When it came time to bake for Valentine’s Day, I had a tough choice between Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies and this luscios tart from Food & Wine.

Ever the diplomat, I made both! For last week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I featured the cookies but for this week I’m sharing with you a most delicious and delectable tart.

If this is setting the standard for tarts I bake this year then the tarts to come in 2011 have a lot to live up to!

It’s interesting because almost everyone that tried the tart kept asking me, “What’s in that filling?!”

And when I would say, “Milk chocolate and heavy cream” the answer was inevitabley, “That’s it?!”

Yep. That’s it! A spectacular ganache filling made with heavy cream and milk chocolate. Of course, as with all things cooking and baking, it’s all about the quality of the chocolate you use.

I used milk chocolate pieces from Ghirardelli, one of my preferred baking chocolates.

While so many people focussed on the filling, I think it’s the crust that allows the filling to shine. If you can believe it, the crust has crushed pretzels.

The saltiness of the pretzels gives the crust a certain edge that’s perfect against the sweet filling.

I will be making this one again!

As always, I’m joined by some brave folks who kicked their magazine piles in the pants this week:

Wandering Coyote of ReTorte made Three Seed Biscuits from the November 2010 issue of Canadian Living.

Ranjani of Four Seasons of Food made Feta and Radish Toasts from the March 2011 issue of Food & Wine.

My sweet friend Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking made a Yeasted Chocolate Coffee Cake from the March 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Recipe Sleuth from Eye for a Recipe made Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Miso Glaze from the January 2011 issue of Bon Appétit.

Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor made Tartes aux Pommes from a 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Jamie of Life’s a Feast made an Espresso Chocolate Cake with Mocha Mascarpone Frosting from the April 2009 issue of Bon Appétit.

For those of you that want to participate in the February 28th edition of MM, please note that Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor has very graciously agreed to host for me (thanks, Tina!). If you send me your entries, I’ll pass them along to Tina.

Have a great week, everyone!


Click here for the recipe for Milk-Chocolate Tart with Pretzel Crust.