I was in an experimental mood yesterday, so found this American recipe given to me by a friend. It's a sort of traybake pie, with pastry top and bottom and a chocolate filling. I love chocolate in any form and this sounded interesting.
Preheat oven 180C/gas4 Grease and flour a 18x30cm cake tin.
To make the pastry put 250g flour, 250g butter of margarine, an egg yolk and 4 tbspn of water into a processor and blitz. Wrap in cling film and put in fridge to rest.
For the filling beat 6 egg whites till stiff; add 200g caster sugar gently. Mix in 5 egg yolks, one at a time. Add 1 tspn vanilla extract, 140g grated or melted dark chocolate and the juice a a lemon and mix together carefully. Fold in 80g ground hazelnuts or walnuts with a spatula or spoon.
Cut pastry in half and roll out one piece to fit the tin. Spoon over the chocolate filling then top with the other piece of pastry.
Bake for about 30 mins till golden.
You can make a white glacé icing or just sprinkle with icing sugar. Cut into squares when cold.
It's a very short pastry and not too easy to roll out. Maybe the amount of butter is wrong? I rolled it between 2 pieces of clingfilm. There's quite a lot of filling, so I think if I did this again I'd make the slices much smaller. It's very rich with a nice contrast of textures between the pastry and the filling. The chocolate layer isn't too soft; it's given some body by the hazelnuts. There's a hint of lemon in the background. An unusual traybake which makes a good dessert.