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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chocolate Mango Tart


Its mango season. Maldivian mangoes a smaller compared to the famous Alphonso mangoes but still  full of  flavor and perfume.  This tart was inspired after eating a chocolate bar , which  was  made up of dark chocolate slab  with a mango filling. The slight  bitter flavor of the chocolate balanced the sweet taste of the mango filling.
So I set about searching for the perfect filling and tart base. The first time I made it I used a chocolate sweet crust pastry and made the usual mango curd without gelatin but it ended up  disastrous , as the filling seeped out when I sliced it to serve. Then I found a recipe,  where  they had used a little gelatin  so the curd sets nicely and stays in place when I sliced  the tart. I used a biscuit base  this time using Nigella Lawson's  biscuit base recipe she used for her  grasshopper pie , using Oreos instead of bourbon biscuits.  The result was a delicious!!.

Recipe:  Chocolate Mango Tart 

Mango Curd Filling : 
4-5 Maldivian Mangoes ( thats about 2 large ones the recipe I refered to uesd 15oz mangoes)
3/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lime( about 2 tbsp)
1 1/2 tsp gelatin powder ( plain ) or use plain agar agar powder
4 egg yolks ( freeze the whites to use for another desert, dont waste )
4 tbsp  butter, cut into cubes

Chocolate tart base :
300g oreo cookies
50g dark chocolate ( I used Lindt 70 % dark chocolate ) finely chopped
50g + 2 tbsp  softened butter

Prepare your tart base by placing your oreos in a food processor and process to fine crumbs, add chocolate and butter and pulse a few times,  till they start to stick together.
Press the mixture on a loose bottomed spring form pan, I think its about 8-10 inch pan ( I am hopeless when it comes to checking the size of the tin) , if you dont have one use a regular cake pan or pie plate. Press firmly . Place in fridge  to harden  about 3-4 hours .

Note : If you dont have a food processor, place your oreos in a plastic bag or zip lock bag and give a good bash with the rolling pin or heavy frying pan till you get some nice crumbs. Add into a  bowl and mix in the butter and chopped chocolate.

Prepare your curd filling  by  pureeing your mangoes ( after peeling and slicing them of course) with the sugar to a smooth puree.  ( some recipes ask to strain it but I didnt bother with it ) .

Squeeze  your lime  in to a small bowl, Sprinkle with gelatin and leave it for 10 minutes to soften.

Bring a small pan  filled with 2 inches of water to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.

Place your egg yolks in a heat proof glass or metal bowl, give a good whisk,  pour the  mango mixture along with gelatin into the egg mixture. Place this  bowl over the pan of simmering water on the stove top ( the water  in the pan should not touch the bowl. ) Whisk constantly till the mixture becomes thick and the gelatin dissolves, (about 15  minutes).  Switch off heat and  whisk in butter , cube at a time, whisking  after the addition of each cube so the butter melts into the curd.

Take the bowl off the pan and cool it down a little, 5- 10 minutes ( dont forget about it, the gelatin might set!!!). Once its cool enough to pour into the tart base, pour into the set  tart base and place in fridge to set about 1-2 hours.

Cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!!!


13 comments:

  1. Wow....... Delicious combo tart , looks yummm!

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  2. you have done it so perfectly...looks yum

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  3. super tempting tart..Nice combo of chocolate and mangoes.

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  4. this looks so good my daughter would gobble it up

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  5. This looks amazing! Love the striking colour contrast. Simply beautiful.

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  6. I've been craving to make tart for quite some time and your post isn't helping me... :( Looks so so delicious....

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  7. Wat a neat and droolworthy tart, that chocolate base makes the tart more appealing.

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  8. What a gorgeous tart! Irresistible! Have a great Friday and weekend too Nammi!

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  9. Great idea to combine chocolate with mango!

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  10. What a perfect dessert! I love it that you have used chocolate crust! Looks really attractive with the sunny yellow of the mangoes and looks absolutely delicious too!

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  11. Omg yummmmm! I am a mango fanatic, this sounds perfect! Thanks for the post, I'm lovin' your blog!

    Gina
    www.thepinkwings.com

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