Fresh Blueberry Chocolate Mousse Tart…and a GIVEaway!

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So, in addition to eating vegan summer nicoise on my birthday, I also ate this lovely fresh blueberry tart! C’mon, you didn’t think I’d go without making a birthday dessert, did you? Last year, I paid homage to my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, and this year I planned to make a peanut butter-chocolate tart, but I had a bunch of blueberries to use. So I put the PB tart on hold.

But, I wanted chocolate!!! And then thought… blueberries and chocolate are a great pair (why should strawberries and cherries and oranges have all of the fun???)! Along with some candied ginger and leftover sugar cookie dough, this “clean the fridge” tart ended up being a lovely and elegant birthday tart! Not bad for fridge-cleanin’!  It’s definitely more labor intensive than I usually roll, but it’s worth it, especially for some celebratory occasion… and speaking of celebratory…

I wanted to include you all in my blogiversary celebration by continuing my tradition of hosting a giveaway as a small token of gratitude for following me! This year, I’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!

This way, you can get exactly what you’d like. The entry is simple: leave a comment letting me know your favorite birthday treat. For additional entries, become a Como Water fan on Facebook and follow Como Water on Twitter. Leave a comment for each entry, and I’ll choose a winner at random on Saturday. Good luck and happy Wednesday!!!

Blueberry Chocolate Mousse Tart

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

Sugar Cookie Crust:

3 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Earth Balance (or butter/margarine)–softened

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg beaten

1 tablespoon milk

Chocolate Mousse:

1 package silken tofu

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup melted chocolate chips (or Nutella)

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/3 cup sugar

Yummy Toppings:

1 heaping tablespoon uncrystallized candied ginger–finely chopped

3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

~ 1 1/2 pints fresh blueberries–washed and dried

2 teaspoons blackberry (or preferred) preserves–melted

Garnish with coconut cream, whipped cream, fresh blueberries, fresh mint, and/or dusted chocolate.

Method:

*Make the sugar cookie dough: Cream softened Earth Balance with the white sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Add vanilla extract, milk, and beaten egg. Mix completely. Mix in flour, salt, and baking powder. Divide the mixture into two batches. You will only use one half of the dough for the tart. Reserve the rest of the dough for some cookies on a rainy day :D. Press one half of the dough into a 11 1/2-inch tart pan. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until golden brown in a 350 degree F pre-heated oven. Once fully baked, press down with a fork to ensure a fillable crust. Set aside.

*Chop candied ginger. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate (I used the microwave; 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment, for a total of ~ 1 min.). Spread the chocolate onto the bottom of the baked tart shell. Add the candied ginger. Set aside.

*Make the mousse: Mix all ingredients on high in a blender. Scrap down mixture intermittently to ensure thorough mixing. Blend until smooth and completely incorporated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

*Assemble: Add chilled mousse to the cookie shell. Arrange blueberries onto the mousse. Gently brush the melted preserves onto the arranged blueberries. Melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Drizzle on top of the blueberries (I used a plastic Ziplock bag as a pastry bag). Refrigerate the fully assembled tart for at least 1 hour. Serve with whipped coconut cream, fresh berries, and cocoa powder.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. My favorite birthday treat usually consists of chocolate and peanut butter.

  2. I like you on FB.

  3. I already follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  4. I love my mom’s lemon cheesecake for birthdays! Although that may not be too vegan friendly.

  5. Also follow you on Twitter @mixtape20s

  6. Beautiful! I would have never have thought to use tofu.

  7. i love some raw fudge or soft serve!

  8. follow on fcbk!

  9. Your niçoise gave me something to think about but this tart ! Yum! My favorite birthday treat? Can’t say I have one… but my favorite cake is a vegan chocolate avocado one (from joy the baker) topped with an easy vegan chocolate ganache (from peas and thank you).

  10. Hi Tiffany. I hope you enjoyed your birthday. You are such a good girl, always eating healthy. I’m glad you like tofu. Isn’t it just yummy? It is so misunderstood. What great flavour packed tart.

  11. Your tart looks amazing! Making me crave some dessert right about now…

  12. Happy belated birthday my friend – August 13th no? We share birthdays :)
    Your decadent tart looks perfect!!
    My favourite birthday dessert has to be a marbled mudcake – the texture is so beautiful, the flavours rock and it looks so beautiful :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  13. That is one gorgeous mousse tart. You did a fantastic job with the chocolate drizzle… it looks like a lattice pie. :) I follow you all over… you’re great. :)

  14. Tiffany, that tart is to DIE for! Truly spectacular. My favorite birthday treat is carrot cake…oh, that cream cheese icing.

