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Chocolate and quince tart

You'll need

  • 3
  • eggs
  • 4
  • egg yolks
  • 175 gm
  • caster sugar
  • 375 gm
  • dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 250 gm
  • butter, coarsely chopped
  •  
  • Poached quince
  • 1 kg
  • caster sugar
  • 1
  • vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 8
  • small or 6 large quince, quartered, peelings reserved
  •  
  • Chocolate pastry
  • 200 gm
  • plain flour
  • 60 gm
  • pure icing sugar, sieved
  • 70 gm
  • Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 110 gm
  • cold butter, coarsely chopped
  • 3
  • egg yolks

Method

  • 01
  • For poached quince, preheat oven to 130C. Combine sugar, vanilla bean and seeds and 1.5 litres water in a saucepan, bring to the boil over medium heat, stir to dissolve sugar. Add quince, cover with peelings, then baking paper, bring to a simmer, cover with a lid, transfer to oven and bake until deep pink (4-6 hours).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for chocolate pastry, process flour, icing sugar and cocoa in a food processor until combined. Add butter, process until mixture resembles fine crumbs, then add egg yolks, process to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and bring pastry together with the heel of your hand. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roll pastry into a 32cm round on a lightly floured surface and line a 24cm-diameter, 4cm-deep buttered and floured tart tin. Refrigerate to rest (1 hour), blind bake until pastry is almost cooked (8-10 minutes), then remove weights and paper and bake until cooked through (8-10 minutes).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, whisk eggs, yolks and sugar in an electric mixer until pale (4-5 minutes). Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (4-6 minutes). Fold through egg mixture, then pour into hot tart base and bake until set (15-20 minutes). Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • 05
  • Meanwhile, remove quince from syrup and set aside. Strain syrup into a clean saucepan and reduce by half over medium heat (20-30 minutes). Cool slightly, return quince to syrup and serve quince and syrup to taste with tart. Remaining quince will keep refrigerated in a sterilised container for 1 month.
Note This tart is adapted from a recipe from London restaurant Le Gavroche. If you’re short of time, you could use a good-quality shop-bought chocolate pastry such as Carême’s chocolate shortcrust.. This recipe is from the July 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
  • 30 min preparation
  • 6 hrs cooking (plus resting, cooling)
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
  • 30 min preparation
  • 6 hrs cooking (plus resting, cooling)

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