Silky Chocolate & Raspberry Tart
TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 55 MINUTES (INCLUDING CHILLING TIME)
150 mL whole milk
500 mL double cream
65 g golden caster sugar
300 g good quality dark chocolate (ideally 70% cocoa solids), broken into small squares
2 medium free-range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200 g fresh raspberries, plus extra to serve (optional)
For the Crisp Chocolate Pastry:
175 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
25 g good quality cocoa powder
50 g icing sugar
100 g chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 medium free range egg yolk
4 tsp cold water
For the pastry, sift the flour, cocoa powder, icing sugar and a pinch of salt into a food processor. Add the butter and whizz until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Beat the egg yolk briefly with the water. Add to the food processor and whizz until the mixture starts to stick together.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Shape into a flat disc, wrap in cling film, then chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out thinly on a flour-dusted surface. Use it to line a 25cm (across the top), 4 centimetres deep, loose-bottomed tart tin. Trim the pastry edges, then chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Put a baking sheet onto the middle shelf of the oven and pre-heat to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line the pastry case with a sheet of crumpled baking paper and a thin layer of baking beans or rice, then blind bake on the pre-heated baking tray for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans/rice and blind bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and crisp. Turn the oven down to 170°C (150°C fan-forced).
For the filling, put the milk, cream and sugar into a pan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring gently. Take off the heat, add the chocolate squares and stir until smooth. Cool slightly, add the eggs and vanilla extract, then mix together well.
Scatter the raspberries in the tart case. Pour over the filling, carefully slide the tart back onto the baking sheet in the oven, then bake for 20-30 minutes or until the filling is cooked but still slightly wobbly. It will continue firming up as it cools.
Remove and leave to cool somewhere cold (but not in the fridge) until set. Serve cut into thin slices.