A delicious dessert recipe for Amaretti Chocolate Tart

Almond Crust
1 cup (100 g) raw almonds
1 packet (150 g) Amaretti biscuits
4 T (60 ml) melted butter
90 g dark chocolate, melted (we used Cadburys Bourneville)

Mousse Filling
3/4 cup (180 ml) water
3 T (45 ml) Amaretto (almond) liqueur or Frangelica (hazelnut liqueur)
1 x 310 g Ina Paarman’s Chocolate Mousse Mix
1 cup (250 ml) fresh cream

Praline Topping
1/2 cup (125 ml) white sugar
3 T (45 ml) water
2 T (30 ml) reserved chopped raw almonds

How to
Almond Crust
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position.
Preheat oven to 170C.

Blitz nuts in a processor until roughly crumbed. Spoon out 2 T and reserve for praline. Add biscuits and melted butter. Blend, until moist clumps form. Press mixture onto the base and up the sides of a well-buttered 22-23cm spring-form tin.

Bake for 12 minutes until golden and crispy. Leave to cool.
Melt chocolate over hot (not boiling) water and then scrape it into a small plastic sandwich bag (stand the bag up in a glass) – squeeze the chocolate into the one corner and snip a very small hole in that corner. Now pipe about 2/3 of the chocolate over the base of the tart in a criss-cross pattern. This chocolate ‘grid’ is enough to hold the crumbs and keep the base dry. Reserve the remaining chocolate (in the bag) to pipe over the tart for presentation.

Mousse Filling
Pour water and liqueur into a medium size mixing bowl. Sprinkle Chocolate Mousse Mix over and beat until well blended. Using the same beaters, whip the cream to the same consistency as the Mousse. Gently fold the cream into the mixture, using a spatula, blend until evenly mixed. Pour Mousse filling into crust piped with chocolate. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Praline Topping
Line a tray with baking paper. Use a smallish saucepan with a long handle.
Amaretti Chocolate Tart Place sugar and water in saucepan and tilt and shake (do not stir) regularly over high heat until sugar starts to melt. Keep shaking and tilting saucepan from time to time, until caramel turns golden. Add nuts and swivel the pot to cover them with caramel.

Pour out onto baking paper and tilt the tray to spread the caramel. Leave to cool.
Break and crush praline in a processor (see video). Immediately wrap tightly in baking paper and pack into an airtight container. Praline can be made the day before. Keep in the fridge. Sprinkle over tart. Gently warm chocolate in the same bag and pipe with melted chocolate.

By: Ina Paarman

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