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Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon

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Beautiful recipe of chocolate tart with star anise and cinnamon, a perfect complement to the holiday dinners. Simple, elegant and delicious.

Slice of chocolate tart on blue and white plate

Easy Chocolate Tart- a great dessert for a special occasion

I served this Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon dessert on the Friday after Thanksgiving, last year. It was a great success, especially because everyone by then was already tired of turkey and pumpkin pie!

Very refreshing to have a different type of dessert, even if some of the dishes on the table were still “Thanksgiving” ish…The recipe was inspired by the books of Eric Lanlard, one of my favorite Pastry Chefs out there.

This recipe is very “winter” like. The chocolate ganache is infused with cinnamonnutmeg, and star anise and it is delicious. The crust is a beautiful chocolate flaky pastry that is pre-baked.

The decor is up to you. I decorated the tart with star anise and cinnamon bark. It was beautiful. 

It also looked great on the table. The cocoa powder on top of the tart gave the dessert an elegant look.

Simple, decadent and delicious. Great for the holidays! And why not? Valentines Day is a great occasion too for serving this amazing dessert!

CHOCOLATE TART WITH STAR ANISE AND CINNAMON-on red tablecloth

What kind of ingredients you will need for this recipe?

For the crust:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder- please use real cocoa powder, and not Nesquick or other products that contain sugar, milk and other ingredients to make hot chocolate. I like this one.
  • Powder sugar
  • Unsalted butter – please do not ask me if you can use salted butter. When you bake, use unsalted. You need to control the salt in the crust, if you want to have a good product. Salted butter is OK only if it is absolutely impossible for you to buy unsalted one.
  • Egg yolks
  • Vanilla extract

Chocolate filling:

  • Heavy cream
  • Glucose or honey- Glucose is the European equivalent of corn syrup in the US. The corn syrup is thinner, while glucose is a very dense, heavy transparent mass of sugar syrup that is used in professional baking. Use it if you have it, otherwise use natural honey, as it is closer to the texture of glucose.
  • Vanilla bean
  • Star anise
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Nutmeg
  • Semisweet dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • Unsalted butter

What is the glucose syrup used for?

Glucose syrups prevent biscuits from drying out, keep cakes soft, prevent sugar from crystallizing in sweets and jam and prevent water crystallization in ice creams.”In our recipe, the glucose helps making the chocolate filling shiny and smooth.

Here is a chocolate cake recipe that uses glucose.

How to make chocolate tart with star anise and cinnamon:

Step 1. Chocolate tart crust:

The process is almost the same as for any pie crust. You can do it in a food processor, or you can do it by hand. I chose to do it by hand this time.

Sift the flour, cocoa, and powder sugar together into a large mixing bowl.

ingredients for the chocolate tart crust

Using your fingertips or a pastry tool, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

 mixing the butter with flour for the chocolate tart crust

Add the egg yolks and vanilla. Again, use your fingertips, mix together to make a smooth dough.

making the crust- adding eggs to the flour and butter mixture

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gather it into a ball.

 getting the crust together for the chocolate tart

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before using it.

wrapped crust ready to go in the refrigerator

Any leftover dough can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.

When ready to use it, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 2 inches larger than your pan.

Lift your dough over a rolling pin and lightly drape it over the pan.

Press the dough gently into place with your fingertips.

Prebake the pastry shell as “blind bake”:

Prick the bottom of the pastry shell with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes(this will help to stop it from shrinking during baking.)

CHOCOLATE TART crust ready for blind baking

Place a large piece of parchment paper over the bottom and sides of the pastry shell. Fill the bottom with pie weights or dried uncooked beans.

CHOCOLATE TART crust with beans on top

Bake it at 350F for 8-10 minutes, remove the weight and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until the bottom is dry and crisp.

Leave the pie crust in the pan and continue with your recipe.

