It’s is not necessary to spend a huge amount on luxuries, rather to invest wisely your time in making a rich and decadent chocolate tart. Michelin lauded and Master of Culinary Arts, Adam Smith of Restaurant Coworth Park shows you how:

Valrhona Chocolate Tart

Serves 6-8

Step 1 – Sweet pastry

Ingredients:

  • 140g Icing sugar
  • 45g Ground almond
  • 3g Salt
  • 200g Butter
  • 68g Egg yolk
  • 80g T55 flour (1), sifted
  • 250g T55 flour (2), sifted

Method:

  • Beat the icing sugar, ground almonds, salt and butter together in a large bowl until white
  • Slowly add the egg yolks that have been allowed to get to room temperature
  • Then slowly add the first batch of sifted flour (1) in stages
  • Once combined, then add flour (2) in two stages and bring together
  • Allow the mix to rest for an hour in the fridge
  • Next, take an 8inch tart ring and grease with a very small amount of vegetable oil
  • Roll the pastry to 5mm thickness and line the ring, ensuring to get all the sides perfectly straight
  • Chill for 20 min in the fridge and trim the top of the ring flat with a sharp knife
  • Line the tart base with Clingfilm and baking beans, blind baking the tart for 15 min in the oven at 165oc
  • After 15 min, remove the Clingfilm and beans and bake the tart case for a further 8 min until cooked
  • Allow the tart case to cool before removing it from the tart ring

Step 2 – Milk chocolate tart mix

Ingredients:

  • 450g Milk chocolate (must be a couverture with minimum 36% cocoa solids)
  • 225g Whipping cream
  • 40g Butter

Method:

  • Melt the chocolate Au Bain Marie over hot water
  • In a separate pan, bring the cream and butter to the boil, then pour over the chocolate
  • Slowly fold the two components together and then blend with a stick blender to ensure it is velvety smooth.
  • Once at around 35oc in temperature, pour into the cooked tart case and allow to set at room temperature for a couple of hours. (Top tip is not to put the tart into the fridge)

Step 3 – Cocoa glaze

Ingredients:

  • 50gr Cocoa powder, sifted
  • 120gr Water
  • 150gr Sugar
  • 85gr Whipping cream
  • 10gr Gelatine leaves, soaked (bronze)

Method:

  • Place the cocoa powder, water, sugar and cream into a pan and bring to the boil
  • Add the gelatine and whisk until dissolved, pass through a fine sieve
  • Cooldown to 35oc in an ice bath
  • Then pour a very thin layer on top of the set milk chocolate tart and allow to set
  • Your milk chocolate tart will then be ready to enjoy!

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Restaurant Coworth Park, Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE

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