Chocolate and chilli tart with crème fraîche and lime

February 13, 2017


Pastry case

  • 250g of plain flour
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • 35g of ground almonds
  • 125g of unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Chocolate and chilli filling

  • 400g of 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 350ml of double cream
  • 3/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 150ml of milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten

To serve

  • 4 dollops of crème fraîche
  • lime zest


  1. To begin the chocolate tart, prepare the pastry case. In a mixing bowl, crumb the flour, icing sugar, ground almonds and butter together.
  2. Add the eggs and blend together, handling as little as possible, until just mixed. Wrap in cling film and rest the pastry in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. To begin the filling, heat the double cream and milk to the boil, then add the chilli flakes. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 1 hour.
  4. Grease and line your tart ring. Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick. Push the pastry into the corners evenly and then line with baking parchment before filling with baking beads.
  5. Blind bake at 190˚C until the pastry is lightly golden, around 10 minutes. Remove the baking beads and return to the oven in order to colour the base until the pastry is golden brown, around 10-15 minutes.
  6. After removing the pastry from the oven, use a pastry brush to glaze it with the egg yolk. This will seal the case for the chocolate mixture.
  7. To make the chocolate mixture, place the chocolate in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Strain the infused chilli cream and bring back to the boil.
  8. Once boiled, pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has fully melted. Slowly add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  9. Preheat the oven to 150ºC. Pour the mix into the prepared pastry case and carefully transfer to the oven.
  10. Bake until the mix is just set, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool but do not refrigerate.
  12. To serve, slice the tart with a hot knife and plate with a dollop of crème fraiche and the zest of the lime.

by Chef Robert Thompson

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