Saturday, November 12, 2011

Triple chocolate praline tart

It's my birthday today!  I guess I shouldn't sound too excited as that means it is yet another year gained, and we all know what it means to a woman as we age yet another year... Sigh.

But on such a lovely day, I reckon I should write about something really delicious that I made about two weeks back. I've been meaning to bake this tart for at least a year now, and after finally getting around to doing so, I really wonder why did I procrastinate for so long. It's amazing.

Triple chocolate praline tart

Mise en place
Roasted hazelnuts for making praline


First of all, let's start with the roasted hazelnuts, shall we? I'm a huge fan of hazelnuts and the mention of hazelnut praline brings my anticipation of this dessert to yet another level. A pity my food processor couldn't really grind the praline down to a smoother consistency, but it's okay, I get little crunches hazelnut brittle crunch in each mouthful, and I'm certainly not complaining about that fact...


I must say that this is the best chocolate tart I've ever eaten! Okay, maybe not the best-est. But one of the best really. And it's homemade too! How awesome is that. The crust was crunchy and really good (I rolled it out quite thinly between plastic wrap). The filling, oh the filling, creamy milk chocolate mixed with crunchy hazelnut praline, really, my heart didn't had a chance against it. The dark chocolate topping was just right to cut the sweetness of the milk chocolate layer. And the excess hazelnut praline sprinkled atop the tart was essentially a fireworks finish to the perfect tart.

In short, I highly recommend it.


On a side note, I've been trying to re-read the Twilight series again as the first instalment of the last movie, Breaking Dawn is going to be out in cinemas in two weeks' time. I'm currently at the second book, New Moon, and as usual, the paragraph that aptly summarises the book's essence and jumps out the most is:

"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. very dark, but there were stars - points of light and reason... And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn't see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything."


I never fail to swoon sigh at that. Perhaps I'm not that cynical as I thought I was, and am a closet romantic after all.


Triple chocolate praline tart (adapted from Gourmet Traveller)

Chocolate tart pastry
100g plain flour
30g icing sugar, sifted
15g Valrhona cocoa
pinch of fine sea salt
50g cold butter, coarsely chopped
1 egg yolk

Process flour, icing sugar, salt and cocoa in a food processor until combined. Add butter, process until mixture resembles fine crumbs, then add egg yolk, process to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and bring pastry together with the heel of your hand. Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour to rest.
Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick and line a 6" diameter tart tin, trimming edges.  Gather remaining dough, roll to line a 3" tart tin. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then blind bake for 8-10 minutes, remove paper and weights and bake until dry and crisp (10-15 minutes).

Milk chocolate praline filling
75g hazelnuts, roasted and skins removed
85g caster sugar
150ml whipping cream
200g milk chocolate, finely chopped

Spread hazelnuts on an oiled baking tray, set aside. Combine sugar and 30ml water in a small saucepan, stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, cook until dark caramel in colour (4-5 minutes), pour over nuts. Stand until cool and set (8-10 minutes), process in a food processor until finely ground, set aside. Bring cream to the simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, add chocolate, stir until smooth, remove from heat, stir in two-thirds of praline mixture (reserve remaining to serve). Spoon into pastry case, smooth top, refrigerate until just set (1½-2 hours).

Topping
65ml (1/3 cup minus 1 tbsp) whipping cream
15ml (1 tbsp) low fat milk
80g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Combine cream and milk in a small saucepan, bring to the simmer over medium-high heat. Add dark chocolate, remove from heat, stir until smooth. Spread over tart, refrigerate until just set (45 minutes-1 hour). Cut into wedges with a hot knife and serve immediately scattered with reserved praline.

18 comments:

  1. Happy birthday :D 

    That photo of your mise en place is perhaps one of the nicest mise en place I've ever seen :) And hazelnuts are my fave too - I just love hazelnut praline and I think I got the same recipe bookmarked somewhere, haven't got about to trying it yet, but your post is definitely bumping it up to a must-try list now ;p

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  2. Happy birthday!  This looks deeeevine :).

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  3. This looks absolutely stunning. I bet the praline just tips it over the edge, yum. 

    (And much as I'd like to not enjoy Twilight, I do. Lovely quote!)

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  4. Happy belated Birthday! This tart looks so sinful and rich and perfect! Beautiful photography too.

    I'm a total closet Twilight fan (well, I guess I just let it out). :D
    Such a great quote!

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  5. thanks janine! yes you definitely should soon i cant wait to make it again man. it's really that good. :)

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  6. yeps. the praline is what makes it totally heavenly... yep, everyone's actually a closet fan. ;)

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  7. thank you! cant wait for the last movie hey? (:

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  8. I couldn't resist pinning your  yummy chocolate photo here
     http://pinterest.com/carolegbert/

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  9. This looks absolutely dee-vine!! You make me wish I could cook... ;-)

    Cheers!
    Ez

    www.lifestylen.blogspot.com

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  10. ditto Janine's comments on the mise en place. looks like your new place is really good at catching light. :)

    belated happy birthday btw!!! 

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  11. thanks much alan. you're right, i really love the light at the new place! :)

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  12. Love your blog, pics and cake recipes! I've tried this amazing praline choc tarts and it was a huge success ;), all of my friends (even my boss) loved it .. will definitely try some more of your recipes in the future

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  13. Love your blog, pics and cake recipes! I've tried your amazing praline choc tart and it was a huge success... all of my friends (even my boss) loved it. Will definitely try some more of your recipes!...
    Note:  The pictures of your cakes.. they look great.. just like a real food ads

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  14. thank u, i love the choc praline tart too and was real glad to have found the recipe! :)

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  15. Hello there! I just wanted to enquire about what type of chocolate you use for the tart. Which brand is it and which specific variety? Thanks :)

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  16. Its looks awesome! So the recipe makes 2 tarts? Could it make a 9-inch tart?

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  17. hi it makes a 6" and a smaller 3" tart. the original recipe makes a 11" tart (i halved it), so perhaps u could use the original proportions to get a 9" (and a bit extra) tart! :)

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