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A Rich, Chocolate-y Tart for Your Favorite Sweetheart!

Valentine’s Day is less than three weeks away! This year why not spoil your favorite sweetheart with a rich and chocolate-y homemade tart? It makes for a beautiful presentation and best yet…it’s super easy!

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Raspberry Topped Chocolate Tart with Pecan Crust

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Only 8 ingredients – so easy!
  • 2 cups pecans (about 8 ounces); toasted
  • 6 tablespoons packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped or in chip form
  • 1 pint+ raspberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 325°F. Finely grind pecans, sugar and cinnamon in a food processor. Add butter and process until moist clumps form. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of four 4-inch diameter tart pans with removable bottoms. NOTE: I use one 9 inch pan instead and increase the cream to 1 cup. All other measurements remain the same.

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Process toasted pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon to a fine crumb.
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As you add the melted butter, mixture will start to clump.
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Gently press crust mixture into tart pan or pans.

Bake crusts until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

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Cool crust on wire rack while completing next step.

Bring cream to simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until melted and smooth. Pour mixture into crusts, dividing equally. Chill until set, about 1 hour. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill until ready to proceed to the next step.

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Add chocolate to whipping cream that has been brought to a simmer and removed from heat.
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Stir chocolate until fully blended with the whipping cream.
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Let the filled tart or tarts chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.

Arrange raspberries over tops of tarts. Stir jam in heavy small saucepan over low heat until melted. Brush melted jam over raspberries.

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NOTE: Original recipe from Bon Appetit, October 1995 (see cover photo below). The recipe states that it makes 4 individual/4-inch servings. I think a couple could easily split one as it’s quite rich. If using a 9 inch tart pan, plan for 8-12 servings.

The original on the cover of Bon Appetit!

Check out more favorite Natty Gal recipes HERE!

Until next time…keep cultivating that simple, stylish and satisfying life!

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