Chocolate Pecan Tart / Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle

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Taking the Pecan Tart a step further and what’s the best thing to use? Of course Chocolate.

Below you will find 2 versions one with just Chocolate & Maple Syrup and the second version is with Bourbon. Choose whichever you prefer 🙂

VERSION 1

CHOCOLATE PECAN TART & MAPLE SYRUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 375g pack shortcrust pastry (might be easier than making your own pastry)
  • a little flour, for dusting
  • 185g dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate if you like it sweet!
  • 50g salted butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200ml maple syrup
  • 200g whole pecan nuts

METHOD:

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 20cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Fill the tart with baking paper and baking beans, bake for 25 mins, then remove the baking paper and beans. Continue to cook for 10 mins more until golden.
  3. Remove from the oven and cool.
  4. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  5. Whisk the eggs and maple syrup together, then stir into the chocolate with most of the nuts.
  6. Pour into the tart shell, top with the remaining nuts and bake for 30-40 mins until set.
  7. Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or double cream.

VERSION 2

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BOURBON-PECAN TART WITH CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 (425g) package refrigerated shortcrust pastry
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 ounce/15g bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or more)

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine first 10 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in pecans.
  3. Roll dough into a 13-inch circle; fit into a 20-22cm removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Trim excess crust using a sharp knife. Spoon sugar mixture into prepared crust.
  4. Bake at 180° for 45 minutes or until center is set.
  5. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or melt over bain-marie. Stir until smooth.
  7. Drizzle chocolate over tart.

No-bake peach and almond tartlets

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup 35% cream
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp orange-blossom water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large ripe, firm peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

METHOD:

  1. Stir crumbs with butter in a medium bowl, until mixture is moist. Line 8 cups in a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Scoop a scant 3 tbsp crumb mixture into each cup. Firmly press from centre of liner to edges and up the sides until crust is even with rim. Refrigerate until firm.
  2. Beat mascarpone with cream, honey, orange-blossom water and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high until fluffy, about 2 min. Remove muffin tin from refrigerator and fill prepared crusts with mascarpone mixture up to the rim. Smooth tops. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  3. Stir peaches with sugar in a small bowl. Let sit until peaches soften, about 15 to 20 min. Drain liquid and stir in almonds.
  4. Unmold tartlets onto individual dessert plates. Scoop mixture over each tartlet.

Hazelnut Plum Tarts

INGREDIENTS:

makes six 4-inch tarts

  • 255 g (2 cups + 2 Tbspn) AP flour
  • 80 g (1/2 cup) hazelnuts
  • 1/2 tspn Turkish coffee
  • 1/4 tspn ground cardamom
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 1/4 tspn sea salt
  • 2 sticks (1 lb) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tspn hazelnut extract
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbspn orange juice
  • 4 – 6 small plums
  • turbinado sugar

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C. Lightly grease the inside of six 4-inch tart molds. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, hazelnuts, Turkish coffee grounds, ground cardamom, baking powder, and salt. Process until the hazelnut is finely ground.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Meanwhile, rub the orange zest into the sugar with your fingertips. Slowly add the sugar into the butter, creaming thoroughly until well-incorporated and aerated. 5. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add the hazelnut and vanilla extracts and the orange juice. Beat well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two stages, beating until combined and until a smooth dough forms.
  6. Divide and press the dough into the prepared tart pans. Slice the plums and arrange the slices on top of the dough, pressing down lightly. Sprinkle with a healthy amount of turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake the tarts for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before unmolding from the tart tins.

White Peach and Olallieberry Walnut Galettes

INGREDIENTS:
makes six individually-sized galettes, ~5 inches in diameter

for pastry:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 12 Tbspn butter
  • 4 Tbspn cold water

METHOD:

  1. In a food processor or using a pastry cutter, mix the flour, sugar, and salt to combine.
  2. Cut in the butter to the flour mixture until it is the size of peas.
  3. Gradually add the cold water and pulse just until a dough begins to form.
  4. Remove the dough from the food processor and form into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap or parchment paper and chill for at least 30 minutes.

for filling and baking:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbspn flour
  • 2 Tbspn + 1 tspn sugar
  • 1 lb. firm and ripe white peaches, thinly sliced (~4 medium white peaches)
  • 2 heaping Tbspn light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbspn + 1 tspn cornstarch
  • 6 oz. olallieberries
  • heavy cream, for brushing on galettes
  • turbinado sugar
  • apricot jam

METHOD:

