Wednesday, May 6, 2009

chocolate pretzel tart

Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorite indulgences, so when I received the February issue of Food & Wine magazine, I couldn't wait to try this recipe. I've been waiting for the right opportunity to make this tart since I knew it would be way too dangerous to have around with just the two of us. As I mentioned a few days ago, I made this for Sunday night dessert. It is quite a time commitment, but definitely worth it...Very chocolately & rich!

For the crust you'll need:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups coarsely crushed thin pretzels (3 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

In a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with 3/4 cup of the pretzels and the confectioners’ sugar at low speed until creamy. Beat in the flour and egg. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of pretzels, being sure to leave some pretzel pieces intact. Flatten the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll out the dough between the sheets of plastic wrap to a 12-inch round. Peel off the top sheet and invert the dough over a 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough into the corners and patch any tears. Trim the overhanging dough and refrigerate the shell for 30 minutes or until firm.

Line the shell with parchment paper and fill with pie weights (I used split peas & foil). Bake for about 30 minutes, until nearly set. Remove the parchment and weights and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, until the tart shell is firm; cover the edge with foil if it darkens too much. Let the shell cool completely. Brush the melted chocolate over the bottom and up the side and refrigerate for 10 minutes, until set.

Meanwhile, make the filling:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 pound milk chocolate, chopped
Maldon sea salt, crushed pretzels and crème fraîche, for serving
In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Off the heat, add the milk chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Transfer the filling to a bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

Pour the filling into the shell and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and crushed pretzels. Cut into wedges, top with crème fraîche; serve.


Abby said...

You're right. I could eat the whole thing. I also love chocolate and ... anything salty! Popcorn, chips, you name it. I'm not picky!

Nicole @ Sprinkle with Salt said...

that looks amazing! absolutely one of my favorite combos...

Sarah said...

Abby - Yes, sweet & salty is my favorite combination!

Thanks Nicole - like I mentioned, it was definitely a time commitment to make, but well worth it!