Deliciously sticky, this Chocolate Toothpaste Tart is a real nostalgia trip for anyone who went to school in my home county Bedfordshire. One of the most popular desserts at school lunchtime, Chocolate Toothpaste got its name I can only assume because of its chocolatey stick-to-your-teeth gooeyness and not because it was at all good for our teeth. In hindsight, I’m sure dentists were up in arms.
As our favourite school dessert ever, this was one of those recipes every child and mum were desperate to get their hands on. But, school legend had it, the dinner ladies kept it closely guarded under lock and key – or that’s what we over-imaginative 10 year-olds liked to think. True or not, now I can reveal all.
I’m not pretending this one is at all healthy – it just isn’t – but it’s a very delicious once-in-a-while treat and really easy to make.
Makes one medium-sized tart.
The tart will need to be chilled overnight in the fridge before eating.
- 230g powdered milk (skim or full fat)
- 70g butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 20g drinking chocolate powder
- 20g cocoa powder
- 150ml warm water
- 1 ready-made sweet pastry case (8 to 9 inches)
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add the cocoa and drinking chocolate powder and mix well to combine
- In a separate bowl, mix the powdered milk and water (it will be lumpy)
- Add the cocoa butter cream to the powdered milk and mix well
- Pour into the pastry case and pop in the fridge to set overnight
- Serve with cream or for a real nostalgia trip - Dream Topping!
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