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03 October, 2008
We created this soft, rich-eating chocolate tart in response to a customer request for a 'decadent dessert' that can be enjoyed cold from the fridge or served just warm with a little crème fraîche to round off a delicious meal. We bake them each day, but it has a 'two-day' life in the fridge and we sell them at £2 each.
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A good 'short eating' sweet pastry to line or block into foil cases.For the filling (makes 30 tarts using 4" cases)Whipping cream 900gMilk 800gEgg yolks 20Caster sugar 270gDark couverture, cocoa content 70% or above 500gMethod1. Bring to the boil the milk and the cream. Melt the chocolate. (image A)2. Whisk the chocolate into the milk and cream mixture. (B) 3. Mix together the egg yolks and sugar. (C)4. Pour the hot chocolate cream mixture over the egg and sugar. (D)5. Return to the pan; bring back to the boil, whisking all the time. This mix can be used straightaway or may be cooled and refrigerated in a sealed container until required. (E)6. Lightly part-bake the pastry cases.7. Pipe the filling into the pastry cases (slight dome). (F)8. Bake at 170?C for 25 minutes until set. Allow to cool completely, before adding chocolate decorations.Tip: you can ring the changes by using different chocolates - for example, white or caramel. Or why not do a delicious 'chocolate orange tart'? Make this by adding a tangy orange curd in the base before the chocolate filling is piped in

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