Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart

Dollops of whipped cream top the dessert tart after it cools from the oven. A sprinkling of chopped dark chocolate finishes it off.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  cup cold butter, cut up
  • 1/2  cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 2   egg yolks, beaten
  • 1   tablespoon ice water
  • 1 1/4  cups whipping cream
  • 2   tablespoons hazelnut liqueur
  • 6   ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2   ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1   egg yolk
  • 1  3  ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2   tablespoons sugar
  • 1   tablespoon hazelnut liqueur
  • 1   cup whipping cream
  •  Chocolate-dipped toasted hazelnuts (optional)
  •  Coarsely chopped dark chocolate (optional)
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Directions
1. 
In a medium bowl stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter until pieces are pea size. Stir in nuts. In a small bowl stir together 2 eggs yolks and ice water. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Use your fingers to gently knead the pastry just until a ball forms. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until pastry is easy to handle.
2. 
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten the pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle 11 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry around the rolling pin. Unroll it into a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Press pastry into fluted sides of tart pan; trim edges. (If pastry breaks when it is transferred to the pan, press together to seal.) Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
3. 
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine 1-1/4 cups whipping cream and 2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur. Bring mixture just to simmering over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped chocolates until mixture is smooth. Stir in 1 egg yolk until just combined. Pour mixture into baked tart shell. Bake for 25 minutes or until nearly set. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
4. 
In a medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 1 cup whipping cream just until soft peaks form. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe mixture on top of cooled tart. If desired, top with chocolate-dipped hazelnuts and chopped dark chocolate. Makes 12 servings.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare as directed through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Before serving, let stand at room temperature about 1 hour and continue as directed.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 477, Fat, total (g) 39, chol. (mg) 142, sat. fat (g) 22, carb. (g) 30, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 6, sodium (mg) 145, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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