  1. Place a baking stone in the lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 205 degrees C.
  2. In a food processor, grind together the walnuts, flour, and 2 Tbspn of sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the peaches, brown sugar, and 1 Tbspn of cornstarch. Toss to coat the peaches and set aside for at least ten minutes. Set aside.
  4. In another small bowl, combine the olalliberries, remaining 1 tspn sugar, and remaining 1 tspn cornstarch. Set aside.
  5. Roll out the pastry into 6 six-inch circles. Pat down about 2 Tbspn of the ground walnut mixture in the center of each pastry circle, leaving about 2 inches of a border.
  6. Drain the fruit thoroughly. Arrange the sliced peaches on top of the ground walnut mixture in the pastry crusts and then top with berries.
  7. Fold the sides of the galettes over the fruit by rotating and pinching the dough.
  8. Brush the exposed dough on top with heavy cream and sprinkle the entire galette generously with turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Remove from baking stone and oven and place the galette on a wire cooling rack.
  10. Warm the apricot jam and brush a thin layer over the fruit and top of galettes. Let the galettes cool a bit before serving, though they are best enjoyed warm with a scoop of maple nut ice cream on top. Galettes can be re-warmed in a 190 degree oven for 5 minutes.

Tip: When using fresh fruit, it’s important that your peaches are ripe but firm–soft peaches will release too much liquid. Also make sure to drain the fruit as directed in the recipe to avoid soggy galettes.

INGREDIENTS:
makes ~1 quart

for ice cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy or manufacturing cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbspn sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (the darker the better)
  • 1/8 tspn salt
  • 1/4 tspn vanilla extract

METHOD:

  1. Place cream in a bowl with a fine mesh sieve on top. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks until light. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and sugar. Bring to a bare simmer.
  4. Whisking constantly, pour a small but steady stream of the heated milk into the egg yolks to temper. Do this slowly, while whisking quickly. Once the milk and egg yolks are combined, return to the saucepan and to the stove.
  5. Heat the egg yolk and milk mixture while stirring constantly, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan so that nothing burns or sticks. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about one minute. Remove from heat immediately.
  6. Pour the hot creme anglaise through the strainer into the cream. Stir to cool and then stir in the maple syrup, salt, and vanilla extract.
  7. Chill the mixture thoroughly. Meanwhile, make the walnut mix-in.

for walnut mix-in:

  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbspn dark amber maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven and then chopped coarsely
  • large pinch of salt

METHOD:

  1. In a saucepan, cook the maple syrup until it comes to a full boil.
  2. Stir the walnuts into the maple syrup and return to a full boil.
  3. Remove the walnuts from heat and let them cool completely.
  4. Freeze the ice cream mixture in your ice cream maker of choice. freeze it in your ice cream maker of choice.
  5. In the last minute of churning, add the walnuts to the ice cream. Alternatively, fold the walnuts into the finished ice cream before returning the ice cream to the freezer.

Tart des Tropiques (Tropical Meringue Tart with lime, coconut & sesame)

INGREDIENTS:
makes one 9-inch round tart, or equivalent thereoffor pastry:

  • 260 g all-purpose flour
  • 72 g sesame seeds
  • 50 g sugar
  • â…› tspn salt
  • 7 Tbspn butter, cut in pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tbspn sesame oil
  • 3–3½ Tbspn water
  • 1 large egg white

for lime curd:

  • 8 Tbspn butter, cut in pieces
  • Âľ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 125 g sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of 2 limes

for meringue:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 94 g sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 tspn coconut extract
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • toasted coconut chips

METHOD: 

  1. for pastry. Combine the flour, sesame seeds, sugar, and butter in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the butter is the size of small peas. Add the egg yolk and sesame oil and pulse to combine. Add the water, one tablespooon at a time, while processing, just until the dough holds together when pressed between two fingers. Do not overmix. Remove the dough from the food processor, form into a small, flat disc, cover tightly with plastic wrap or parchment paper, and refrigerate for at least one hour. The dough should be firm to the touch.
  2. Preheat oven to 220° C. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the cold dough to ⅛-inch thickness. Transfer to tart pan, press in the bottom and sides, and prick the bottom a few times with a fork. Return the pastry to the refrigerator if it has softened. Line with a piece of parchment paper, fill with pie weights or beans, and bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove the weights and the parchment paper, brush the insides of the pastry with a small amount of egg white, and return to the oven for 3 to 5 minutes more, until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. for lime curd. Preheat oven to 190° C. Suspend a bowl over simmering water. Place the butter, lime juice, sugar, and salt in the bowl and let cool, whisking occasionally, until the butter has completely melted. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, beat the eggs and yolks to combine. When the butter has melted, temper the eggs by gradually and slowly pouring about half of the butter mixture into the eggs, whisking continuously. Continue to cook over simmering water, stirring and scraping the bottom of the bowl with a spatula, until thick, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the zest, and pour the curd into the prepared tart shell. Bake the tart for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
  4. for meringue. In a bowl suspended over simmering water, beat the egg whites, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar until hot to the touch (60° C on an instant read thermometer). Immediately add the coconut extract and transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat just until stiff, glossy peaks form. Do not overbeat! Immediately pipe the meringue onto the cooled tarts, and brown under the broiler or with a kitchen torch. Top with toasted sesame seeds and coconut chips.

