We aquired this week's recipe a little by accident and I have to say, I'm very glad we did! The Small City Team away day last week saw us booked into the amazing East Haugh House Hotel and this gorgeous chocolate tart was their special dessert of the day.
i shoudl say now that all of the food we enjoyed that night was absolutely outstanding but sweet girls that we are (ahem!) we were drawn to this pudding like bees to a honeypot. We ordered two of these plus anotehr two desserts and a cheese board and decided the best way to obatin the recipe was to feature it right here in Gill's weekly column... devious thinking even after two bottles of wine.
Gill popped out to grab her old camera from the boot of her car (she was meant to be on day off) and Rhona transformed into glamorous if slightly tipsy assistant and held a side lamp over the dish. Professional improvisation and team work at it's best! Nicki, Anna and I just tucked in.
Thanks hugely then to Steven Fleetham, their super talented pastry chef for allowing us to share his wonderful recipe. The tart really is heaven on a plate and we hope you'll love it just as much as we did!
PS Nicki is writing the main review but I just had to say WOW! The rooms at East Haugh were gorgeous with 4 posters beds and jacuzzi baths. It was the perfect remedy for our cold feet and aching limbs after a day on the river with Nae Limits!
I'm not really one of those girls who does teh whole 'chocoholic' thing but I do LOVE a wee square of great quality, dark chocolate. That bitter flavour that you get from a high percentage of cocoa is one of my favourite tastes and when you throw sea salt into the mix I'm sold!
It has been proven time and again that quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is actually nutritious. It contains a good amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals. I can't lie, the sugar that usually goes hand in hand with this isn't so great but as they say, everything in moderation!
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