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Toasted Walnut and Chocolate Tart

Toasted Walnut and Chocolate TartWith it's light crunch and orange zest, this tart will satisfy any chocolate-lover's cravings.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 cups plus 12 halves California walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup simple syrup* - divided use
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
12 ounces dark Belgian chocolate
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Zest of 2 large oranges, to candy for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Toast walnuts in a 350ºF (175ºC) oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. In a food processor coarsely chop 3 cups walnuts for crust. Place chopped walnuts in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup and the melted butter, mix well. Place mixture in a 10 inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom and press into pan with your fingers to form a crust. Put pan in freezer to firm while you complete the next step (about 10 minutes).
  3. Use a knife to break chocolate into small shards. In a medium saucepan bring cream to a boil, add chocolate and remove from heat. Stir until smooth. Stir in Grand Marnier. Pour mixture into chilled tart mold and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. In a small nonstick sauté pan, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons simple syrup and the orange zest. Cook over medium heat until most of the water has evaporated and the zest is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan and cool.
  5. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Remove tart from pan. To slice, use a knife dipped in hot water and wiped with a towel. Garnish slices with powdered sugar-dusted walnut halves and candied orange zest.

Makes 12 servings.

*In a small covered saucepan, simmer 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water for 4 minutes to dissolve crystals.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Walnut Marketing Board.