Chocolate tart

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Dominic Chapman’s lovely chocolate tart is a simple-to-make dessert that would be a wonderful finish to a meal. The orange zest and chopped hazelnuts are delicious additions to the tart base, as both are fabulous taste partners with chocolate. The trimoline required for this rich chocolate tart recipe is available from specialty food stores, but if you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with honey, being aware different honeys can impart different flavours in the filling

First published in 2015
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Chocolate tart base

Chocolate tart filling



Start by making the tart base. Cream the butter and icing sugar together, then add the flour, hazelnuts, salt and zest. Add 30g of the beaten egg and slowly mix together until it forms a dough. Lightly knead to form a ball, wrap in cling film and rest for 1 hour in the fridge before use


Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and roll it out onto a flat work surface to a thickness of 3 mm. Use a 23 cm loose-bottomed tart tin and line with greaseproof paper. Next, carefully line the tin with the rolled pastry

Brush the tart base with the egg wash and blind bake until the tart is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool while you make the chocolate filling
For the filling, place the chocolate pistoles in a large mixing bowl. In a pan, heat the trimoline with the cream until hot, being careful not to boil. Once hot, pour it over the chocolate pistoles and stir until the chocolate has melted. Once the chocolate has melted, add butter and continue to stir until fully melted
Spoon a little chocolate filling around the edges of the tart base to fill in any holes. Allow this chocolate to set in the fridge, then pour in the rest of the chocolate mix to fill the ring
Place the chocolate tart to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight. To serve, use a hot knife to cut the tart into slices
First published in 2015

Dominic Chapman's passion for food is in the blood: his family has owned and run the highly acclaimed Castle Hotel in Taunton for over 60 years.

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