  15. Those blueberries look MASSIVE! looks so yummy!

    I’d have to say my favorite birthday treat is chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting…. aaaand now I’m drooling.

  16. What a wonderful mousse tart! Happy belated Birthday!We share the same birthday month.

  17. I rarely eat out nowadays, so my favorite birthday treat is having a meal out, whether it is gingerbread pancakes at La Note, Indian food at Ajanta or dinner at Chez Panisse Cafe.

  18. Belated Happy Birthday, Tiffany. What a gorgeous birthday treat!

  19. Happy birth-iversary! I’m a chocolate person too, and I have to have a vegan ice cream sundae with chocolate ganache and slivered almonds on my birthday. :)

  20. love this tart! blueberries and chocolate do indeed go so well together! my favorite birthday meal is my mom’s linguine with clam sauce :)

  21. Goodness gracious tiffany! I adore anything with chocolate and fruits and this tart is to die for!!!!

    Awesome giveaway… My favorite burthday treat is a good old fashioned chocolate cake!

  22. Already following you on facebook…

  23. Already following you on twitter :)

  24. Those chocolate drizzle lines you got on the tart are so professional looking! I love it.
    My favorite birthday treat is chocolate cake. Classic, I know. I haven’t made a vegan cake yet but this year I’m going to give it a try!

  25. My favorite dessert is soft baked chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream on top!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  26. I like you on FB

  27. I follow you on twitter

  28. My favorite birthday treat is banana cake with cream cheese frosting! My dad and I always requested banana cake for our bdays, and my mom always delivers:-) Your tart seriously looks AMAZING!!!! AND YES, blueberry and chocolate is AWESOME together:-) Happy belated birthday by the way:-) Hugs, Terra

  29. I follow you on Facebook!

  30. I follow you on Twitter!

  31. for my birthday, i love to have vegan “ice cream” cake :) but your blueberry chocolate treat here looks way tooo tempting!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (Dot) com

  32. This is one healthy and delicious looking mousse tart, Tiff!
    Happy birthday, btw! Better late than never, right? :-*

  33. My favorite birthday treat is definitely my mom visiting me for the week… and cake 😉
    I don’t think I’ve ever tried blueberries and chocolate together – great idea!

  34. Happy birthday again, Tiffany!! And happy 2nd blogiversary! Wow time flies! My favorite birthday treat…? I would pick some super high quality chocolate or… chocolate cake would be nice… like your mousse tart sounds amazing! 😉

  35. I already follow you on Facebook!

  36. And twitter!

  37. My wife’s homemade Devil’s Food cake with dark chocolate ganache.

  38. Hot fudge sundaes with homemade ice cream and homemade hot fudge sauce.

  39. My favorite birthday treat is yellow cake with chocolate frosting – simple classic!

  40. I like you on facebook!

  41. And I follow you on twitter!

  42. Tiff….happy Birth-i-versay! Your tart looks amazing! Why not blueberries and chocolate? I bet the flavors together are rich and sweet! My favorite birthday treat is an old fashioned vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Maybe I will add blueberries somewhere next time! Congrats to you and I wish you many more years of health, happiness and succcess!!! : )

  43. Fridge cleaning fabulousness! I love that you celebrated by cleaning out your fridge. You’re such a good girl :)

    Best birthday treat for me would be if someone had ratholed a Cadbury Creme Egg from Easter for me…but it could never be me! A creme egg would never last 6 months without being devoured in my house!

  44. Dear Tiffany, What an absolutely beautiful tart! With the fresh berries and chocolate drizzle, I am sure this was simply fabulous.
    I would love to enter your giveaway. Let’s see…my favorite birthday treat would probably be to bake a big, rich, gooey chocolate cake and to share it with my two kids…I’m easy to please!! Blessings to you, my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

  45. Dear Tiffany, I have ‘liked’ your facebook page. Blessings, Catherine xo

  46. And I am also now follow you on Twitter! …Tweet! Tweet! Blessings~~

  47. My favorite birthday treat is strawberry cheesecake!

  48. I like Como Water on facebook!

  49. I follow Como Water on twitter!

  50. I am so surprised by the tofu! I’d definitely have to make this alllll the time if I was vegan :)

  51. Thanks for all of the comments everyone! 😀