We have learned how to make a chocolate bark, and now we will see how we can cook a delicious pie crust.
Produced from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, chocolate is probably the most appreciated gift of Mother Nature. Chocolate is known for stimulating the cardio-vascular system; reduce blood pressure and endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure. It is also considered an aphrodisiac due to the pleasure one gets on its consumption. During the festive season, a box of chocolates makes a very traditional gift.
Now, chocolate can be grouped with dry fruits to give a superior feel to the palette. Other than being a great source of energy, dry fruits strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol and are proven to be anti-cancerous. Dry fruits such as dates, pistachios, almonds, etc. add a whole new dimension to the chocolate experience. They complement the flavor of chocolate beautifully along with the added crunch.
The possibilities for dishes with dry fruits and chocolate are endless. One great example of such is a freshly made chocolate dry fruit tart, which is sophisticated, yet easy to make.
1 pre-made pie crust
½ cup whipped cream
350g semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
1 cup assorted nuts(almonds, raisins, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts)
1 cup assorted dried fruits( apricots, pitted cherries, dried mango)
1 teaspoon butter
Preheat the oven at 400 degree F.
Line a medium tart pan with the rolled pie crust and trim around its edges.
Prick the crust at several places by the help of a fork and blind bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Mix nuts and dry fruits and spread evenly over the crust and place it in the refrigerator for chilling.
Meanwhile, melt the choco-chips with butter and salt in a water bath until smooth.
Pour melted chocolate over the tart along with the dry fruits and nuts.
Allow it to set in the refrigerator for about two hours.
Serve with whipped cream.
The tart is served cold along with fresh whipped cream on the side. Dried fruits and nuts of own desiring can be used.