Hazelnut & Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Hazelnut & Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Makes 12

Ingredients: 

Pastry

225g butter

200g (1 C) Huletts White Sugar

2 extra large eggs

500g (21/2 C) cake flour

 

Ganache

225g dark chocolate

60ml (1/4 C) cream

100g hazel nuts

50g dark chocolate for shavings

Method: 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C.

2. Pastry: Combine the butter and Huletts White Sugar in a blender and while it is still running, add the eggs one at a time.

3. Add the cake flour and blend into a dough. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

4. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut the pastry into circles (3 mm) with a biscuit cutter and line 12 small greased patty pans and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

5. Bake the tart shells for 10 minutes, allow to cool.

6. Place the hazelnuts in a roasting pan and roast them for 5 minutes.

7. Place them in a dishcloth, rubbing them to remove the skins. Chop roughly.

8. Ganache: Place the chocolate and cream in double boiler and stir until melted.

9. Mix the nuts into the chocolate mixture and fill pastry shells.

10. To make the chocolate shavings: melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Pour onto a metal or marble surface and allow to set. Scrape a palette knife along the chocolate to form curled shavings. Decorate tarts with the chocolate curls.