Chocolate Heaven

DSC_0013A Special Treat for a Special Occasion

This is the most indulgent chocolatey dessert that I’ve ever made and it is delicious.  I made it for Valentines Day and so mine looks a bit different!!

Ingredients:

Pastry case:
8 oz plain flour
5 oz butter
1 oz sugar
1 egg

Filling:
250ml cream
125ml milk
250g dark chocolate
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs

To serve and garnish:
Strawberries or raspberries
Mint leaves
Whipped cream

Make the pastry case first.  Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and egg and bring together to form a dough.  Allow to rest for 10 – 15 mins.  Preheat the oven to 180C. In the meantime prepare the tin by greasing with butter and dusting with flour.  I used a heart shaped tin but a deep 8″ tin is ideal.  Roll out the pastry and line the tin.  Dock all over with a fork.  Place greaseproof paper on top of the pastry and then fill the case with ceramic baking beans or use some dried beans or rice.  Of course you could bypass all this by buying a ready made pastry case!  Bake in the oven for 20 mins.  Remove from the oven and take out the beans and greaseproof paper.  Separate one of the eggs and paint the pastry case with some of the egg white.  This egg white layer forms a barrier to prevent the filling from making the pastry soggy.  Return to the oven for a further 10 mins then remove. Reduce the temperature to 160C.DSC_0002

To make the filling place the cream and milk in a saucepan and heat to just below boiling.  Add in the chopped chocolate and stir to melt.  Then add in the sugar and salt.  Using the cracked egg yolk and white from earlier and the remaining egg, whisk up all the egg with a fork and add to the chocolate mixture.  Mix it in well and then pour into the pastry case.  It is best to place your smaller tin onto a baking sheet as it will be easier to move in and out of the oven.  Return to the oven and cook for 20-25mins.  It will look like its not cooked but once it cools and sets it will be the perfect consistency.  DSC_0005

After allowing to set and cool decorate with berries of your choice and mint leaves.  A sprinkle of icing sugar will also look good.  Serve with whipped cream.

 

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