Welcome! (& Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Tart)

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Now, onto dessert! I love fall for so many different reasons: Halloween, pumpkins, cooler crisp weather, leaves changing colors, etc. etc. I usually get anxious early on in the season and go overboard with all the pumpkin recipes–before October hits! (If you don’t know what I’m referring to, take a look back at my archives–there are about 16 thousand pumpkin recipes I posted last year!) So, in an attempt to ‘hold off’, I did a little experimenting with sweet potato and I am glad I did! This tart is a result from random stuff I found in my kitchen: a large sweet potato, extra pie dough in my freezer, 4 oz. of cream cheese (we finished our bagels and still had some left!) and a plain Hershey bar (from our s’mores we were making while at the coast over Labor Day weekend.) Overall, it was a dessert that hit my sweet tooth perfectly. Not too sweet but still decadent enough to get my fill without having to eat the whole thing (although after 24 hours it came pretty close–who says you can’t have a piece for breakfast?) All in all, it was a great dessert for not having a whole lot to work with! Something I seem to be getting better at.

So, let’s celebrate a new beginning at Lauren’s Latest and make something yummy–like this tart perhaps?

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Tart
yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients:
1-8 inch pie crust (enough for the tart pan)
4 oz. softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons brown sugar
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
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2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced to 1/4 inch cubes
1 plain Hershey bar, cut into chunks

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out pie dough to fit into an 8-inch tart pan*. Using a fork, prick small holes into the bottom on the crust. Store in refrigerator until ready to fill.

Preheat butter in large skillet to medium heat. Saute sweet potatoes 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in cinnamon and brown sugar. Cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, whip together cream cheese, brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Carefully spread thin layer of cream cheese mixture over bottom of tart shell (I found a fork worked the best for this). Top with cooked sweet potato. Sprinkle chunks of chocolate over top. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool and serve. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days–if it will last that long.

*If you don’t have a tart pan, you can roll your pie dough out and make this tart in the form of a galette. Roll the dough out to be 8-10 inches. Place on baking sheet. Top the pie crust with fillings just as the directions say, except being sure to leave a 1-2 inch border. Fold the crust up over the fillings to create the galette and bake.

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3 Responses to “Welcome! (& Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Tart)”

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    Barbara Bakes — September 21, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Sounds like a perfect tart for fall.

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    Amanda — September 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    How fun is that? I wonder if that would work with butternut squash? Hmmmm.

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