
* 1 jaje
* 50 ml svježeg slatkog vrhnja
* 1 žličica ekstrakta vanilije


Izvadite maslac iz hladnjaka barem 1/2 sata ranije, narežite ga na kockice i ostavite da malo odmekne.
Prosijte brašno s praškom za pecivo i pomiješajte zatim sa šećerom i sitno naribanom koricom limuna.
Dodajte maslac i trljajte vršcima prstiju da dobijete krupnije mrvice.
Razmutite malo vilicom jaje sa žumanjkom i ekstraktom vanilije. Dodajte smjesi od brašna i maslaca i brzo zamijesite glatko i mekano tijesto. Omotajte ga prozirnom folijom i ostavite u hladnjaku najmanje 30 minuta.
U međuvremenu pripremite kremu. Nakidajte čokoladu i otopite je na pari ili u mikrovalnoj. Ostavite je da se prohladi.
Umutite mikserom pjenasto jaje sa šećerom. Dodajte vrhnje i ekstrakt vanilije, a zatim i ohlađenu čokoladu. Izmiješajte dobro da dobijete ujednačenu smjesu.
Razvaljajte ne previše tanko 2/3 tijesta i obložite njime kalup promjera 24-26 cm.
Ulijte kremu na tijesto.
Razvaljajte preostalo tijesto i izrežite ga na trake od kojih složite mrežu preko kreme.
Pecite pitu u pećnici zagrijanoj na 160-170°C oko 30 minuta.
Ostavite je da se ohladi i po želji pospite šećerom u prahu prije posluživanja.

Chocolate pie

26 comments:

  1. Lovely pie! And chocolate is my weakness too.

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  2. aaaa predivna je, volim kad mi dođu ti "čokoladni" trenuci :))

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  3. That pie looks irresistible. Nothing beats chocolate.

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  4. I ALWAYS need a chocolate treat :D! Avrei voluto svegliarmi anch'io stamani con la prospettiva di una crostata golosa ad attendermi a colazione! Un bacione bella, tanti tanti auguri di buona Pasqua a te e famiglia

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  5. 22 aprile (oggi)
    Earth Day
    41 Festa della Terra
    Se vuoi celebralo, vai in www.cucinaamoremio.com prendi il logo ed esponilo.
    Grazie.
    Dann/www.cucinaamoremio.com

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  6. Sarei incentivata anche io ad alzarmi prima!!! ;)
    Baci alle cucciole... oltre che a te!

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  7. Jako privlačno izgleda ova pita, a ja obožavam čokoladu u svakom obliku i ovim bi me mogla nagovoriti na sve. :)

    Nadam se da će ti uskršnji praznici proći u miru i sreći i da ćeš se uspjeti bar malo naspavati. :)

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  8. Divna pita ! Ne znam da li bi je mogla stati praviti ali znam da je ne bih mogla stati jesti :). Odlična !!

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  9. Chocolate is a flavor that can be found in almost any food and in many drinks. These chocolate cocktails are treats for your taste buds with some being more ...
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    kenneth


    CHOCOLATES

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  10. Mmmm, jako dobro, pogotovo uz jagodice! Pravo osvježenje :)

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  11. Pa jos i jagode.Ne mođe se odoleti.Draga Gajana, tebi i tvojima đelim Sretan Uskrs!!!

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  12. Uh kako mami ova pita, apsolutno savršena

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  13. Le crostate al cioccolato riuscirebbero a far stare tranquilli anche i piu' piccoli scatenati...sono un pezzetto di paradiso in terra ^__^
    Questa crostata e' una vera meraviglia in tutti i sensi. Potrei portarla qua in ufficio per vedere se riesco finalmente a zittire tutti i colleghi ;)

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  14. Dajana, prekrasna pita!! Iskreno, vrištala bi ti i ja samo da se digneš i napraviš mi ovu divotu! Savršen spoj čokolade i tijesta (pita ili tart, svejedno-bitno da je čokolada!) :)
    Slike su ti prekrasne :)

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  15. Hi, Dajana! What a great blog you have! Interesting recipes, beautiful pictures!
    I was looking for the recipe for the cake I saw in your photostream on Flickr here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46617371@N05/5284899471/in/photostream/.
    But I couldn't find it. Could you post the recipe. please? Thanks!

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  16. *anonymous, thanks for showing interest for that recipe, I completely forgot about it. I'll try to post the recipe here soon, after the Easter holidays

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  17. Dajana, Thank a lot!

    By the way, link for the Apple Cake goes to the Chocolate Zucchini Bread and
    link for the Apple Cranberries and Ricotta Strudel goes to the Sour Cream Cherry Strudel recipe.

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  18. Beautiful chocolate pie! Enjoy your holidays! - Cares

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  19. This sounds just heavenly!

    I hope you'll stop by and share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/21/quick-no-rise-chocolate-cinnamon-rolls/

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  20. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Your luscious pie made the hit list for last week's Sweets for a Saturday and will be featured on tomorrow's Sweets post. Congrats!!!

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  22. Dajana- This recipe sounds wonderful and your pictures are gorgeous! I am going to be featuring it this Wednesday on my recipes spotlight. Have a great weekend!
    Katie

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  23. Hello! I have a linky party going on at my blog called A Themed Baker's Sunday and this weeks theme is Chocolate! I'd love for you to join!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-3.html
    Alyssa

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  24. Congrats!!! You were in the top six for last weeks linky party. Hope to see you at this weeks linky party where the theme is Bread!!

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  25. P.S. Made your pie tonight and it was delicious!!!!

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