Chocolate and Cherry Tart

Crisp chocolate pastry filled with a decadently rich chocolate ganache mousse and a base of cherry compote laced with kirsch. For a true showstopper decorate with swirls of whipped cream, grated chocolate, cherry compote and a few mint leaves.

RECIPE INFO

Serves 6-8

Preparation Time
min

Cook time
min

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Cook's NoteRequires resting, cooling and setting time. The pastry can be made a few days in advance but will require to be left at room temperature to soften before rolling.
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INGREDIENTS

Pastry

  • 170g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 100g butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk plus 3-4 teaspoons chilled water

Ganache filling

  • 200g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, broken into small pieces
  • 200ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar

Cherry filling

  • 300g stoned cherries, fresh or frozen
  • Zest ½ lemon
  • 50ml water
  • 200g black or Morello cherry jam/conserve
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch or brandy
  • 200ml whipped cream, 25g grated dark chocolate and a few mint leaves for decorating
  • Baking paper and baking beans

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/Gas Mark 3.

To make the chocolate pastry, sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a bowl, add the butter and rub together using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Add the egg yolk and 3-4 teaspoons of chilled water to bring the mixture together to form a dough. Wrap in plastic food wrap and place into the refrigerator or a cool place to rest for approximately 20 minutes.

Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface to form a rectangle 18cm x 38cm and carefully line the tin. For easy transfer to the tin, use a large thin-bladed metal turner or palette knife to loosen the pastry from the worktop, roll the pastry around the rolling pin then unroll into the tin starting from one end and finishing at the other.

Carefully press the pastry into the flutes, trim any excess above the tin and prick the base with a fork in several places. Place a piece of scrunched up baking paper inside, large enough to cover the base, and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 15 minutes, remove the paper and baking beans and return to the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin.

To make the cherry filling, place the cherries, lemon zest, water and cherry jam into a small pan, bring to the boil and cook for 8-10 minutes until the fruit has softened. Stir in the cornflour and water mixture and continue to cook until thick and glossy. Stir in the kirsch or brandy and set to one side to cool.

To make the ganache filling, place the chocolate into a bowl and heat the double cream in a small pan to boiling point. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and leave to melt. Once melted stir to combine and allow the mixture to completely cool and become thick. Sieve in the icing sugar and using an electric whisk whip the mixture for 2-3 minutes until it has become lighter in colour and texture.

To make up, spread the cherry filling over the base of the baked pastry case reserving a few spoons for decorating. Top with the ganache filling, smooth over the surface and place into the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes to set.

Remove the filled tart from the tin and slide from the base onto a serving plate.

Decorate with piped swirls of whipped cream, grated chocolate and the reserved cherry filling. Finish with some fresh mint leaves.

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