Friday, February 24, 2012


Chocolate Ganache, Lavender Cream and Raspberry Tart

This recipe has been one of the most viewed on my blog, from Fiona, who displayed her talents on Masterchef in 2010.

240g plain flour
200g butter
Pinch of salt
300ml thickened cream
1 tbs caster sugar
1 tsp unsprayed lavender flowers, plus extra flowers to serve
1 punnet raspberries

160ml cream
40g butter
180g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Step 1: Place the flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a food processor and blend until the mixture resembles finebreadcrumbs. Add 1-2 teaspoons cold water and blend again until the dough just comes together. Tip out onto a lightly floured board or clean bench and form dough into a disc, enclose in cling film and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.

Step 2: Roll pastry out to 3-5mm thick, then use to line four 10cm loose-bottomed tart tins. Prick the base with a 
fork, then place back in the fridge to rest for about 20 mins.

Step 3: To make the ganache, place the cream and butter in a pan and stir over medium heat until butter has melted. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl, pour over the warm cream, the stir until the chocolate has melted.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the pastry case with baking paper and pastry beads or uncooked rice. Blind-bake for 7-10 minutes, then remove baking paper and beads and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until just golden. Press down any bubbles that have risen up and allow to cool. Remove from tart cases and place on serving plate or clean board.
Step 5: Meanwhile, whip thickened cream with sugar until soft peaks, then stir through lavender flowers. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until needed.

Step 6: Pour the chocolate ganache into the tart shells. Spread evenly with the back of the spoon or palette knife.

Step 7: Top tarts with lavender cream and decorate with raspberries. Decorate tarts with extra lavender flowers.

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