My love for Martha Stewart’s baking recipes has been well-documented (here, here and some cherry scones circa 2009 that I never got around to photographing), so when my friend asked me to bring a dessert to her going-away dinner party, I looked no further than Ms. Stewart. Healthy and wildly inventive her desserts are not, but what they accomplish — whether it’s a cookie or apple tart — is that image (and taste) of a classic, beautiful sweet. Very traditional Americana bakery.
I went with this chocolate tart that can be made in a pinch since the crust doesn’t require a labor-intensive dough and the ingredients are fairly minimal. It’s gorgeous and decadent, but I have a gripe: I hate, hate, hate peanut butter with chocolate, and somehow the crust, which was made of graham cracker crumbs and butter, tasted straight out of the Jif jar. So if Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups aren’t your thing, I’d stay away. But if you’re like most of the world and can stomach that flavor combo, dig right in.