Pies and Tarts

Chocolate Ricotta Tart
Chocolate Ricotta Tart

With its golden buttery crust and flavour full filling, a tasty pie is a must for parties, picnics or family meals.

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Spinach & Ricotta Pie
Spinach & Ricotta Pie

Chocolate & Mint Tart

Chocolate & Mint Tart

  • Ingredients
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 250g (12/3 cups) plain flour
  • 125g butter, chilled, coarsely chopped
  • 60g (1/3 cup) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tbs cold water
  • Egg white, to brush

Mint ganache

  • 300g white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 150ml cream
  • 2 tbs creme de menthe

Dark chocolate ganache

  • 3 x 100g pkts Lindt Excellence Mint Intense Dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) pouring cream
  • Method
  1. Step 1Lightly grease a 22cm (base measurement) fluted tart tin, with removable base, with melted butter.
  2. Step 2Process the flour, butter, sugar and cocoa in a food processor until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and water and process until the dough starts to come together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Shape into a disc. Cover and place in the fridge for 10 minutes to rest. Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper to a 3mm-thick disc. Line the base and sides of the prepared tin with the pastry. Trim any excess. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to rest.
  3. Step 3Preheat oven to 180C. Place the tin on baking tray. Line the pastry with baking paper and fill with pastry weights or rice. Bake for 10 minutes or until firm. Remove the paper and pastry weights or rice. Bake for 10 minutes. Brush any cracks with egg white. Set aside to cool.
  4. Step 4To make the mint ganache, place the chocolate in heatproof bowl. Place the cream in a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and set aside for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Stir in the creme de menthe. Pour over the pastry and place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
  5. Step 5To make the dark chocolate ganache, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place the cream in a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Pour cream over chocolate. Set aside for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Pour over mint ganache and place in the fridge for 3 hours to set.

Australian Good Taste – January 2012 , Page 84
Recipe by Kathy Knudsen

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