I was in the mood to try something new and I was meeting up with some girlfriends for a knitting afternoon. I volunteered to make dessert... but after seeing a goat cheese and apricot tart at my local gourmet deli, I decided I wanted to try my hand at a savory tart myself. Mainly because their version was $20, but also because I had never worked with tarts before. This started a whole theme and I had to do a bit of shopping.
I found dozens of recipes of both the sweet and savory variety but settled on one of each. Tomorrow, stick around for a blackberry and goat cheese tart. For now, I leave you with the ultimate chocolate treat. If you're a sucker for dark chocolate, then make this tart.
To make tarts, you need... a tart pan. Seems obvious, but there are some things that make these extremely useful. The main selling point is the removable bottom. This makes it so easy to pop the tart out of the pan. You could also use this pan to make quiche. There you go - sold! Well, after you check out these two recipes, hopefully you will be too. I made both of these tarts in one night, and finished them off the following morning (final toppings, decoration, etc). You could do it all at once, but it left me the right amount of time to cool everything completely before I moved on to next steps.
Alright, enough chit chat - on to the recipe!
Salted Chocolate Tart
Recipe from My Recipes
Ingredients for the crust:
6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 large egg yolks
Ingredients for the filling:
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup coffee
4 large eggs
Ingredients for the topping:
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
sea salt for sprinkling
Directions for the crust:
1. In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa powder, then add to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add yolks and mix on low speed just until dough comes together. Form the dough into a flat disk and wrap in saran wrap. Chill for at least one hour or up to 3 days.
2. After chilled, unwrap the dough and place on a floured surface. With short strokes from the center outward, roll out the dough until a 12" circle is formed. Transfer the dough to the tart pan - this may be easier if you roll the dough onto your rolling pin and unroll it onto the tart pan. Gently press the dough into the pan and trim the edges so that it doesn't overhang from the edges. Place a piece of parchment paper in the pan and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once the crust is chilled, bake for 10 minutes. Then, remove the parchment and beans and return to the oven until the crust looks dry - approx. 5 minutes. Remove and set on a rack to cool slightly.
Directions for the filling:
1. Put the chopped chocolate in a medium-size heatproof bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar and coffee. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate and let it sit for 3 to 4 minutes, then gently stir until smooth. Break eggs into a large bowl and slowly pour into the warm chocolate mixture, stirring constantly until incorporated.
2. Pour the warm filling into the warm tart crust. Bake until the filling has risen slightly, appears dry on the surface and doesn't jiggle when shaken slightly. This will be between 10 and 15 minutes. Set on a rack to cool completely.
Directions for the topping:
1. Put the chopped chocolate and corn syrup into a medium-size heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream to boiling, then pour over the chocolate. Add the butter and stir slowly to reduce bubbles. Stir until smooth.
2. Pour the glaze onto the center of the tart and gently push to the edges. Let sit at least 15 minutes to set before slicing. Sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!
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