Chocolate Amarula Tart with Chocolate Shards

If you have a loose-bottom flan tin, use it to make this tart. The pecan crust will crisp up beautifully and brushing the inside of the baked crust with melted chocolate keeps it that way, even if filled the day before.

YOU WILL NEED

Pecan crust

  • 1 cup (100 g) pecan nuts
  • 11 Tennis biscuits
  • 4 T (60 ml) soft brown sugar
  • ½ t (2,5 ml) ground cinnamon
  • 4 T (60 ml) melted butter
  • 90 g dark chocolate, melted

Dark chocolate chards for garnish

  • 90 g dark chocolate
  • 2 rectangles of baking paper 40 cm x 30 cm
  • 1 cardboard core from an empty roll of kitchen paper or foil - cut open along the length and roll up tighter until it is 2.5 cm in diameter. Secure roll with cellotape.

Mousse filling

Method
Pecan crust

Adjust the oven rack to the middle shelf. Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Chop the pecan nuts and biscuits in a processor until finely crumbed. Add the sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Process until well blended. Press the mixture onto the base and up the sides of a 22 – 23 cm loose-bottom flan tin. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and crispy. Leave to cool. Brush the inside of the crust with melted chocolate.

Dark chocolate chards for garnish

Gently melt the chocolate in a small bowl over hot water. Spread the chocolate on one sheet of baking paper leaving a wide border. Lay the second sheet on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the chocolate between the sheets of baking paper. Roll the paper, with chocolate in-between, around the cardboard core and secure with paper clips or pegs. Leave to set hard in the fridge or freezer. Unroll the paper, pull the top sheet straight while unrolling, this will splinter the chocolate on the bottom sheet into slightly rounded shards.

Mousse filling

Measure Amarula and water into a medium sized mixing bowl. Sprinkle contents of Chocolate Mousse pack over the Amarula and beat until well blended. In a smaller mixing bowl, whip the cream until soft peak stage. Beat half of the whipped cream into the Mousse Mix then fold in the remaining cream with a spatula until well blended. Pour into the cooled pecan crust. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

To decorate

Release the tart from the rim of the loose bottom pan and place it on a cake stand. Unroll the chocolate shards and pile on top of the tart. Dust with cocoa powder.

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