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Treat of the Week: Chocolate Tart with Mint Mascarpone Cream

chocolate tart with mint mascarpone recipe

I have often wondered how someone stumbled upon the perfect pairing of chocolate and mint. These two, it seems, were made for each other.  Apart, they each enjoy good chemistry with a variety of other flavors, but when they come together it is sheer magic.  They are the Liz Taylor and Richard Burton of culinary couples.

Our treat for this week is a super simple chocolate tart paired with mint mascarpone cream. I first made this mint mascarpone cream for Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake, but it truly has found a better home here. Mint and chocolate are once again happily together on a single plate.

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chocolate tart with mint mascarpone recipe

Before you start:

Letting this cool completely before serving will allow it to dry out a bit and, yes, a ‘pudding skin’ will form. That’s intentional.

You may wish to adjust the mint up or down. This produces an adequate mint flavor, but if you prefer more intense mint add a few extra leaves.

The ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, finely ground
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter

For the filling:

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

For the cream:

  • 4 oz. mascarpone cream
  • 4 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 12-15 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

The method:

For the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  2. Add all ingredients together in a small bowl. Use a fork to combine
    them to a coarse sand consistency.
  3. Mash the crumbs into your tart pan.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely.

For the filling:

  1. Gather your materials and ingredients.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and starch in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the milk and mix well.
  4. Whisk in one egg yolk at a time.
  5. Set this mixture aside.
  6. Place heavy whipping cream and remaining milk in a saucepan. Bring to just boiling, stirring frequently.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Slowly pour the heated milk mixture into the chocolate/egg mixture while whisking.
  9. Transfer the pudding mixture to a clean saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  10. Stir constantly until thickened (about 4 or 5 minutes).
  11. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl through a strainer into a heatproof bowl.
  12. With a rubber spatula, stir in butter and vanilla.
  13. Add 1-ounce semisweet chocolate and 3 ounces dark chocolate to the bowl.
  14. Stir until well combined.
  15. Cool for about 3 minutes before pouring the mixture into prepared crust.  Smooth top with a rubber spatula.
  16. Cool, uncovered, completely before covering loosely with plastic wrap and storing in refrigerator.
  17. Top with Mint Mascarpone Cream to serve.

For the cream:

  1. Muddle the mint leaves and the sugar together with a pestle and mortar.
  2. Add the mixture to a bowl with cheese and whipping cream.
  3. With the whisk attachment start whipping on low speed and work up to the highest speed.
  4. Whip until stiff peaks form (around 2 – 3 minutes).
  5. Store in refrigerator. 


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