Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chocolate Pecan Tart

This is my new favourite cake, I just can't get enough of it.  I have made it a few times in the past month, and every time it tasted better.  I found this recipe in the book 'Ultimate Chocolate Recipes' by Green&Black's.  I have changed it a bit and added a recipe for the pastry, it said to use ready made short crust pastry, which is a good idea if you want to make a delicious cake but don't have much time. I also changed the syrup type from golden to maple, but any kind of syrup will do.    

For the pastry; 
100g butter
1 tbs suger 
2 egg yokes
180g flour

First make the pastry by mixing the butter and sugar until smooth, then add the flour and egg yokes.  Mix well but not for too long, it might be easier to do this with your hands.  Make a ball from the pastry and put it in the fridge for later. 

For the filling;
100g chocolate 
100g butter 
2 eggs
150g maple syrup (or syrup of choice) 
1 tsp vanilla
100g ground pecans
100g halved pecans for on top

Melt the chocolate and the butter together and let it cool for a bit.  Mix the eggs and maple syrup together in a big bowl and then add the cooled chocolate mixture. Mix well and add the ground pecans at the end. Roll out the pastry and place it carefully into a 20cm tart/quiche tin and make sure it is even all over.  Pour in the chocolate pecan mixture and use the halved pecans to decorate the top.  Cook in the oven at 180'c for 40-50 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the filling is cooked but still soft. This tart goes very well with vanilla ice cream. ;-)  

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