I figured since February is National Chocolate Month and Valentine’s Day is just days away I should post a little something sweet.  When I started thinking about what dessert recipe to share this is the first one that came to mind.  It is a flourless chocolate tart and it never disappoints.  I love to make this when I need to take a dessert somewhere.  It presents beautifully and looks like a lot of work…but really it isn’t much work at all.

 

Flourless Chocolate Tart

1 cup pecans

1 cup walnuts

3/4 cup granulated sugar

4 T butter, melted

16 oz semisweet or dark chocolate chips

2 cups milk (dairy or nondairy)

2 T cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (or gas mark 5).  Pulverize pecans, walnuts and sugar in a food processor.  Add butter and process until a thick batter forms.  Press into a 9-10 inch tart pan.   Bake the crust for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in double-boiler or microwave.

In a saucepan, heat milk over medium heat.  It should be scalding hot, but not boiling.  While milk is heating, combine cornstarch and water in a separate bowl or measuring cup until completely dissolved, creating your thickener.

Add melted chocolate to milk and whisk til thoroughly combine.  Add cornstarch mixture and stir well.  Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  The chocolate mixture will slowly thicken.  Pour mixture into the baked tart shell and chill at least 2 hours or for as long as overnight.

from The Vegan Table

Because it is such a rich dessert I usually serve it with some fruit to lighten it up a bit.  Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are wonderful either as a topping or on the side.

Being stuck inside with subzero temps makes it a perfect day for a little baking–enjoy!

Alison

5 Responses to Chocolate Tart

  1. Sara says:

    Oh wow, this looks delicious. I saw your blog listed on The Kind Life and the name really got my attention. Lovely blog!

  2. Tara says:

    Super excited about this dessert! Even gave it to a friend to make for his sweetheart! And again… these pictures are cookbook worthy.

  3. Laurel says:

    Gorgeous! The tart and the pictures! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  4. Dina says:

    i love flourless chocolate cakes! the nut crust is a nice touch–and a good way to get some protein!

  5. susan says:

    these photos are deliciously gorgeous. your tart is fantastic as well!

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