Monthly Archives: December 2006


Chocolate Almond Tart

Makes one 10-inch tart, serves 6 to 8

1/2 recipe Tart Dough (see recipe)
3 eggs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons molasses
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups slivered almonds, toasted*
3/4 cup high quality semisweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Roll out chilled Tart Dough to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness and line a 10-inch tart shell with a removable bottom with the dough. Let rest in refrigerator at least 15 minutes, then prick bottom and sides with a fork and bake empty shell 10 to 12 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, butter, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Add almonds and chocolate and mix to coat evenly.

Pour filling into pre-baked tart shell and return to oven, bake until center is set, 35 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool on a rack. To serve, remove tart from tart pan and cut in wedges. Serve with whipped cream, crema, or crème fraiche.

* To Toast Nuts: Spread nuts on a sheet pan and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden, shaking occasionally. Be careful not to burn.


Tart Dough

Makes 2 tart shells

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Cream together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Add egg and salt and continue mixing until combined. Stir in flour with a large spoon, by hand, just until dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight.


Pear Ginger Pie

Makes 1 pie

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold lard or vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup ice cold water Read More


Chewy Date Bars

Makes 12 large squares

1 pound pitted dried dates, chopped
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (3 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 9- x 12-inch pan. Read More

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