Using the diverse cultures and foods of Astoria, NY to feed one man's imagination in the kitchen.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

On the road: Maryland. Chocolate tart recipe

Chocolate Ganache Tart

* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1 stick plus 1 tbsp (9 tbsp) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
* 1 large egg yolk
* 12 ounces (330 gr) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
* 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
* 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190C) degrees.
2. Pulse flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal.Stir in the yolk and pulse again until the dough forms clumps and curds. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and very lightly and sparingly, knead just to incorporate dry ingredients. Butter a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Freeze crust at least 30 minutes before baking. Bake blind for 25 minutes, remove the weight and bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool.
3. Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour hot cream, through a sieve, over chocolate. Stir until smooth and creamy in texture. Stir in pecans, if using. Pour chocolate mixture into center of cooled tart shell. Let stand until set, about 2 hours, or chill for 1 hour.


Lorrie said...

OMG. It's so easy. I am going to make this as soon as I can. Is it safe to assume that you meant 1/2 CUP pecans?

Jonathan said...

yes, 1/2 cup pecans. I made the correction to the posting. Thank you for pointing it out.

Kirsten said...

I love chocolate tarts - I have one tart recipe on my homepage, too. And now I am comparing my recipe with others. Your recipe sounds great as well! Best wishes to the States from Germany!