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Forrest Gump Tart

November 9, 2010 7 Comments

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get”.

You would recognise this line as the famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump, and when I take a moment to think about it, it is a pretty good analogy of life. Who really knows what is around any given corner? So I suppose we need to go through life with a level of humor and flexibility.

We live in a world of duality, so it’s safe to assume that in life we fall into 1 of 2 buckets… the first I call, the Eternal Optimist, on one end of the scale, those who believe that everything happens for a reason, so they walk through life with faith, trust and good will.

On the other end of the scale there are the Eternal Pessimist who, when they hear a line like that think that a box of chocolates is nothing but a bad joke. A thoughtless gift that someone gave you who didn’t care enough to think of something meaningful to get you for your birthday.

So I ask you dear reader, is this a case of the glass being half full or half empty?

However, before I get lots of emails reminding me that I am not Freud or Jung I do believe that life is not that clear cut and perhaps we all sway back and forth from being the Optimist to the Pessimist and live somewhere along that continuum, making us all individuals.

So while we sit and celebrate our individuality, while we sway between faith and skepticism, lets enjoy a piece of this CHOCAHOLICS delight… aptly named the Forrest Gump Tart.


  • 250g frozen chocolate shortcrust partry (thawed)
  • 200ml thickend cream
  • 300g good quality dark chocolates (I used Lindt), chopped
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Cocoa powder to dust
  • Assorted Chocolates

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Grease a 35cm x 12cm rectangular loose-bottomed tart pan.
  • Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until slightly larger than the tart pan.
  • Line the pan with pastry, prick base with fork, then chill for 15 mins.
  • Blind bake tart for 15 mins then remove paper with weights and cook for a further 5 mins or until the pastry looks dry. Cool.
  • Meanwhile, place the cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat and brigning to just below boiling point. Add the chocolate and stir until just melted, then remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Add egg yolks and stir until smooth.
  • Pour into tart case, then chill in the fridge for 3 hours or until set.
  • Transfer tart to a serving platter, dust with cocoa, then gently press the chocolates into the filling.
  • Slice and serve.

Buon Appetito.

Adapted from the Valli Little recipe featured in Delicious magazine.

Baking, Thoughts
  • http://www.myrestaurantsmelbourne.com My Restaurants Melbourne

    That tart looks like sugar over load!! But who can ever have to much chocolate anyway?

  • Foodie Goddess

    Exactly. Chocolate is practically a food group!! :) AND its LOW GI (apparently) so how bad can it really be??? hehehe

  • http://thehospitalityguru.com.au Anna Johnston

    It pretty much checks all my boxes, & a girl can never have too much chocolate, nice one!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Anna, Well said. They are just like diamonds! hehehe

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I remember seeing this in Valli’s Quick Smart Cook and thinking that the name was just genius to describe it! :D

  • Betty

    i LOVE forrest gump and the tart looks amazing :O)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Betty. Maybe one day I should make the tart and eat it while watching the movie :) hehe

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