Orange chocolate tart

Orange chocolate tart

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus chilling

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Cuts into 10 slices
A grown-up make-ahead dessert that looks gorgeous when sliced. It's easy to transport too, if you're taking it to a friend's for pudding

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal666
  • fat32g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs91g
  • sugars70g
  • fibre0g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.43g
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    For the pastry

    • 175g butter



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    • 100g caster sugar
    • 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 25g ground almond
    • 1 egg, beaten



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    For the filling

    • 5 eggs



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    • 200g caster sugar
    • juice and finely grated zest 4 oranges



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    • juice 1 lemon



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    • 142ml pot double cream
    • 140g dark chocolate, chopped
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    For the caramelised orange salad

    • 2 oranges, peeled and zest finely shredded



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    • 200g caster sugar


    1. Make the pastry by tipping the butter, sugar, flour and almonds into a food processor, then whizzing until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add a little egg at a time, pulsing until the pastry comes together – you may not need all the egg. Tip out the pastry and knead briefly to bring together. Shape into a flat round, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.

    2. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to line a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin, leaving an overhang around the edges. Line the case with baking paper, fill with baking beans, then blind-bake for 20 mins until golden. Remove the beans, then continue to cook for 10 mins until the base is also golden, then set aside to cool. Reduce oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.

    3. Meanwhile, make the filling. Whisk the eggs and sugar well, then whisk in the juices, zest and cream. Scrape into a jug and set aside. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Once the case is cool, trim the overhanging pastry, then brush liberally with chocolate. Chill briefly to set, then repeat and set again.

    4. Return the tart case to the oven, then quickly yet carefully pour in the orange custard to the top. Bake for 45-50 mins until the custard has just set, then cool in the tin. If you’re making ahead, this can now be chilled overnight.

    5. For the orange salad, segment the oranges over a bowl, catching any juice and squeezing out the leftover membrane. Put the zest in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, then strain and set aside. Melt the sugar in a saucepan with a splash of water, then bring to the boil. Bubble until you have an amber caramel; then, still on the heat, tip in the zest, orange segments and juice. Swirl around for a moment before tipping into a bowl. Turn the tart out onto a plate and drizzle a little syrup from the oranges over. Spoon a segment or two of orange, a bit of zest and a little syrup on each portion of tart and serve the rest of the oranges separately.

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    18th Apr, 2013
    40 mins prep time!!! I am yet to taste the tart, but 4 hours after I started, it is finally out of the oven. I am now going to make the caramelised oranges and hopefully by tomorrow it will be ready to serve. The bowl scrapings of the orange custard were yummy.
    18th Dec, 2011
    This was not good. Orange flavoured scrambled egg quiche! Should have had some butter or cornflour to stop it curdling. Really unpleasant texture and the pastry was rock hard by the time it was twice cooked. No stars from me. I'm quite a good cook and this wasn't difficult to make. Only good thing was the classic flavour of choc orange.
    17th Oct, 2011
    Tasted wonderful and the custard set perfectly after 50 minutes in the oven and several hours chilling. I think it's important to make sure the chocolate is solid before pouring in the custard but a quick spell in the freezer sorted that out. I too had problems with the pastry - it was far to crumbly to roll despite feeling quite wet and having been chilled. I found it much easier to press the dough into the tin with my hands but it's hard to get thin. Next time I'll use a different pastry recipe.
    29th Jul, 2011
    This recipe is absolutely fabulous and went down a storm at a dinner party. It really is worth the effort ( and the calories !). My only problem was making the caramel, my sugar was boiling down nicely and getting very sticky. I was expecting it to start to color any second but it suddenly went dry, back to sugar! I put in some of the water I had soaked the orange zest in and it was rescued. The sauce was delicious and an orange colour so all was not lost. I made 2 in an aga. The one higher up almost curdled but still tasted great so watch the heat. It is well worth doing the chocolate in layers. Had not probs with soaking in to the pastry. Putting the flan in the ovens saves the liquid sloshing everywhere. Thanks
    27th Jul, 2011
    Very dissapointing. Pastry came out fine however like Tricia my filling was also very runny and despite leaving it in the oven for well over an hour and chilling overnight it still didn't set. Any advice?
    14th Mar, 2014
    I did use half a tbsp of cornflower and the filling set perfectly. However, I didn't have to use all the filling in a 24cm tart tin.
    24th Apr, 2011
    Help!!!! Mine was a disaster the custard was very liquid and certainly didn't need to be scraped into the jug. I tried twice but failed. I whisked the eggs and sugar until it doubled in volume but when I added the juice it was soooo runny. Any advice??
    14th Mar, 2014
    Try 1/2 a tbsp of cornflower or 1 tbsp. Hope it works the third time :)
    14th Feb, 2011
    agree point 5 not too clear. Enjoyed it my dad loved it rest of us not sure it was ok. Was going to make one to take to a "ladies WOT lunch " but change mind as not 100% sure
    23rd Oct, 2010
    This is now my second favourite cake ever.. its intensely orangey, with a wonderful mix of flavours. The last batch at my parents house lasted about 2 minutes! I recommend taking the effort to do the topping, it really does make a difference, as its very sharp and zesty. However it goes soggy after a while, so add it just before serving. Tip for stopping the chocolate melting into the pastry: After baking the pastry case, brush the inside with beaten egg, then pop back in the oven for a minute to set. This shold "waterproof" the pastry case and prevent the chocolate or filling making it go soggy. (Also works for quiches)


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