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Monday, 11 July 2016

Lemon and Chocolate Tart..


Lemon and Chocolate Tart

By Linda Collister


Photo by Hilary Moore

I adore lemon tart, and when I discovered a French patisserie that made a selection of fruit tarts with a layer of chocolate I couldn’t resist trying the combination. It works!

Makes 8 tarts

For the sweet pastry:
  • 175g plain flour
  • A good pinch of salt
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • I large egg yolk
  • 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 100g Divine 70% dark chocolate


For the filling:
  • The grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 125ml lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150g unsalted butter, diced

To decorate:
  • Extra Divine 70% dark chocolate, melted

You will need:
  • 8 x 9cm (3½ inch) individual tart tins

Method:
  1. Make the pastry in the food processor: put the flour, salt, icing sugar and diced butter into the bowl of the processor. Run the machine until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add the yolk and one and a half tablespoons of water and ‘pulse’ the machine until the dough comes together in a ball. If there are dry crumbs or the dough seems stiff and dry add a little extra water. Remove the dough from the bowl, wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the pastry into 8 pieces and roll out one piece on a lightly floured work-surface to a circle about 4mm thick and 9cm across. Lift the pastry onto the tartlet tin and gently press the pastry onto the base and sides of the tin. Trim off the excess pastry, repeat with the remaining tins. Prick the base well with a fork and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  4. Line the pastry cases each with a piece of crumbled greaseproof paper and fill with fried beans, ceramic beans or coins then bake in the heated oven for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the paper and beans and cook the pastry case for another 5 minutes until firm and barely coloured. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Break up the chocolate, put it into a heatproof bowl and melt gently. Brush the chocolate inside each pastry case to evenly cover the base and sides. Leave to set while making the filling.
  5. Put the lemon zest and juice, sugar, beaten eggs and diced butter into a heatproof mixing bowl. Set over a pan of steaming water and stir gently until melted and smooth. Continue stirring for about 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens and looks like lemon curd.
  6. Remove the bowl from the heat and pour the mixture into a clean bowl (to prevent overcooking and scrambling the filling). Leave to cool completely, and then spoon the filling equally into the pastry cases.
  7. Chill thoroughly- at least 4 hours- then decorate with piped swirls or spirals of melted chocolate (using a piping bag or plastic sandwich bag with the corner snipped off)


*Recipe and recipe photography by Divine Chocolate*

*No Payment was received*


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24 comments

  1. That's such a nice dessert! I'd love to try it, you cook really well the pictures are so yummy! :) xx
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    1. Thanks for the comment :) This is a guest post, don't they look yummy :)

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  2. Yum! I love lemon and chocolate together! Perfect dessert :)

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  3. Oh I do love lemony recipes/desserts and also like the combination of lemon and chocolate. Would love to give this a go :)

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  4. I've always loved Lemon, and who doesn't love chocolate! Would yo believe me if i told you I haven't tried the two toether?
    I'm going too have to now because it looks AMAZING!

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  5. Yum! These look fantastic and my husband loves lemon tarts. I'd be the best wife ever if I made them for him!

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    1. Hehe!! Thanks for the comment Hannah :)

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  6. This looks super yummy. Will ask my wife to learn this and we can enjoy it on one of our weekends. Thanks

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    1. Thanks for the comment, hope you get to try it :)

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  7. Oh my goodness, they looks so amazing. I wouldn't have thought of putting lemon and chocolate together but they sounds delicious.

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  8. This looks divine. I bet it tasted delicious.

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  9. I actually dont think I have ever had lemon with chocolate before, it looks just amazing x

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    1. Thanks lovely. I love lemon in cakes :)

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  10. These look and sound utterly divine. Love lemon, love chocolate, and intrigued by how the two will work as a combination.

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  11. These sound lovely. I'd have never thought to put that combo together x

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  12. I could do with one of these now!

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