Chocolate tart: Include this crunchy, showstopper dessert in your Christmas menu

Food experts say that tarts are of French origin. Photo: Onmanorama

Tarts with crunchy crusts and sweet top layers have umpteen fans, especially during the festival season. Many varieties of chocolate tarts are commonly available in our bakeries as well. Food experts say that tarts are of French origin and when included in festival menus, they can be quite a showstopper item as well. For Christmas this year, how about preparing a nutty, sweet tart at home? Here's the recipe:

For the base
200 g flour
1 tbsp icing sugar
100 g chilled butter
A little ice water
For the filling
70 g cooking chocolate
2 eggs
100 g butter
1 tin condensed milk
100 g walnuts chopped
1 tsp vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to 176 degree Celsius
Grease an 8-inch tart pan with butter and line it with butter paper
Sieve flour and icing sugar
Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips
Add a little ice water to make a rough dough
Keep this covered with a damp cloth in the fridge
Roll out the dough and place it in the tart pan
Prick the surface with a fork and half-bake the tart in the oven
For the filling
Beat the eggs, add the condensed milk and continue beating till it is frothy
Keep aside
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler
Add vanilla essence, walnuts and the egg mix
Pour this mix into the half-baked tart base
Bake for 20 minutes or till done

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