This week's recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was Chocolate-Chestnut Tart with Chestnut-Vanilla Syrup. I went on a search to three stores to find the chestnuts. My local grocery had them, but wanted to charge $16.00 for a jar. I just couldn't pay that. So I went on to find them at Trader Joe's in a very reasonably priced vacuum pack.
We started the recipe by making the chestnut syrup and cooking the chestnuts. The syrup was delicious. But, after removing the chestnuts from the syrup and tasting them we decided that we did not like the texture of the chestnuts. So we ditched them and roasted some pecans to use in the tart in their place.
We had prepared the sweet tart dough earlier in the day and allowed it to cool. We scattered the pecans around the bottom of the tart crust. The bittersweet chocolate filling was a breeze to make. We melted the butter and cream, poured it over the chocolate and mixed in the eggs. It formed a beautiful glossy chocolate ganache. This was poured over the nuts and baked for about 30 minutes.
This tart is rich and delicious. It was like eating hot fudge. We think it would be delicious even without the nuts, but we loved the pecans with it. We would definitely try this one again.
If you want to try this recipe it can be found on page 172 of Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Baking Chez Moi.