Chocolate Walnut Tart

Author: Canadian Living

This rich tart needs only a scoop of vanilla ice cream or spoonful of whipped cream and a sprinkling of grated chocolate or icing sugar to top it off. Choose California walnuts to ensure freshness and flavour.

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2004

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped raisin
  • 1 egg yolk
Chocolate Pastry:
  • 3/4 cups butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Method

Chocolate Pastry: In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Into separate bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt ; sift again. Stir into butter mixture in 2 additions to make soft dough. In small handfuls, press about two-thirds over bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) fluted tart pan with removable bottom.

Form remaining pastry into disc; between waxed paper, roll out to 9-inch (23 cm) circle. Using fluted pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick strips. Refrigerate strips and shell until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

In bowl, beat together brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and cornstarch until combined; beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in walnuts and cherries. Scrape into pastry shell.

Whisk egg yolk with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water; brush over pastry rim. Arrange pastry strips over filling to leave 1/4-inch (5 mm) space between each. Trim ends of strips; press to adhere to rim. Brush strips with egg wash. Bake in bottom third of 375°F (190°C) oven until pastry is firm and edges have darkened, about 40 minutes. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Cover for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 12 servings:</b> about

  • Sodium 166 mg
  • Protein 7 g
  • Calories 438.0
  • Total fat 26 g
  • Cholesterol 87 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 49 g

%RDI

  • Iron 15.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 22.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 15.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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