Chocolate, Chocolate, Expresso Pecan Tart

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

I made this recipe for our annual Christmas open house last night, and I wish that I had made two, because it didn’t last long.

It’s a three-stage process, but the crust, and pecans can be made two to three days before and kept refrigerated. The final assembly can be accomplished twenty-four hours ahead of time, and then served the big day.

Oh, and since this is such a rich cake, cut the slices small. You can probably get 12 slices out of one tart.

So, let’s get cooking…


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Serves:

10-12

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

THE PECANS

1 medium
egg, white
1/2 Tbsp
sugar, granulated variety
1 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
1 tsp
ground cinnamon, i like saigon cinnamon
1/4 tsp
salt, table variety
1 1/2 c
pecan halves

THE CRUST

1 c
chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (see my recipe on making this from scratch: Ground Chocolate Cookie Wafer Base )
1/4 c
sugar, granulated variety
1 tsp
ground cinnamon, i like saigon cinnamon
1/8 tsp
salt, table variety
5 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted, melted

THE FILLING

1 c
heavy cream
4 oz
bittersweet chocolate
3 oz
semisweet chocolate
1 tsp
espresso powder
4 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted, and cut into four pieces
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
ground cinnamon, i like saigon cinnamon
1/4 tsp
salt, table variety

Directions Step-By-Step

1
THE PECANS
2
Place a rank in the middle position, and preheat oven to 340°F ().
3
In a bowl large enough to hold the pecans, combine all of the ingredients, except the pecans, and whisk until fully incorporated.
4
Add the pecans and toss until completely coated, and then spread out in a single layer on the parchment lined baking sheet.
5
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
6
After cooling, separate the pecans, remove any extra or additional coating, and reserve.
7
THE CRUST
8
Add the dry ingredients to bowl, and mix with a fork until fully incorporated.
9
Add the melted butter, and mix with a fork until all of the crumbs are moistened.
10
Using a tart pan, approximately 9 inches in diameter, press the crumb-butter mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.
11
Chefs note: the type of pan here is rather important it needs to be a tart pan that has a removable bottom.
12
Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat oven to 350°F ().
13
Place the tart pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the crust is set.
14
Allow the crust to thoroughly cool on a wire rack.
15
THE FILLING
16
Add the cream to a saucepan and warm up to a light simmer.
17
Reduce heat to the lowest possible setting, and then add the chocolate and stir until fully melted.
18
At one piece of butter and stir until melted, and then do the same for the other three pieces of butter; one piece at a time.
19
Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and then stir until fully combined.
20
Add the mixture to the cooled crust, and place in the refrigerator and allow to cool for 30 minutes. This will partially set the filling.
21
Remove from the fridge, and arrange the pecans on top in a nice decorative pattern.
22
Chefs tip: I added a bit of decoration by using some white chocolate in a pastry bag and doing a squiggly pattern over the top.
23
Return the tart to the refrigerator and allow to completely set for a minimum of four hours. Enjoy…
24
Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chocolate, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Low Sodium, Soy Free