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Chocolate Ganache Tart

Melissa
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Chocolate Tart Base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar sifted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the Ganache:

  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Decoration:

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons flaked sea salt
  • 5 soft caramel candies quartered

Instructions
 

For the Chocolate Tart Base:

  • Begin by making the tart base. In a large bowl, combine the butter and icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and mix to combine. Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt and cornstarch and mix just until the dough comes together.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a disc. Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough has chilled, roll the dough out on a floured surface into a large circle using a rolling pin, aiming to make the dough 1/2 cm thick. Lift the dough into a 9 inch round tart pan without stretching the dough. Ensure that the tart pan is completely covered even up the sides. Trim the excess dough from the top of the pan then prick the bottom of the tart with a fork to allow the steam to release during cooking.
  • Place the tart pan with the dough back into the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
  • Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the tart in the center of the oven for 18-22 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven and set aside to let cool completely.
  • Once the tart shell has cooled, remove it from the tart pan and place it on a serving plate. Set aside while we make the ganache.

For the Ganache:

  • Place the chocolate chips into a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  • Add the whipping cream to a small sauce pot. Heat the whipping cream in the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scalding. Once the cream is warmed (not boiling) remove it from the heat and pour it into the bowl with the chocolate chips.
  • Let the cream sit for a minute to begin melting the chocolate chips. Use a spoon to mix the chocolate and cream together until completely smooth. At the end, add the salt and vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Pour the ganache into the tart shell and use a spatula to spread it out evenly. Gently tap the plate with the tart on it against the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  • Place the tart in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to full set before decorating, or serving plain.
  • To decorate, melt the remaining chocolate chips over a double boiler until smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate on the tart making large overlapping circles. Place the tart in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to set before garnishing with caramels and flaked sea salt.
  • Serve the tart chilled and enjoy!
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