Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart

Dollops of whipped cream top the dessert tart after it cools from the oven. A sprinkling of chopped dark chocolate finishes it off.

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Chill: 30 mins
  • Bake: 38 mins 450/375
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Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart
Ingredients
1 1/4
1/4
cup sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup cold butter, cut up
1/2
cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
2
egg yolks, beaten
1
tablespoon ice water
1 1/4
cups whipping cream
2
tablespoons hazelnut liqueur
6
ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2
ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons sugar
1
tablespoon hazelnut liqueur
1
cup whipping cream
 
Chocolate-dipped toasted hazelnuts (optional)
 
Coarsely chopped dark chocolate (optional)
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter until pieces are pea size. Stir in nuts. In a small bowl stir together 2 eggs yolks and ice water. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Use your fingers to gently knead the pastry just until a ball forms. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until pastry is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten the pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle 11 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry around the rolling pin. Unroll it into a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Press pastry into fluted sides of tart pan; trim edges. (If pastry breaks when it is transferred to the pan, press together to seal.) Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine 1-1/4 cups whipping cream and 2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur. Bring mixture just to simmering over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped chocolates until mixture is smooth. Stir in 1 egg yolk until just combined. Pour mixture into baked tart shell. Bake for 25 minutes or until nearly set. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 1 cup whipping cream just until soft peaks form. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe mixture on top of cooled tart. If desired, top with chocolate-dipped hazelnuts and chopped dark chocolate. Makes 12 servings.
From the Test Kitchen

Prepare as directed through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Before serving, let stand at room temperature about 1 hour and continue as directed.

Nutrition Facts (Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart)
    Per serving:
  • 477 kcal cal.,
  • 39 g fat
  • (22 g sat. fat,
  • 142 mg chol.,
  • 145 mg sodium,
  • 30 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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