Choco­late, hazel­nut & salted caramel tart

Easy Cook - - EASTER CHOCOLATE -

Serves 12 Prep 40 mins plus cool­ing and chill­ing Cook 45-50 mins 48p a por­tion 424 kcals, fat 31g, sat. fat 16g, sugar 19g

FOR THE HAZEL­NUT PAS­TRY 50g blanched hazel­nuts

200g plain flour

1 tbsp ic­ing sugar

140g cold but­ter, diced

1 egg yolk flour, for dust­ing FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL 75g caster sugar

25g but­ter

100ml dou­ble cream

1 tbsp golden syrup large pinch sea salt flakes

50g blanched hazel­nuts, toasted & chopped FOR THE CHOCO­LATE FUDGE FILL­ING 100g dark choco­late (70%)

75g but­ter

2 large eggs, plus

1 yolk 50g caster sugar

1 tbsp co­coa

To make the pas­try, whizz the hazel­nuts in a food pro­ces­sor un­til finely ground. Add the flour, ic­ing sugar and but­ter, and pulse un­til re­sem­bling bread­crumbs. Add the egg yolk and 1-2 tbsp cold wa­ter, and pulse un­til the dough comes to­gether. Tip out, flat­ten into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. On a floured sur­face, roll out the pas­try to line a 23cm loose-bot­tomed tart tin. Trim the edges and prick the base with a fork, then line with bak­ing parch­ment and fill with bak­ing beans. Bake for 20 mins, then re­move the beans and parch­ment and bake for 5-10 mins more un­til golden. Cool.

To make the salted caramel, heat the sugar and 1-2 tbsp wa­ter in a pan to dis­solve. Turn up the heat and cook un­til you get an am­ber caramel. Re­duce the heat, add the but­ter, cream and golden syrup, and stir un­til thick­ened. Take off the heat, add the salt, then cool for a few mins. Spread the caramel on the tart and scat­ter over the hazel­nuts.

For the fudge fill­ing, melt the choco­late and but­ter in a bowl over a pan of sim­mer­ing wa­ter. Stir un­til smooth, re­move from the heat and al­low to cool slightly. Whisk the eggs, yolk and sugar for 6 mins un­til thick. Fold in the melted choco­late and co­coa, then pour into the tart case. Bake for 20-25 mins on a bak­ing sheet un­til set and the top has a crust.

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