Brownie Tart for #SundaySupper

Brownie Tart | Magnolia Days

Who is your favorite celebrity chef? Television and cooking shows have certainly given some chefs widespread popularity. Some I could watch anytime and others not so much. I watched The Food Network almost every day after I became a Domestic Goddess. I saw many shows several times over. I learned a lot and was inspired to try new things in the kitchen.

There are a few Food Network chefs that I watched most often. I admit I have not watched any food or cooking shows in a while. Cooking, baking, gardening, and blogging has taken the place of most of my TV watching time. When I did watch it, these were the chefs that stood out to me:

  • Alton Brown – because of his humor and the information he provided.
  • Giada De Laurentiis – because she would include family in her shows and how much I wish I could eat as much chocolate as she supposedly does and be that thin.
  • Paul Deen – because of Southern food and they way she can laugh at herself and make others laugh too. She has a great pound cake recipe I adapted to make an Eggnog Pound Cake.
  • Emeril Lagasse – because his variety of recipes, especially the cajun/creole and Portuguese ones.
  • Ina Garten – because of her love of entertaining, flowers, and gardening.
  • Bobby Flay – because of his recipes for grilling.

Today’s Sunday Supper is about favorite chefs. Picking a favorite is difficult for me. I like many for different reasons. I decided to share one of Ina Garten’s recipes (slightly adapted). I have made this brownie tart on several occasions. It is rich and very chocolate-y. The sauce makes it even more rich and chocolate-y. Serve it with ice cream or whipped cream if you need to cut the chocolate richness with something. Me? I’ll take all that deep chocolate richness all by itself. Mmmm…

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Chocolate Brownie Tart
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For the tart:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoons
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 eggs (large or extra-large), at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
For the sauce:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the tart:
  1. In a bowl set over simmering water, add the butter and 2 cups of the chocolate chips. Stir until the butter and chocolate melts. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch tart pan with removable sides.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla using an electric mixer on medium-high speed about 3 minutes, until lighter in color and well blended. Add the cooled chocolate and beat to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and nuts. Stir to combine ingredients. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the tart pan.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed. The top will crack. Cool the tart completely on a wire rack. Transfer the tart from the pan to a serving plate. Slice and serve with chocolate sauce, ice cream, and/or whipped cream.
For the sauce:
  1. In a small saucepan, add the cream, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from one by Ina Garten on The Food Network website.

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  1. says

    Can´t go wrong with this kind of dessert! Here we make a brownie tart that is a base like this one, a layer of dulce de leche and meringue on top… too much ha? I think the first book by Ina is one of my turning points in the kitchen. She is awesome and this recipe proves it. Happy Sunday Renée!

  2. says

    I love Ina, I don’t watch TV much anymore either, but I still love to check in every once and a while to see what the chefs are making.

    This brownie tart would be a huge hit with my family on Christmas. We are all chocoholics!

  3. says

    I haven’t watched much of the Food Network lately and have been a slave to Top Chef, but that’s all I watch with regard to food shows.

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since you posted your “sneak peek”. I suppose I could use a 9-inch springform or pie pan?

    • says

      Yes, you can use a springform or pie pan. I like the way the edges look with the tart pan but a different pan will not (or should not) change the texture or taste.

  4. says

    I’ve been drooling at this recipe all week my friend!! Yummy! I love your picks and the reasons for them, amazing how each Chef has their own personality and how they come off to little ol’ us :) Giada is one of my favs! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sarah says

    I totally agree with you that I love some of my favorite chef celebrities but change the channel when my lesser favorites come on. I haven’t been able to watch any of my favorite cooking shows lately because blogging has taken up so much of my time. Ina is a classic but a goodie. You can never go wrong with a Ina recipe. Your tart is making me want chocolate like right now.

  6. says

    Totally agree with you on the line-up of chefs who you liked. . and WOW! This brownie tart with the chocolate sauce looks sooooo good! And Giada really doesn’t eat that much chocolate. . there’s no way. . and she probably has a personal trainer too! 😛 J/K . . I LOVE Giada. . but she is way too skinny!!

  7. says

    I love Ina – you couldn’t have picked a better recipe for this week’s Sunday Supper (mostly because I couldn’t live without chocolate so you’re preaching to the choir here). I agree with Alice above – I like Giada but she looks like a bobblehead – way.too.skinny. I watched the last season of The Next Food Network Star and I’d do a double take every time she came on screen. She needs to eat lots of this gorgeous brownie tart!

  8. says

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment.

    I’m ashamed to admit that in my first year of blogging I haven’t made brownies yet. But a brownie tart? Yes please! I love that there’s no cocoa powder in it but chocolate loaded. Adding to my ‘to make & bake’ list.


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