Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chocolate Ganache Tart

I just watched the latest episode of Everyday Baking. I have vowed to bake more this year...though I don't need all of the sweets or carbs, I am trying to become a better cook all around...so off I go.

John Barricelli is an amazing baker...he is one of Martha's favorite and if you haven't seen his show, he is awesome. The recipes are very easy, and his demonstrations are so easy to follow. This ganache looked so silky and luscious...I have to try it. Here is a link to the recipe and his demo video, and you can see how simple this is to make.


Serves 10
3 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
6 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make dough: In a food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add sugar, flour, zest (if desired), and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, pulsing until coarse crumbs form with no large butter lumps (dough should clump together when squeezed with fingers).
Immediately transfer dough to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan.
Bake in center of oven until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
Make ganache: Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour hot cream, through a sieve, over chocolate. Stir until smooth and creamy in texture. Mix in vanilla.
Pour chocolate mixture into center of cooled tart shell (if chocolate is lumpy, pass through a sieve). Let stand until set, about 2 hours, or chill for 1 hour.

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