This Dark Chocolate Tart is light fluffy and extremely….. dark. Change it up if you like, there’s lots of ideas below.
Recently I was asked to come up with a recipe using 80% Callebaut chocolate. Chocolate with such a high cocoa percentage isn’t for everyone but if you love the intensity of dark chocolate with a hint of sugar then this tart is for you.
I have made this tart with all kinds of chocolate. If dark dark is not your thing you can make it with anything down to about 55%. Use only proper chocolate, no chocolate melts, these are made of vegetable fats and the recipe just wont work
The filling is mousse like and fluffy . It’s nothing like a chocolate ganache tart…. this is pure heaven. A look at the ingredient list would probably not suggest to you a light mousse like filling but, I promise, it is.
The bitter cocoa taste pairs well with berries but for a match made in sweet heaven try it with caramelised pears or sweet orange syrup, make a hazelnut praline or maybe salted caramel and peanut ice cream!
- 250 gm flour
- 150 gm butter
- 50 gm caster sugar
- 1 egg beaten (and added to the 80 ml water)
- 80 ml cold water
- 150 gm 80% chocolate chopped ( or buttons)
- 150 gm dark chocolate ( approx 54%)
- 200 gm unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 yolks
- 125 gm caster sugar
- 100ml thickened cream
- 50 gm 80% chocolate
- 1 Tablespoon glucose syrup ( opt)
- Pre heat the oven to 180. This recipe was made using a 24 cm tart case with removable base
- The pastry takes the longest to make so have the tart case finished and cooling before beginning the filling
- Use a food processor to combine the butter, sugar and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stop the machine and add all but a few drops of the egg mixture. Turn the machine back on and process until the dough comes together in a ball.
- Pour pastry out of the machine and onto a bench. Push the dough together lightly, overworking will make it tough and hard to roll out . If it looks dry add a little of the reserved liquid and push together into a flat disc and refrigerate .
- After resting for a minimum of 30 minutes. Lightly flour the bench and roll out to approx 4 cm larger than the tart tin. Lower into the tin with a removable base. Return to the fridge till firm, I use the freezer .
- Bake filled with beans or rice in a 180 C / 350 F oven till set. ( approx 15 minutes.) Remove the paper and bake till golden ( approx 8-10 minutes)
- The best part is this fudgey soft middle. Lower the oven to 160 C/ 320 F
- Melt the chocolate and butter together. Cool slightly.
- Meanwhile using a mixer beat the sugar and eggs until light and white and lots of air is incorporated. Fold ½ the chocolate into the egg mix and then finish with the rest.
- Bake the tart for 15 minutes, you may not think it is cooked but it only needs to be just set. Cool.
- Put the cream and glucose in a jug in the microwave and heat till hot ( but not boiling). If steaming cool slightly. Using a small whisk, stir in the chocolate and keep stirring until it is a nice thick chocolate ganache and all the chocolate is dissolved.
- Pour over the tart, spreading with a palette knife while it is still slightly warm and pliable, making it easy to spread.
Use a 60 or 70 % chocolate, or any " dark " chocolate. Use orange zest or glace fruits or praline in the chocolate mix. Spread the base with salted caramel sauce before adding the chocolate mix and baking. You could add nuts,walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts
You can bake the pastry a day ahead and keep in an air tight container. If using for a dinner party skip the glaze and go for a sprinkling of cocoa, icing sugar or praline.
Don't over cook, it is best when soft, but will still be lovely even if you do overdo it.
To make a 28 cm tart make 1½ x the filling recipe