Aria Chocolate Tart with Hazelnuts Praline

October 07, 2015

Aria Chocolate Tart with Hazelnuts Praline

Chocolate galore? Yes, we are guilty on all accounts. This recipe has been following us since it was first displayed on the finale of the first edition of Masterchef Australia. It was a beautiful creation for one of Sydney's top restaurant, Matt Moran's Aria, by pastry chef Andrew Honeyset.

Don't be scared, it is actually very doable, especially since there are no judges watching you at every step, questioning your own sanity, and showing you that the clock is ticking.

This cake is incredibly delicious, luscious and it literally disappears in front of our eyes every time we make it!

Ingredients (a lot of chocolate, in any shape or form)

Chocolate Pastry

    320g Plain Flour
    60g Cocoa
    160g Caster Sugar
    160g Cold Unsalted Butter - Diced
    2 Eggs
    Pinch of Salt   

Chocolate Tart Mixture

    270g Dark Chocolate - Chopped*
    60g Butter - Diced
    315ml Cream
    3 Eggs
    2 Egg Yolks

* The original recipe called for Jivar or Jivara Chocolate, made by Valrhona. We replaced it with 270g of good quality dark chocolate with a high content of cocoa (at least 70%).

Chocolate Sauce - for the glacage

    60g cocoa
    200ml water
    120g caster sugar
    25g butter, diced

Chocolate Glacage

    300g dark chocolate, chopped
    240ml cream
    300ml chocolate sauce

Hazelnuts Praline

    100g Altalanga Organic Toasted Hazelnuts


Chocolate Pastry
Place the flour, cocoa, sugar, butter and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make sure the butter is cold, otherwise it will melt in the food processor making it a bit harder to work later on. Add the eggs and process until the dough starts to come together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Flatten into a disc shape: this will make it easier when you will place it into the tart tin. Cling wrap it and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Roll out the pastry to about 3mm thick. Line the base and sides of a tart tin (round or rectangular) with the pastry, and trim any excess. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to rest. Pin the base of the tart with a fork, this way the pastry will be able to "breathe". Line the pastry with baking paper and fill with baking weights, beans or rice. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove paper and weights and bake for a further 5-10 minutes at 180ºC.

Chocolate tart mixture
Place chocolate and butter in a bowl. Place cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour cream over chocolate in bowl and slowly stir until smooth. Try to incorporate less air as possible. Make sure the mixture is lukewarm before you stir in the eggs.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the tart shell up until about 3/4 full (you'll need to leave enough room for the glacage). Lower the oven to 160° (open it if necessary) and bake for 25 minutes or until the centre has just cooked and the top has just set. Take the tart out of the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before topping with the chocolate glacage. We recommend putting it in the fridge when it has cooled down.

Chocolate Sauce (for the Glacage)
Combine cocoa, water and sugar in a saucepan and stir over heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, stir in butter until melted and mixed. Strain through a sieve placed over a bowl and set aside.

Chocolate Glacage
Place chocolate in a large bowl. Place cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour cream over the chocolate in the bowl and stir until smooth. Add in the chocolate sauce that you just made and stir. When the completed tart has cooled, spoon or pour the glacage over the tart and place in fridge until firm.

Hazelnuts Praline
This is our gentle twist to the recipe. Place around 100g of delicious toasted hazelnuts in your mortar and pesto and crush them for few seconds. No need to add any sugar, and make sure to leave some pretty big chunks in there. Sprinkle the hazelnuts all over the cake, or only close to the border.

Make a good cup of coffee, or tea, and enjoy!

Aria Chocolate Tart with Hazelnuts Praline

Thanks to Matt Moran and his staff at Aria for this amazing recipe. We adapted the ingredients using Citrus & Candy's Blog.

PS. We are yet to find a good Italian brand of (organic if possible) chocolate. If you have tried or know a brand, please let us know and we'll be on our way to meet them very soon!