Sweet tooth or not, this is a treat for the eye as well as for Easter. This easy to follow recipe will help you make a spectacular dessert for Easter day – cover in berries for the grown-ups, or with mini eggs for younger ones.

Alternatively, why not dine at this most stunning of five-star hotels in glorious Hampshire countryside. As a recommended Luxury Restaurant Guide location club members enjoy 20% off food and beverages when dining in The Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel, part of Exclusive Hotels, as shown below.

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The Avenue restaurant at Lainston House

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Ingredients

  • Crumble:
  • 90gr butter unsalted (cold)
  • 30gr Demerara sugar
  • 50gr sugar
  • 30gr almond powder
  • 60gr flour
  • 16gr cocoa powder
  • Chocolate cream:
  • 220gr milk
  • 220gr cream whipping
  • 180gr yolks (10 yolks)
  • 80gr sugar
  • 220gr 70% chocolate

Makes : 2 tarts of 20cm diameter

Preparation time : 1 hour

Total time to cook : 8 minutes

Method

Making the crumble base:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in the mixer. (except the butter)
  • Cut the cold butter into small dices then add it to the mix.
  • Mix until it is a breadcrumb texture.
  • Freeze it until firm, then using the food processor, blitz it to thin crumbs.
  • Pour into 2 X 20 cm ring over an oven tray lined with silicon paper.
  • Cook for approximately 10/12 minutes.
  • Allow to cool down in the ring.

Making the chocolate cremeux :

  • Pour the cream and milk into a pan and bring to the boil.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar together (with speed).
  • Melt down the chocolate in a large bowl.
  • Pour the boiled mix over the yolks and stir well.
  • Place the mix back into the pan and cook it to 82 degrees using a thermometer or probe.
  • Pour the cooked cream over the melted chocolate then mix well.
  • Finish the cream using the hand blender until a silky texture.
  • Pour the cream over the 2 cold crumble rings.
  • Reserve in the fridge.

Finishing of the cake :

  • Once set in the fridge slide the tart carefully over a plate.
  • Warm up the edge of the ring with the blow torch and slide the ring up.
  • Decorate the tart with your choice of fruit and chocolate decors.

SEE MORE IMAGES FROM LAINSTON HOUSE …

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The main entrance at Lainston House
lainston kitchen garden 2
The Walled Kitchen Garden
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Step in and have a look around
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The back lawns from Lainston House

Lainston House, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT

Tel : +44 (0)1962 776088

Also, check out the Season Cookery School at Lainston House here.

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