Prep & Cook time1 hr, 30 mins Cool time1 hr, 30 mins Yield Makes 16 servings
We prefer Maldon sea salt for sprinkling onto this chocolate tart. Its large flakes look striking against the glossy chocolate surface, and its crunchy texture contrasts beautifully with the smooth, velvety filling.
- Chocolate Crust:
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
- 5large Egg yolks
- Chocolate filling:
- 8 ounces extra-bittersweet top-quality chocolate, such as Callebaut or Valrhona, chopped
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee
- 4large Eggs
- Chocolate Glaze:
- 4 ounces extra-bittersweet top-quality chocolate, such as Callebaut or Valrhona, chopped
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- Maldon sea salt for sprinkling (see Notes)
MethodIn a separate bowl, sift together flour and cocoa powder, then add to butter mixture and mix until combined. Add yolks and mix on low speed just until dough comes together. If small pieces remain, knead dough to blend them in. Form dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
- 140g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 50g butter, cut into pieces
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1 medium egg yolk
- half-fat crème fraîche, to serve (optional)
- 100g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, very finely chopped
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder, plus extra ½ tsp for sifting
- ¾ tsp coffee granules
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
- 2 medium egg whites
- 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
- 85g half-fat crème fraîche
- Tip the flour into a mixing bowl and remove 2 tsp (the cocoa will replace it later). Add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Sift in the cocoa and icing sugar, then, using a round-bladed knife, stir in the oil, egg yolk and 1½-2 tbsp cold water, until the dough comes together. Gently gather into a ball, then roll out on a lightly floured surface, big enough to fit a 20cm round x 3.5cm-deep loose-bottomed flan tin. Ease the pastry into the tin, leaving a slight overhang. Lightly prick the base with a fork, then chill for about 10 mins.
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Sit tin on a baking sheet. Line the pastry with foil and fill with baking beans. Blind-bake for 15 mins or until set. Carefully lift out the beans and paper, then bake the pastry case for another 10 mins or until the base is cooked. Remove, carefully trim off the overhanging pastry with a sharp knife, to give the pastry a flat edge, then leave until completely cold.
- To make the filling, put the chocolate in a large bowl that will fit over a pan of simmering water without touching it. Mix the cocoa, coffee and vanilla with the milk. Pour over the chocolate. Sit the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, stir, then immediately remove pan from the heat, with the bowl of chocolate still over the water, stirring occasionally, to check when melted. Stir the melted chocolate – it will be quite thick. Stir in 2 tbsp boiling water and the chocolate will immediately thin down and become silky smooth. Take the bowl off the pan and leave to cool slightly.
- Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then whisk in the sugar until thick and glossy. Fold the créme fraîche into the cooled chocolate. Fold one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture using a large metal spoon, then very gently fold in the remaining whites, a third at a time, until evenly mixed in. Remove the pastry case from the tin and place on a serving plate. Spoon the filling into the case, then spread out gently and evenly. Chill for about 3 hours, or overnight, before serving. Serve with a sifting of cocoa and half-fat créme fraîche, if you like. Please note, pregnant women, the elderly, babies and toddlers, and people who are generally unwell, should avoid eating raw or partially cooked eggs.
- 50g blanched hazelnut
- 200g plain flour
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 140g cold butter, diced
- 1 egg yolk
- flour, for dusting
- 75g caster sugar
- 25g butter
- 100ml double cream
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- large pinch sea salt flakes
- 50g blanched hazelnut, toasted and roughly chopped
- 100g dark chocolate (70%)
- 75g butter
- 2 large eggs, plus 1 yolk
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- To make the pastry, whizz the hazelnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Add the flour, icing sugar and butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and 1-2 tbsp cold water, and pulse until the dough comes together. Tip the dough out and flatten into a disc, then wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to line a 23cm loose-bottomed, deep tart tin. Trim the edges and prick the base with a fork, then line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 20 mins, then carefully remove the baking beans and parchment and bake for a further 5-10 mins until light golden. Allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, make the salted caramel. Tip the sugar into a small pan, add 1-2 tbsp water and heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat and cook until the sugar turns to an ambercoloured caramel. Reduce the heat and add the butter, cream and golden syrup, and stir until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Remove from the heat and add the salt. Allow to cool for a few mins, then spread onto the tart base. Scatter with chopped hazelnuts and set aside.
- For the chocolate filling, melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth, then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk and caster sugar for about 6 mins until thick and pale. Fold in the melted chocolate and cocoa, then pour into the tart case. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 mins or until set and the top has formed a crust. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving in slices.
- 100g plain flour
- 50g ground almond
- 85g butter, cut into small pieces
- 25g caster sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 150g/5oz bar dark chocolate, in pieces
- 2 egg whites
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 142ml carton ¼pint double cream
- 2 tbsp brandy or Tia Maria
- 284ml carton double cream
- 300g raspberry
- 125g/5oz punnet blueberries
- icing sugar, for dusting
- To make the pastry, put the flour and almonds in a bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. You can do this in the food processor. Stir in the sugar. Add the egg yolk and 1 tbsp of cold water and mix to form a firm dough. Knead briefly, then wrap in cling film and chill for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to fan 170C/ conventional 190C/gas 5. Roll out the dough and use to line a 24cm flan tin. Trim off the excess pastry, then line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 15 minutes, remove the paper and beans and cook for a further 7-10 minutes until crisp and golden. Leave to cool.
- To make the filling, melt the chocolate in a microwave on Medium for 2 minutes. Put the egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk for 5 minutes until thick, white and glossy. Remove from the heat and whisk for a further couple of minutes to cool it.
- Whisk the cream until it just holds its shape. Fold the chocolate and cream into the egg mixture, then add the brandy. Pour into the pastry case and smooth the top. Chill until set for about 20 minutes.
- To serve, whip the remaining cream until just stiff. Put a thin slice of tart on each plate. Spoon some cream on top and scatter with raspberries and blueberries. Dust with icing sugar.