Treat of the week: Dark and delicious chocolate hazelnut tart

Chocolate hazelnut tart. (Mike Hensen/QMI Agency)

Chocolate hazelnut tart. (Mike Hensen/QMI Agency)

Jill Wilcox, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET

Chocolate and nuts are a terrific culinary combination. Whether it’s dark chocolate, milk or white chocolate in combination with walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, all variations can work in a multitude of desserts and confections.

This week I’m partnering dark chocolate and roasted hazelnuts in a simple tart.

This brownie-like tart is very easy to prepare and needs only a dusting of cocoa powder or icing sugar to decorate along with some fresh berries or a berry coulis.

Take advantage of the last of the local raspberries to serve with this delicious dense tart.

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz. (100g) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 7 tbsp. (100g) butter
  • 2/3 c. (150 ml) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 c. (250 ml) all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 c. (250 ml) toasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • Parchment paper
  • Fresh berries for garnish
  • Mint for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)
  2. Grease and line a 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the chopped chocolate and butter over simmering water, in a double boiler or carefully in a bowl in a microwave oven. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in sugar, vanilla, eggs and salt.
  5. Stir in flour until just combined.
  6. Stir in the nuts.
  7. Spoon into prepared pan and bake approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Cool slightly before removing from pan.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar. Drizzle with fruit puree and garnish with fresh berries and a sprig of mint. Makes 8 - 10 servings.

 


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