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White Chocolate, Cardamom and Raspberry Tart with a Pecan and Hazelnut Base

by Lucy Carr-Ellison, Jemima Jones from A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London

The perfect mix of sharp raspberry and sweet white chocolate, this tart by Tart London also boasts a heavenly hazelnut and pecan base for a dinner party showstopper of a dessert.

From the book

Introduction

This is one of our best desserts – it might even be Jemima’s favourite. It is exactly what you want in a dessert, with a crunchy nutty base, luxurious creamy centre and a tart lift from the raspberry. White chocolate and cardamom are a match made in heaven, we are always pairing them – try making white chocolate and cardamom ice cream, it’s divine.

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Ingredients

200g pecans
200g hazelnuts
175g unsalted butter, melted
2 pinches of sea salt
250g mascarpone
100ml double cream
300g good-quality white chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cardamom
250g raspberries

Essential kit

You will need: a food processor and a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Spread both the pecans and hazelnuts out on a baking tray and roast for about 15 minutes until nicely golden. Remove and set aside to cool.

2. Place half the nuts in a food possessor and blitz to a fine powder, then put into a bowl. Blitz the rest of the nuts to a rough crumb, then mix with the powdered nuts. Add the melted butter and a pinch of sea salt and stir to combine. Tip the mixture into a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin and press firmly up the sides and into the bottom of the tin. You want the base to be crunchy and quite thin, rather than a thick crust. Chill in the fridge while you get on with the filling.

3. Put the mascarpone, double cream, white chocolate, vanilla and cardamom into a pan and warm over a low heat, stirring all the time to let the chocolate melt, then add a pinch of salt and remove from the heat.

4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the base. Return to the fridge and leave to set for about 1 hour. 5. Put the raspberries into a sieve suspended over a bowl. Use a spoon to press the raspberries through the sieve, leaving the seeds behind in the sieve. Once done, take the nearly-set tart out of the fridge and use a teaspoon to dot blobs of the raspberry purée over the tart. Turn the teaspoon over and drag the dots a little to create a pretty, swirled effect. Return to the fridge for another 2 hours to set completely.

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From the book: A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London

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