|Marbled chocolate tart with strawberry and mint|
|Dianthus from my front yard & the tarts... ready to be relished!|
Ingredients for the pastry:
(I used 6 tart tins)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into cubes+ extra to grease the tins
1 heaped tsp cocoa powder
Iced water to sprinkle on the dough
Sieve the flour and the cocoa powder together in a bowl. Add the butter.
Mix till it turns crumbly.Break the egg and add it.
Mix till the dough comes together. You might need to sprinkle some water at this point.
Wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Take it out and roll into a large circle. Cut out smaller circles that will fit into the tins. Take each circle and place on the tins.
Press the bottom portion and the edges. Remove any extra overhanging dough. Prick the pastry bottom with a fork and chill for about 15 minutes before baking them blind.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Take the prepared tins out of the fridge.
Place discs of greaseproof paper on the dough. Fill with baking beans and bake for about 10 minutes.
Remove the paper discs and beans and bake for another 10 minutes or till done.
Leave to cool as you prepare the filling.
|The dark chocolate had hardened a bit which is why this looks messy. Bad sense of timing!!|
300 grams white chocolate
25 grams unsalted butter
Break the white chocolate into small bits (or you can chop it up using a serrated knife) and place the pieces in a bowl. Heat the cream in another pan till it comes to near-boiling point.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir till no bits and pieces remain.
Let it cool down to the desired consistency before you go to the next step.
If you want to add the marbled effect to the filling, proceed as for white chocolate but with about 75 grams of dark chocolate, a dash of cream and a few dots of butter.
Fill each of the baked tart shells with the white chocolate almost to the brim. Add a spoonful of the dark chocolate and swirl with a spoon handle to create a pattern. Chill till needed.
Take the tarts out of the fridge at least 10-15 minutes before serving. Serve with sprigs of mint and a whole strawberry placed right in the middle of the tart.
The strawberries in our region aren't the sweetest but they work very well in this recipe. The taste of the slightly acidic fruit creates a beautiful balance with the sweetness of the white chocolate and they look so pretty sitting on all that white chocolate! And they also HID the messy dark chocolate swirls in the middle of the tarts!;)