Strawberry Passionfruit Tart

INGREDIENTS:
makes one 9×9-inch square tart

for tart shell:

  • 1 1/2 cups (210 g) flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbspn dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 2 tspn freshly grated meyer lemon zest
  • 10 Tbspn butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbspn fresh meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla
  • 1 – 2 Tbspn cold water

METHOD:

  1. Combine the flour, dark brown sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl. Mix.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until butter is the size of small peas.
  3. Mix in the lemon juice and vanilla into the flour mixture. Gradually add the water just until a dough forms when pressed between your fingers. Do not overmix.
  4. Form the dough into a flat disc, wrap with parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thickness and place in the tart pan, pressing the dough gently into the sides. Trim and discard any excess dough. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork. Return to the refrigerator and chill for at least 10 – 15 minutes.
  7. Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough and weigh down with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the edges begin to turn golden. Remove the weights and parchment paper and continue to bake for 3 – 5 minutes more, until the entire tart crust is golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

for filling:

  • 2 – 3 punnets strawberries
  • 1 Tbspn water
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tspn gelatin powder
  • 1/4 cup passionfruit pulp or puree
  • 1 1/2 Tbspn sugar
  • whipped cream, optional

METHOD:

  1. Trim the green end off the strawberries and arrange in the cooled tart shell.
  2. Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water and let sit briefly.
  3. In a small saucepan, stir to combine the passionfruit and sugar. Add the gelatin and warm over low heat until, stirring until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Do not let boil.
  4. Once dissolved, remove from heat and let cool briefly. Spoon or brush a thin layer of the passionfruit onto the strawberries–do not use all of the passionfruit. Place the tart in the refrigerator to let the first layer of jelly set. Keep the passionfruit at room temperature. After about 20 – 30 minutes, brush another layer of passionfruit jelly onto the tart and return to chill. Repeat once more, using the remainder of the passionfruit. Tart is ready to serve when the jelly has set completely. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Pumpkin pie with caramel brandy hard sauce

INGREDIENTS:
makes two 4.5″ piesfor pumpkin puree:

  • 1 small pumpkin

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.
  2. Split the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Discard the seeds.
  3. Place the pumpkin halves face down on a baking sheet with sides.
  4. Bake for 1 hour until fork-tender. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Puree the pumpkin pulp in a food processor until smooth.

for pastry:

  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold, in small cubes
  • 4 Tbspn water, cold

for pumpkin filling:

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbspn dark brown sugar
  • white sugar, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • pumpkin pie spices, to taste (try: ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, white pepper)
  • heavy cream, opt., for crust
  • turbinado sugar, opt., for crust

METHOD:

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour until the size of small peas.
  3. Gradually add the water, 1 Tbspn at a time until, when you press the dough between your fingers, it holds together. Do not overmix!
  4. Wrap the dough in parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, make the pumpkin filling. Combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, white sugar (if using), eggs, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup whole milk into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  6. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out, about 1/8″ thick. Place the dough into the pie plates and crimp the edges. Using a fork, pierce the bottom of the crust several times.
  8. If the dough has become soft from rolling, place in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes.
  9. Line the inside of the pie crusts with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dry beans.
  10. Bake for 15-17 minutes, then remove from oven. Remove the beans and parchment paper and, if desired, line the edge of the pie crust with foil. Return to the oven for 5-7 more minutes until the crust is golden. Remove and fill with pumpkin filling.
  11. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake the pumpkin pies for 30 minutes, then brush the exposed crusts with heavy cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if using. Return the pies to the oven and continue to bake for ~10-15 additional minutes until pie is mostly set but jiggles just slightly in the middle when gently bumped.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool briefly. Serve warm with caramel brandy hard sauce (recipe below).
Caramel brandy hard sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbspn butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 Tbspn brandy, to taste

METHOD:

  1. Have all ingredients pre-measured and ready next to the stove.
  2. In a small light-colored saucepan (with tall sides, preferably), wet the sugar with just enough water to make it the consistency of wet sand (~1 – 1 1/12 Tbspn water).
  3. Cook the sugar on medium heat.  Do not stir once the sugar starts boiling–swirl the pan around gently instead to insure even cooking. Cook until the sugar is a deep amber color. Immediately add the butter and whisk thoroughly. Be careful–this will splutter!
  4. As soon as the butter has completely melted, remove from heat and carefully add the heavy cream, whisking continuously.
  5. Once the cream has incorporated, pour the caramel into another heat-resistant container to cool, straining through a fine mesh sieve to remove unevenly cooked sugar, if necessary. Let cool briefly and whisk in brandy to taste. Caramel will continue to thicken as it cools.