Blackberry chocolate tart with chocolate and cinnamon ice cream

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This stunning chocolate and blackberry tart recipe is comprised of crisp chocolate pastry, blackberry curd and chocolate ganache. To top it all off, the tart is served with a rich chocolate and cinnamon ice cream – the perfect dinner party dessert. You need to make the pastry, curd and ice cream the day before serving, so make sure you leave plenty of time.

First published in 2018




Chocolate and cinnamon ice cream

Chocolate tart cases

Blackberry curd

Chocolate ganache


  • Ice cream maker
  • 25cm loose bottom tart tin
  • Baking beans
  • Cooking thermometer


Place the milk and cream in a saucepan with the cinnamon stick. Warm gently over a low heat for 15 minutes. (Taste this now and steep the cinnamon longer if needed)
Place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk with the sugar until pale. Continue to whisk, gradually pouring the milk and cream mixture through a sieve into the egg mixture until smooth and combined
Place the custard in a heavy-based saucepan and add in the chocolate. Taste and add more chocolate if desired. Over a low heat, stir constantly for 5–10 minutes or until thickened and coating the back of a spoon. Transfer to a clean bowl and place in the fridge to cool
When cool, churn in an ice cream maker, place in a clean container and store in the freezer
To make the pastry, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt and icing sugar. Rub in the cold butter (using your fingers or a food processor) until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
Mix the egg yolk with the water and add to the mixture to make a dough. Add more water at this point, if you need to. Press the pastry into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 1 hour
Roll out the pastry to fill your tin (you will have some spare). Prick the pastry base with a fork and then put it back in the fridge to rest for 2 hours
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Line the case with foil and fill with baking beans. Blind-bake them for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and baking beans and bake them for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven but leave the case in the tins to cool completely
In a saucepan, combine the blackberries and lemon juice and cook until they are broken down completely. Strain the blackberries and keep the juice
In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then whisk the eggs into the butter and sugar until combined
Now, add the egg mixture to a heavy-based saucepan with your strained blackberry juice. With the heat on low, stir the mixture until it thickens and reads 77°C on a thermometer
When the mixture is thick, fill the case about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Place cling film over the curd and place in the fridge overnight
For the ganache, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place the cream, salt and sugar in a saucepan and heat on low. When hot, take the cream off the heat and pour over the chocolate. Leave it for a few minutes and then stir to combine. Pour the ganache over the tart and place in the fridge to set for 2 hours
Remove from the fridge, take the tart out of the tin and slice as desired. Serve with chocolate cinnamon ice cream
First published in 2018

Clara is a primary school teacher whose initial love of food was inspired by many family meals, both traditional English food and food from afar.

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