Saturday, May 7, 2011

Chocolate Truffle Tart


Chocolate Truffle Tart,
do I really need to say anything more?  This recipe is really easy to make, your guests will be impressed.  Or if your just making it for yourself, it'll impress you.



Ingredients

For crust:
28 chocolate wafers such as Nabisco Famous, finely ground in a food processor (1 1/2 cups) (If these are not available, use Oreos)
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled completely. 

For filling:
1/2 lb fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao if marked), coarsely chopped
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Make crust:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap a sheet of foil over bottom of pan (in case of leaks). Lightly butter side of pan.
Stir together ground wafers and butter in a bowl until combined, then pat mixture evenly onto bottom of pan and 1 1/2 inches up side. Bake until crust is slightly puffed, about 10 minutes, then cool completely in pan on a rack, about 15 minutes. Leave oven on.

Make filling while crust cools:
Melt chocolate and butter in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth, then remove from heat and cool 5 minutes.
Whisk together eggs, cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk chocolate mixture into egg mixture until combined well.

Assemble and bake tart:
Pour filling into cooled crust and rap pan once on counter to eliminate any air bubbles. Bake until filling 1 inch from edge is set and slightly puffed but center trembles slightly when pan is gently shaken, 20 to 25 minutes. (Center will continue to set as it cools.)
Cool tart completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours.

Chill, uncovered, until center is firm, about 4 hours. Remove side of pan and sprinkle with cocoa to serve.




So for a lark, ok I was out of whipping cream, so I used sour cream.  It added a spark of life to this dessert that made it amazing.

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