This dessert combines rich chocolate flavour with dried fruit to create a tart that is special enough for any gathering.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: January 2010
- 1/3 cup dried currants
- 1/3 cup chopped pitted prunes
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/3 cup walnut halves
- 1/3 cup whole almond
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 oz good-quality bittersweet chocolate (such as Lindt), finely chopped
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cups icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 egg yolks
MethodIn small bowl, combine currants, prunes and brandy; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
On baking sheet, toast walnuts and almonds in 350°F (180°C) oven until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop.
Sweet Pastry: Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, orange rind and salt. Pulse in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pulse in egg yolks until pastry comes together. Shape into ball; flatten into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into 12-inch (30 cm) circle; place in 9-inch (23 cm) round tart pan with removable bottom, pressing to inside edge and leaving overhang. Using rolling pin, roll across rim to trim off overhang.
With fork, prick bottom all over; refrigerate for 20 minutes. Line with foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven for 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil; bake until centre is golden, 3 to 7 minutes.
In bowl, beat butter until fluffy; gradually beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in flour, chocolate, brandy-soaked fruit and nuts; pour into baked crust. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until centre jiggles slightly and edge is browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. (Make-ahead: Let stand at room temperature for up to 8 hours.)
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 15 mg
- Protein 5 g
- Calories 345.0
- Total fat 21 g
- Potassium 140 mg
- Cholesterol 89 mg
- Saturated fat 10 g
- Total carbohydrate 36 g
- Iron 11.0
- Folate 17.0
- Calcium 3.0
- Vitamin A 13.0