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Creme Brulee Tart

Author: Baking with Granny

Ingredients

For the Pastry

  • 100 g Butter
  • 200 g Plain Flour
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 50 g Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tbsp Cold Water

For the Filling

  • 300 ml Double Cream
  • 100 ml Whole Milk
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract/Paste
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 100 g Caster Sugar plus extra to top with

Instructions

For the Pastry

  • In a large bowl, rub the butter and flour together until it resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add the caster sugar and cocoa powder and mix to combine.
  • In a small bowl, melt the dark chocolate (over a bain marie or in short bursts in the microwave). Whilst stirring the melted chocolate, gradually add the milk to create a ganache.
  • Add the ganache to the dry ingredients and mix. Add the water a spoonful at a time and mix to create a stiff dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes before wrapping in cling film and setting aside in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • Generously grease a 21cm tart tin with butter and pre-heat your oven to 170°c (or 150°c for fan assisted ovens or Gas Mark 3). Place a tray large enough for your tart tin to sit upon into the oven to warm up too.
  • Roll your dough into a circle large enough to drape into your prepared tin with a small amount of pastry hanging over the edge. Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 20 minutes on top of the warmed baking tray before removing the baking beans and continuing to bake for a further 10 minutes.

For the Filling

  • Set aside the chocolate pastry case to cool and reduce the oven to 140°c (or 120°c for fan assisted ovens or Gas Mark 1).
  • In a pan, warm the cream, milk and vanilla to a simmer. In a heat-proof bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until pale, before gradually adding the warmed milk & cream over, whilst continuing to whisk.
  • Pour the custard mixture into a jug and place your chocolate pastry case into the oven, again on top of the the pre-heated tray. Pour the custard mixture into the pastry case and bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden and the custard has a slight wobble.
  • Trim the excess edges from the pastry. Allow your custard to cool a little before spooning with sugar and using a creme brulee torch to caramelise to a lovely golden brown.