Chocolate tart filling:

Gather the ingredients. You will need cinnamon sticks and star anise, which are, in my opinion the stars of this delicious dessert.

cinnamon sticks for the Chocolate tart

I initially grabbed a measuring cup and added all the ingredients to it, but then I realized that I can add everything directly into my cooking pot.

heavy cream and spices for the chocolate filling

Here are the rest of the spices.

CHOCOLATE TART WITH STAR ANISE AND CINNAMON- adding spices to the heavy cream

Pour the cream, glucose(honey), vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and spices into a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Remove immediately from the heat and set aside to steep for 10 minutes.(To steep means soaking the spices in the heavy cream, to extract the flavors.)

CHOCOLATE TART WITH STAR ANISE AND CINNAMON- heating up the heavy cream on the stove

Place the chocolate in a large bowl.

chocolate pieces in a glass bowl

Pour the flavored cream through a strainer over the chocolate.

straining the heavy cream over chocolate

While the mixture is still warm, add the butter and stir gently using a spatula until blended.

Don’t over stir. Pour the mixture into the cooked pastry shell and let set in the refrigerator.

Baked chocolate tart crust with chocolate filling added

Decorate the tart by dusting cocoa powder over it and add fresh cinnamon sticks and star anise to the decor.

CHOCOLATE TART WITH STAR ANISE AND CINNAMON on table

This tart needs to be refrigerated and could be served cold or at room temperature with whipped cream on top next to a cup of coffee or tea.

slice of chocolate tart with whipped cream on top

Can I make the crust in advance, and refrigerate or freeze for later use?

Yes and yes, absolutely. The crust is good in the freezer for about 3 months. However, in the refrigerator can be kept up to 3 days.

What kind of chocolate is best for this chocolate ganache filling:

I always use semi sweet chocolate bars that I chop with a serrated knife or break by hand.

Do not use chocolate chips because they do not melt the way regular chocolate melts. Some of them are also waxy and the taste is not great.

If you absolutely have to use chocolate chips, try to use a quality brand, like Ghirardelli for example. Even Bakers brand is good stuff.

CHOCOLATE TART WITH STAR ANISE AND CINNAMON- on red tablecloth

Enjoy!

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Slice of chocolate tart on blue and white plate-close up square picture
Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Tart With Star Anise And Cinnamon

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Beautiful recipe of chocolate tart with star anise and cinnamon, a perfect complement to the holiday dinners. Simple, elegant and delicious.

Ingredients

Tart crust:

  • 1½ cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter chopped small
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons glucose or honey
  • 1 vanilla bean split
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 7 ounces semisweet dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

To decorate:

  • cinnamon sticks, star anise and unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. How to make the crust:
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, and powder sugar together into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Make a well in the center and add the egg yolks and vanilla. Again, use your fingertips, mix together to make a smooth dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gather it into a ball.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before using it.
  7. Any leftover dough can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.
  8. When ready to use it, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 2 inches larger than your pan.
  9. Lift your dough over a rolling pin and lightly drape it over the pan.
  10. Press the dough gently into place with your fingertips.
  11. Prebake the pastry shell as "blind bake":
  12. Prick the bottom of the pastry shell with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes(this will help to stop it from shrinking during baking.)
  13. Place a large piece of parchment paper over the bottom and sides of the pastry shell. Fill the bottom with pie weights or dried uncooked beans.
  14. Bake it at 350F for 8-10 minutes, remove the weight and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until the bottom is dry and crisp.
  15. Leave the pie crust in the pan and continue with your recipe.
  16. Chocolate mixture:
  17. Put the cream, glucose(honey), vanilla bean and spices into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 10 minutes.
  18. Place the chocolate in a large bowl. Pour the flavored cream through a strainer over the chocolate. While the mixture ins warm, add the butter and stir gently using a spatula until blended.
  19. Don't over stir. Pour the mixture into the cooked pastry shell and let set in the refrigerator.
  20. Decorate the tart by dusting cocoa powder over it and add the cinnamon sticks and star anise.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g

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