NB: The white in the photo of the tart is not very unseasonable frost, it is white chocolate. Just in case it wasn't all that clear.
Double Chocolate and Strawberry tart
(adapted from Olive Magazine, April 2005)
For the pastry:
250g plain flour
pinch of salt
110g butter, cubed
4-6 tbsp cold water
For the filling:
200g dark chocolate
1 tsp coffee granules
60g plain flour
220g caster sugar
100ml whipping cream
For the decoration:
Punnet of strawberries, halved
approx. 4 squares of white chocolate, grated
1. Put the flour and salt in a large bowl, and add the butter, cubed
2. Use the fingertips to rub in the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs
3. Using a knife, stir in just enough cold water to bind the dough together
4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for 10-15 minutes before using
5. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas Mark 4. Line a 24cm tart tin with the pastry (roll it as thin as possible). Bake blind for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and weights. Bake for a further 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, make the filling: melt together the butter, coffee and chocolate in a small pan over a gentle heat.
7. Whisk the eggs and sugar over a pan of simmering water (very gentle heat) until the mixture holds a trail, then fold in the chocolate mixture and flour. Add the cream. Pour the entire mixture into the tart case and bake for 15-20 minutes until just set
8. When cooled, decorate with the strawberries and add the grated chocolate. A sprig of mint sets the tart off beautifully.
- To make the pastry using a food processor, put the flour, butter and salt in the food processor and pulse until the fat is rubbed into the flour.With the motor running, gradually add the water through the funnel until the dough comes together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 10-15 minutes before using.
- It would work equally well with raspberries as decoration. Alternatively, when starwberries and raspberries are no longer in season (gagh!) a drizzling of a chocolate sauce and dusting of cocoa powder would work a treat
- The chocolate filling resembles a brownie-type cake