Salted chocolate tart

World Chocolate Day  

It seems only fitting that chocolate has its own day 7th July, I will remember this date as it is also my birthday to. Chocolate in fact has several celebration days and rightfully so. National Chocolate Day October 28th and International Chocolate Day September 13th. Although, I certainly don’t need an excuse to eat chocolate and it is a coincidence that it has been a tradition for me on my birthday for many years to make my favourite chocolate indulgent treat and that is my salted chocolate tart. I have been making it for years long before I ever knew that my birthday shared the same day as world chocolate day.  

To celebrate this day, I am posting my favourite chocolate recipes below. I hope you chocolate lovers out there will enjoy these recipes and celebrate the day with one of them.  

A chocolate lovers dream: this luscious chocolate tart is rich, silky sophisticated & elegant. Easy to make thanks to a few key shortcut ingredients.

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Salted chocolate tart

Yields-3 Servings

 300 g Oat Biscuits, or digestive biscuits
 125 g Butter, melted
 200 g Milk chocolate
 100 g Dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
 250 ml Double cream
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 3 tbsp Golden syrup
 1 tbsp Cornflour
 2 tbsp Milk, full fat
 Sea salt flakes, to taste

1

Prepare the biscuit case by blitz the biscuits in a food processor or by placing the biscuits into a food bag and bashing with a rolling pin until a fine crumb.

2

Pour the melted butter down the funnel of the processor and blitz again until coated with butter or if doing it by hand, pour the butter into the bag seal again and massage the butter into the biscuits. Press the biscuits into a 9" loose-bottomed fluted flan tin pushing up the side too, to create sides. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour until firm.

3

To prepare the filling, chop the chocolate finely and add to a saucepan along with the cream, vanilla extract, and golden syrup. Turn a low heat on underneath, mix until the chocolate has melted. In a small bowl whisk together the cornflour and milk. Whisk the cornflour mixture into the chocolate and stir constantly for 1 minute until a thick glossy chocolate mixture is achieved. Switch off the heat and allow to sit at room temperature for approx 30 minutes until cool enough to pour int the case with melting it.

4

When cool enough pour into the prepared tart case, wiggle to level the filling. Return to the fridge for a minimum of 60 minutes to firm up and set. Before serving sprinkle with sea salt flakes. If the entire tart isn't going to be used in one serving sprinkle individual slices with salt, as the salt will dissolve after a few hours.

Ingredients

 300 g Oat Biscuits, or digestive biscuits
 125 g Butter, melted
 200 g Milk chocolate
 100 g Dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
 250 ml Double cream
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 3 tbsp Golden syrup
 1 tbsp Cornflour
 2 tbsp Milk, full fat
 Sea salt flakes, to taste

Directions

1

Prepare the biscuit case by blitz the biscuits in a food processor or by placing the biscuits into a food bag and bashing with a rolling pin until a fine crumb.

2

Pour the melted butter down the funnel of the processor and blitz again until coated with butter or if doing it by hand, pour the butter into the bag seal again and massage the butter into the biscuits. Press the biscuits into a 9" loose-bottomed fluted flan tin pushing up the side too, to create sides. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour until firm.

3

To prepare the filling, chop the chocolate finely and add to a saucepan along with the cream, vanilla extract, and golden syrup. Turn a low heat on underneath, mix until the chocolate has melted. In a small bowl whisk together the cornflour and milk. Whisk the cornflour mixture into the chocolate and stir constantly for 1 minute until a thick glossy chocolate mixture is achieved. Switch off the heat and allow to sit at room temperature for approx 30 minutes until cool enough to pour int the case with melting it.

4

When cool enough pour into the prepared tart case, wiggle to level the filling. Return to the fridge for a minimum of 60 minutes to firm up and set. Before serving sprinkle with sea salt flakes. If the entire tart isn't going to be used in one serving sprinkle individual slices with salt, as the salt will dissolve after a few hours.

Salted Chocolate Tart

The chocolate lovers chocolate cake. This is a firm favourite of everyone in my house. Actually, I don't think I know anyone that doesn't like chocolate fudge cake.

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

Yields10 Servings

Cake
 275 g Plain flour
 25 g Cocoa powder
 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
 ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
 ½ tsp Fine sea salt
 100 g Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa solids
 150 g Butter
 175 g Soft light brown sugar
 50 g Caster sugar
 2 Eggs
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 150 ml Buttermilk or natural yoghurt
 60 ml Hot water
Icing
 100 g Butter
 450 g Icing sugar
 100 g Cocoa powder
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 90 - 110ml Milk

1

Heat oven to 190˚C/170˚C Fan. Line two 7" sandwich pans with parchment and grease with butter. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Give a quick mix and set aside.

2

Melt together the butter and chocolate, either by giving 30 second blast in the microwave stirring between each blast until the chocolate is meted or melt in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot water.

3

Whisk into the melted butter and chocolate the light brown sugar, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk until combined.

4

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until a thick and smooth, Whisk in the hot water, pour into the prepared cake pans and bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

5

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

6

Meanwhile, prepare the icing by beating the butter for a couple of minutes until pale and creamy with an electric mixer in a large bowl. (Butter must be soft, but still solid)

7

Sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa. mix briefly with a spatula into the butter. Add two - three spoonfuls of milk and vanilla. mix again starting off on a low speed with an electric mixer. Beat and add milk until a spreadable but thick consistency is achieved,

8

When Cakes have completely cooled, remove the parchment paper and place one upside down on a plate or cake stand. Dollop 1/3 of the icing on top and spread to the edge.

9

Place the second layer on top, again upside down. Dollop the remaining frosting on top. Spreading with an offset spatula covering the sides and top as smoothly or roughly as you like.

Ingredients

Cake
 275 g Plain flour
 25 g Cocoa powder
 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
 ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
 ½ tsp Fine sea salt
 100 g Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa solids
 150 g Butter
 175 g Soft light brown sugar
 50 g Caster sugar
 2 Eggs
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 150 ml Buttermilk or natural yoghurt
 60 ml Hot water
Icing
 100 g Butter
 450 g Icing sugar
 100 g Cocoa powder
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 90 - 110ml Milk

Directions

1

Heat oven to 190˚C/170˚C Fan. Line two 7" sandwich pans with parchment and grease with butter. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Give a quick mix and set aside.

2

Melt together the butter and chocolate, either by giving 30 second blast in the microwave stirring between each blast until the chocolate is meted or melt in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot water.

3

Whisk into the melted butter and chocolate the light brown sugar, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk until combined.

4

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until a thick and smooth, Whisk in the hot water, pour into the prepared cake pans and bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

5

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

6

Meanwhile, prepare the icing by beating the butter for a couple of minutes until pale and creamy with an electric mixer in a large bowl. (Butter must be soft, but still solid)

7

Sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa. mix briefly with a spatula into the butter. Add two - three spoonfuls of milk and vanilla. mix again starting off on a low speed with an electric mixer. Beat and add milk until a spreadable but thick consistency is achieved,

8

When Cakes have completely cooled, remove the parchment paper and place one upside down on a plate or cake stand. Dollop 1/3 of the icing on top and spread to the edge.

9

Place the second layer on top, again upside down. Dollop the remaining frosting on top. Spreading with an offset spatula covering the sides and top as smoothly or roughly as you like.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

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