Chocolate Orange Tart

Impress your dinner party guests with this rich and decadent chocolate orange tart with a Triple Sec cream, as seen on the hit BBC series, Britain's Best Home Cook.

Britain's Best Home Cook
From the book Britain's Best Home Cook
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Introduction

The orange zest cuts through the rich creaminess of this tart, making it seem almost refreshing, especially when served chilled.

Serves 10

Ingredients

For the chocolate pastry:
200g (7oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
3 tbsp cocoa powder
50g (2oz) icing sugar
grated zest of 1 orange
150g (5oz) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 egg, beaten
For the filling:
300ml (½ pint) double cream
grated zest of 2 oranges
150g (5oz) dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces
75g (3oz) milk chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp triple sec
2 eggs, beaten
For the triple sec cream topping:
300ml (½ pint) double cream
grated zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp triple sec
cocoa powder, for dusting

Essential kit

You will need: a food processor, a 24cm (9½in) round fluted loose-bottomed tart tin and baking beans.

Instructions

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling. Cook time: 50 minutes.

1. For the pastry, sift the flour, cocoa powder and icing sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Add the orange zest and chilled butter and blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively, rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips. Add the egg and use your hands to bring the dough together until it forms a smooth ball. If it is still crumbly, add one or two drops of water, being careful not to overdo it. Flatten the ball, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes until well chilled but still pliable.

2. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas 6.

3. Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Roll out the pastry to about 3mm (⅛in) thick and use to line a 24cm (9½in) round fluted loose-bottomed tart tin. Cover and chill for 15 minutes. Prick the base of the pastry all over with a fork, line with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and blind bake for 20 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes until the pastry is cooked through and biscuity.

4. For the filling, put the cream and orange zest in a pan and cook over a medium heat until barely simmering. Add the dark and milk chocolate, vanilla and triple sec and stir until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat. Add the beaten eggs and immediately begin whisking very quickly until the mixture is smooth and thick. It is important you don’t delay here, otherwise the eggs will scramble and the mixture will not be smooth.

5. Pour the mixture into the baked tart shell and bake for 12 minutes, until just set. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until well chilled. Alternatively, the tart can be served warm.

6. For the triple sec cream topping, put the cream, zest and liqueur in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Slice the tart and serve with a dollop of the cream and a dusting of cocoa.

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