End your next dinner party on a high note with this rich, nutty tart. Not only will your guests think you picked it up at the best patisserie in town, all the chilling time in between steps will give you an opportunity to prep your main course. (And, of course, chill out a little yourself!)
- Prep Time: 30 minutes (+ 5 hours chilling)
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Servings: 8
This chilled dessert is the perfect marriage of rich ganache and roasted nuts.
Sugar cookie crust
- In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or with a bowl and a wooden spoon), cream together butter, icing sugar and ground almonds. Add yolk and mix.
- Add flour and salt to mixer bowl. Mix together until a crumbly dough forms. Mix in milk to form a thicker dough.
- Press dough together into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours.
- Butter a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. On a lightly floured surface, roll out sugar cookie dough in a large circle about 12-inches (30cm) in diameter. Transfer rolled dough to prepared tart pan and gently fit/press it into pan. Trim excess dough.
- Chill tart shell 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF (175°C). Place tart pan on a baking sheet, fit a sheet of parchment overtop and fill with pie weights. Bake for 30 minutes with pie weights, then remove weights and bake for another 10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and cookie tart shell looks dry. NOTE: While tart is baking, watch to see if tart shell has puffed or bubbled up in the centre; if it has, immediately prick with a toothpick and press down carefully.
- Let baked tart shell cool completely, then pop it out of the rim and slide onto a serving plate.
Roasted hazelnut chocolate ganache filling
- When tart shell has cooled, prepare the ganache filling. Heat whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it’s hot and steaming. Place chopped chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and pour hot cream overtop. Let mixture stand for 1 minute, then stir to melt chocolate and form a fluid ganache. Let the ganache thicken for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every so often, then pour into baked and cooled tart shell. Let ganache tart set for at least 2 hours in refrigerator. Serve topped with whole or chopped hazelnuts.
Maître Chocolatier Tip
When it comes to ganache, patience is a virtue. Once you’ve added the hot cream to the chocolate, give it a minute to melt before you start stirring to assure a smooth, glossy texture.