5/23/2022

Mascarpone, Coffee and Chocolate Tart

 This is one of our family favourites. It always seems be a hit with people, so am going to add it to my 'to make' list for our little Close's Jubilee party.

It's  lovely mixture of chocolate, mascarpone with a hint of coffee, all in a pastry case. Doesn't need much cooking - just the pastry case.

You need:

a pack of shortcrust pastry [or of course make your own]
200g dark chocolate
250g mascarpone
1 dspn instant Espresso coffee
3 egg whites
pinch salt
80g caster sugar
chocolate shavings to decorate [opt]

Preheat oven 180C/gas4                     Grease a 21cm tart tin/dish

Roll pastry out to fit the tin, prick with a fork and bake blind for 10 mins.

Break chocolate up and put into a pan; sprinkle a little water over and melt on a low heat.

Once it's melted, take off the heat and add half the mascarpone and 1 dspn of instant Espresso coffee powder and mix well.

Take the pastry out of the oven, cool then add the chocolate mixture. Put in fridge for an hour.

Whisk the egg whites to peaks with the salt then add the rest of the mascarpone and the sugar. Mix together.

Take the tart out of the fridge, put onto a plate then spoon over the cream mixture. Sprinkle over some chocolate shavings if you want.

 I decided to pipe a little of the cream mixture on the top before adding the shavings. You get a crunchy pastry, then a layer of chocolate with a good hint of coffee, which contrasts nicely with the pastry texture, then the soft creamy topping and the crunchy bits of chocolate shavings. If you don't want such a deep chocolate layer, you could use a larger tart tin.

1 comment:

Phil in the Kitchen said...

That's a great idea for a celebration tart and if we can't treat ourselves at the Jubilee then when can we? I love all that chocolatey richness. Almost all of my neighbours seem to be health and fitness fanatics, so my 'to make' list is a little empty so far.

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